Addiction

The content of this article is from the book “The Comprehensive Guide to Glutathione”
by Dr. Jimmy Gutman MD

Addiction is now considered a brain disease in which distinct biochemical

and physiological processes change brain structure and function.

Addiction is characterized by chronic, repetitive, compulsive behavior,

including drug abuse, gambling even shopping and sex-all with potentially  

disastrous results. Patients are compelled to continue this behavior, even when they

understand the negative consequences.

Many addictive conditions have demonstrated similar biochemical changes

including lowered glutathione metabolism and increased oxidative stress. Examples

include compulsive gambling, as well as abuse of cannabis(marijuana),cocaine,

amphetamine, and nicotine (tobacco) released with each puff of smoke, wreaking

havoc in the lungs and airways, often leading to lung disease and cancer. In 2015 Prado et al

 showed significant differences between NAC and a placebo group in both cigarette

consumption and exhalation of carbon monoxide gas. Although only a few small

studies looked specifically at smoking from the addictive perspective, early indications

suggest that larger trials are warranted.