Nicotine is an addictive and powerful drug. Smokers can feel miserable and even physically ill if they havenâ??t had a cigarette for a while. To keep the mind and body at ease theyâ??ll reach for another one to keep nicotine levels up.
Smokers are addicts and escaping from the claws of addiction is hard but possible. Letâ??s ask a couple of addiction experts how to stop smokingâ?¦
Hypnotist Roger Willard believes the biggest obstacle to stop smoking is the smokerâ??s beliefs. He says we are told by the media that it is hard to stop smoking and that nicotine is a powerful drug. Some people even compare it to heroin. Willard has different beliefs:
â??Smokers say itâ??s just â??so hardâ?? to quit. With those beliefs bombarding the mind, it is no wonder they believe they canâ??t quit. And what the mind believes becomes a personâ??s reality. A simple first step is to begin to believe that quitting is possible. Most people probably know someone who decided one day to stop smoking and just did it. That person did not go through drug withdraw therapy (as happens with heroin addicts). He or she just changed his or her mind and did it.â?
Get angry to kill the habit
â??After accepting that it can be done, it is time for that person to get mad. I have discovered in working with clients that when people get mad or have a tremendous emotional reaction to something, they change. Almost everyone has gotten mad at something in their life and said something like, â??never again!â?? and never did it again.
â??If the smoker can become mad, mad at him/herself, at the cigarette companies, the cigarettes, friends who donâ??t want them to quit (misery loves company), mad at everyone and everything enough for him or her to say, â??never again!â??. If they can, in themselves, build that anger strong enough, it can happen. It is that mind-changing event that can make it happen. My advice: go get mad!â?
Take stock and make life changes
â??Smokers say itâ??s just â??so hardâ?? to quit. With those beliefs bombarding the mind, it is no wonder they believe they canâ??t quit. And what the mind believes becomes a personâ??s reality. A simple first step is to begin to believe that quitting is possible…” – Roger Willard, hypnotist [/su_pullquote]
Next up is doctor of medicine Henry Abraham. He has detoxed thousands of addicts from every drug imaginable. He has heard them say the following over and over again, â??you can get rid of my heroin, get rid of my coke, but please don’t stop my cigarettes!”
According to Abraham nicotine is among the most addictive drugs on earth and probably the toughest to give up. He says you can start to feel craving after smoking only a few cigarettes for a few days. To kill the habit Willard advises to get angry but according to Dr. Abraham the solution is to change oneâ??s life. He advises smokers to do a personal inventory of smoking habits.
â??Smokers need to write a list of when and how they smoke. Then they also need to compose a list of all the things they need to do to break the pattern. Smoking behaviour is tightly intertwined with the activities of daily life, so that what is required to quit is to carefully tease apart each strand of their lives that is tied to smoking and separated from the behaviour they want to change, says Dr. Abraham.
According to Abraham, the patterns are often different for each person. â??For one person it may be breaking the link between sitting down with a cup of coffee and smoking. For another it may be breaking the link between smoking and a glass of wine. To beat the habit, each of those possible links to smoking need to be broken. Because they vary from person to person, no one plan is likely to help all people. Quitting is simple if they change their life.â?
We have two experts with two different views here. One advises smokers to get seriously angry, the other to change oneâ??s life. Which style will you adopt when you lay down the cigarettes?
Author: Jamie Waddell is an internet journalist. He specialises in health, fitness and addiction issues and is a regular contributor to numerous health-related websites. Research for this article was been commissioned by online doctor and pharmacist Chemist Direct.
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