Nicotine is a chemical that causes causes addiction, and is the reason why it is so hard to quit smoking cigarettes.
To quote the American Society of Addiction Medicine,
“Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.”
Nicotine is extremely effective at hijacking areas of the brain that influence our survival based behaviours, habitual instincts and ability to reason. The resulting nicotine addiction is the underlying cause for all those seemingly uncontrollable, and often extreme, cravings for cigarettes.
In order for a smoker to reform and heal from addiction, they literally have to change the physiology of their brain and cure the disease. This is not an easy feat!
Most who attempt to quit smoking will undoubtedly suffer a whole range of nicotine withdrawal symptoms and side effects.
Now, while it can be really hard to quit smoking cigarettes, it is of course not impossible to do. Even for you!
Millions of ex smokers now enjoy a life free from cigarette addiction! There are also things you can do to make quitting smoking easier.
Did you know…
- It becomes less difficult to quit smoking as you learn more about addiction and how nicotine affects the brain.
- It becomes less difficult to quit smoking as you come up with more effective strategies and perhaps a more serious and well thought out quit smoking plan.