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What You Need To Know About Smoker’s Flu


Have you ever heard of smoker’s flu (also known as quitter’s flu)? Unless you once smoked cigarettes or know someone who stopped smoking recently, the chances are slim that you have. In general, smoker’s flu refers to a series of nasty, flu-like symptoms that can accompany severe forms of nicotine withdrawal. Obviously, though, this illness is not a legitimate virus, like the actual flu. After people cut off their supply of the drug and quit using cigarettes, their bodies will start to react adversely due to the depletion in a way that mimics that nasty seasonal sickness. Let’s take a closer look at what you need to know about smoker’s flu.

Flu vs. Regular Withdrawal

So, how do you tell the difference between regular nicotine withdrawal and smoker’s flu? On the surface, this distinction is pretty difficult to identify, given the fact that many symptoms of nicotine withdrawal are identical to symptoms of the flu bug. Addicts may suffer from lethargy, a sore throat, nausea, vomiting, fever, or a runny nose; all telltale signs of the virus.

Overall, one way to distinguish between the real flu and the imitation flu is to use nicotine replacement therapy. By using NRTs, patients will reduce these symptoms and will know if they are really sick. Also, consider when you started suffering from these problems. Did it take place right after you stopped smoking or halfway through withdrawal?

Easing the Smoker’s Flu

So how do you alleviate the uncomfortable, inconvenient, and downright irritating smoker’s flu? The same answer applies to regular situations involving nicotine withdrawal: find a distraction. Treat it like any other sickness and get plenty of rest. Don’t forget to hydrate, eat healthy foods, and find an escape from your troubles. Just like the real flu, you will be able to manage your symptoms.

Seeking Treatment for Cigarette Use

Remember that addiction can be triggered by one shot of alcohol or a single puff of a cigarette, but the true danger of this sickness is that you cannot fully determine how much you have to consume before your mind forms an attachment. Social smoking is just as dangerous as chronic smoking, on many levels, but you do not have to smoke to have a good time. Remember, drugs cannot determine if you have fun and do not have control over your life.

If you are suffering from a severe case of drug abuse or addiction, or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of alcohol withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.

If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.