What it isSmoking nicotine is a form of substance addiction which has a prevalence of about 13% for males and females aged 18 and above in Australia, of those who smoke daily. Addiction is a disease that involves altered chemicals in the brain and increased urge to repetitively use a substance or engage in unhealthy behaviour.
What it includesSmoking is associated with various long-term health complications including cancer, heart disease, stroke, emphysema, and other respiratory diseases. In the short-term, smoking can cause dental problems, reduced fertility, and increased risk of osteoporosis. Smoking is also known to be higher among those with mental health issues including psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. Additionally, smoking has been found to cause stress rather than relieve it. Individuals suffering from nicotine addiction often require assistance in managing and achieving cessation due to the changes in brain structure that occur when an individual repetitively uses this substance. Relapse is also prevalent in those individuals who have ceased using a substance, which can apply to nicotine.
What we doA psychologist can assist you in understanding the cycle of addiction, utilising a biopsychosocial approach. Your psychologist will also collaboratively assist you in achieving your smoking cessation goal, through setting smaller goals towards the long-term goal, and addressing any barriers to achieving this goal. Your psychologist may use various evidence-based therapies to assist you with achieving your treatment goals including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.
Dr Richard Alexander"Psychologist"
Richard Alexander BA (Psych) M. Psych. PHD (Psych)Psychologist Richard has a long and varied career in psychological research and practice. Originally qualifying through an honours degree where he ...To make an appointment, you can book Dr Richard Alexander online, or call KCPSYCH on 3256 6320 today.
Greg Currie"Clinical Psychologist "
Greg Currie has been working for many years as a Clinical Psychologist and has over 20 years experience in independent private practice, hospitals and other settings. He has worked primarily with adul...To make an appointment, you can book Greg Currie online, or call KCPSYCH on 3256 6320 today.
Jasmin Singh"Psychologist, Brisbane Minds Approved Provider"
Jasmin has completed six years of study at the University of Queensland to attain her registration as a psychologist. She has worked in private practice and in mobile service settings. She presented h...To make an appointment, you can book Jasmin Singh online, or call KCPSYCH on 3256 6320 today.
Marion Sullivan"Psychologist, Brisbane Minds Approved Provider"
Marion Sullivan BSc (AppPsych), PGDipPsych GradCertDAlcDrugSt AssocMAPSPsychologist Marion completed her Bachelor of Science (Applied Psychology) through the University of Southern Queensland, and h...To make an appointment, you can book Marion Sullivan online, or call KCPSYCH on 3256 6320 today.
Nicole Fox"Psychologist, Brisbane Minds Approved Provider"
Nicole Fox Psychologist Nicole completed six years of study in 2013, finishing with her postgraduate degree in health psychology at the University of Queensland. Nicole has since worked in private pra...To make an appointment, you can book Nicole Fox online, or call KCPSYCH on 3256 6320 today.