Quitting smoking and healing from addiction is a long term process, one that takes many, many months. Sure, the chemical dependency might only take several weeks to breakdown, but the more advanced, neurological damage caused by addiction takes a lot longer to recover from. [Read more...]
I doubt there has ever been a smoker genuinely happy to fail at quitting. Most, if not all, successful quitters have failed and relapsed at some point in their life as a nicotine addict.
I am sure all long term ex smokers know very intimately, the feelings of hopelessness and defeat that come with relapse. After all, relapse is so common, it is perhaps the only reason smoking is still so prevalent in society. [Read more...]
You will never smoke again.
Accepting this is perhaps the most daunting aspect of quitting smoking and nicotine addiction recovery. The thought of never having another cigarette can be so overwhelming, that smokers will willingly go to the grave an addict and never again taste a life free from the disease addiction. If you have decided that you no longer want to be a drug addict who is always in need, the reality of never smoking again is what you must ultimately face up to. [Read more...]
If you find yourself dreaming about smoking cigarettes in the middle of a quit smoking campaign, don’t be alarmed. As this study suggests; it’s an entirely normal phenomenon and one to be expected during both chemical withdrawal and medium to long term recovery. Dreaming about drug use is very common among almost all forms of recovering drug addict, a fact also confirmed by this study. [Read more...]
If you have ever attempted to quit smoking, there is a good chance you’re familiar with the notion of quitter’s remorse. You may recognize it as the occasional feeling of regret we have over making the decision to quit smoking and cause ourselves to suffer the healing process. [Read more...]
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Perhaps the Most Powerful Therapeutic Aid for use with any Quit Smoking Campaign.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), is one of the most powerful therapeutic aids available to smokers who want to quit. Whether you quit cold turkey, using nicotine replacement therapy, medication or even hypnosis, CBT will significantly improve your chances of long term success. Why? Because it enhances the most influential and powerful component to any quit smoking campaign… You! [Read more...]
It is not uncommon to hear smokers and even the occasional ex smoker; talk about their wishful thoughts of being able to remain a social smoker and not be so vulnerable to addiction. Often, they will also make reference to someone they know who only smokes on “special occasions,” such as hanging out at the pub for a few drinks with friends. For the sake of clarity, I am not referring to people who have the occasional “bum puff,” on a cigarette. I am referring to smokers who have a regular pattern of lighting up under certain circumstances, such as social events. [Read more...]
It’s not uncommon to hear of people struggling to find sleep when they stop smoking. For an unlucky few, it may even lead to insomnia. It can be pretty tempting to single out nicotine withdrawal as being the cause for this. The truth however, is that there are many things that may contribute to a person experiencing insomnia during their quit campaign. The most likely candidate being caffeine. [Read more...]
Quitting smoking is as much about preventing relapse as it is about healing from the addiction. Throughout the quitter’s journey, there are a number of circumstances that will increase an individual’s risk of relapse. If you are quitting, increase your odds by taking control and becoming familiar with the following risks… [Read more...]