On the website The Influence, Dr. Morris discusses the role tobacco use plays in the treatment of persons diagnosed with a mental illness. And let’s be clear, it’s not a good one.
“When you’re smoking, nicotine metabolizes the drugs quicker,” Dr. Morris explains, so higher doses [of medications to treat their illness] are often required. When pressed about the claim that tobacco use helps people to “self-medicate,” he pointed out that “Nicotine does correct for some of the deficits that some individuals with mental illness have, but only for about five minutes.”
Making the disadvantages of smoking outweigh the short-term advantages.
To read the full article, go to The Influence’s website here.