Quitting smoking and healing from addiction is a long term process. One that takes many, many months. Even though the chemical dependency itself only takes several weeks to breakdown, the more advanced, neurological damage caused by addiction takes a lot longer to recover from.
By neurological damage, I am referring to the immense number of neural pathways and connections that link smoking and the intake of nicotine to behavioural, emotional and environmental cues.
The question, “do the cravings EVER stop?” is often asked on many quit smoking forums and support pages.
It is not unusual to see medium term quitters metaphorically, “lose the plot,” at finding themselves still battling through a wall of cravings several months into their quit. The question, “do the cravings EVER stop?” is often asked on many quit smoking forums and support pages.
So, do they? If you have quit smoking and ever find yourself asking this very question, I suggest you pause and reflect over your own quit and how far you have come.
Has the experience progressively gotten better? Are your cravings as frequent, intense or long lasting as they were in the early weeks and months?
Have you noticed you have spent less time thinking about your quit this month than you did last month or the month before?
Unless you are EXTREMELY pessimistic by nature, I am confident you will find it has gotten better, and over time, significantly better. The plasticity of your brain ensures it.
In time, the most you will be left with is a shadow of a crave. A thought that usually disappears by the time you acknowledge it was there in the first place.
So, given this trend; can you not see the healing process working? Can you not trust and accept the healing process will continue to work until you are healed? Can you not trust, that one day, you WILL stop experiencing these walls of craving and be free to get on with the rest of your life in comfort?
Every crave is an opportunity for the brain to weaken and metabolise another connection. In time, the most you will be left with is a shadow of a crave, a thought that usually disappears by the time you acknowledge it was there in the first place.
Given even more time, the shadow itself will disappear. It WILL happen, it WILL get better, and it WILL take time. Trust in the process, have faith in your brain’s ability to heal and focus now on building a better, healthier, happier and more active life.