Some people have sought out the use of vape e-cigarettes as a way to stop smoking. Others have used vaping as a way to “safely” get their fix for a nicotine habit. The key to know is that vaping isn’t safe, and its short- and long-term effects, especially on the lungs, can be life-threatening. More so, much is unknown about its role in encouraging drug and alcohol addiction. At the Rockland Recovery Treatment Centers, we offer comprehensive treatment for those struggling with vaping.
Is Vaping Safe?
There are some things you should know about vaping. First, when it comes to using e-cigarettes or smoking a traditional cigarette, vaping is safer. These products still have nicotine in them, but they do not contain the same types of toxic chemicals that are found when smoking in tobacco products. However, that’s not to say they are chemical-free. In fact, there’s not a lot known about what types of chemicals are in e-cigarettes.
What About the Lungs?
Several people have suffered from lung damage after using e-cigarettes. Some of them have had severe lung injuries and even have died due to using these products. Many used black market e-liquids that contained a range of unknown chemicals in them. Some also modified their vaping devices to create a different effect. This contributed to lung damage.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that those at highest risk for damage to the lungs are using products that:
- Contain Vitamin E acetate that is used to thicken the liquid
- Used THC-containing products
- Purchased products from friends, family, or off the street
- Modified their devices
What Are Other Risks of Using e-Cigarettes?
There is a lot that is unknown about these products. However, doctors believe that vaping can harm both the lungs and the heart. That stems from the nicotine itself, which can cause a spike in blood pressure and adrenaline. There is a higher risk of developing lung conditions like asthma from use.
It’s also important to remember that vaping is still addictive. The nicotine within it – or THC in some products – is highly addictive and creates long-term habits. This can lead to a worsening of damage to the lungs. There is also some indication that using vaping, especially in teens, can lead to more likelihood of using other drugs that are more harmful. This type of routine use can lead to the desire to seek more powerful drugs like heroin, marijuana, or even cocaine.
How to Get Help for Vaping Use
If you are struggling with vaping use, treatment can offer some key help. It is more than just putting away the e-cigarettes. It is also important to consider treatment for the underlying cause of your addiction. Our team at Rockland Recovery Treatment Centers provides a wide range of services to help you. This includes one-on-one treatment and group therapy. If you are using these products or other drugs, you can learn how to better manage your health with our team.
From sober living homes to outstanding resources for holistic and evidence-based therapy, we offer the care you need. Learn more about our programs:
- Men’s rehab program
- Women’s rehab program
- Day partial hospitalization programs
- Day intensive outpatient program
- Evening intensive outpatient program
Call Rockland Recovery Treatment Centers for Support Today
Vaping may seem like a simple hobby, but there are risks that come with its use. If you are using e-cigarettes, your lungs are at risk, but so is your risk for developing an addiction. Our team at Rockland Recovery Treatment Centers can offer support for those looking for a way to work through addiction to this or other drugs. Call us at 855.732.4842 or connect with us online now.