Smoking is one of the commonest types of addiction that hits both women and men equally. Many smokers would like to quit smoking, but they simply can get to the right direction. Since I have had a rich experience with this type of addiction, I consider myself as an adequate person in this field. I will write the five steps I followed in my struggle against the addiction – the ten steps which made me a better person.
Planning your quit-smoking-date will not make the addiction problem even bigger – if you quit it right now, the cigarettes will be more precious to you and quitting process will be more elusive. I DO NOT recommend the cold turkey method since it is not effective at all (at least it was not in my case) and causes only a relapse.
After you plan your quit-date, have enough cigarettes to cover the period until that D day. Do not keep a single cigarette in your house after your withdrawal date comes. It will come to you in one moment that you could smoke one just for the sake of old times, and you have to start all over again.
Cigarettes don’t give you anything but the addiction problem. The false feeling of relaxation when you smoke it is nothing when compared to your health. Admit that you have an addiction and you want to get rid of it. Think positive and look forward – you are losing nothing; instead, you are gaining health, energy, self-respect, freedom, and money.
There is no physical pain during withdrawal like it is the case with some other types of addiction (drugs-heroin for example)! The physical nicotine crisis will last few days so you can be cool and even make jokes about it. How cool is to have a cup of coffee without smoking a cigarette, choking yourself with all that smoke?
Do not try to ignore thoughts about smoking. Instead, every time you think how it would be great to smoke one, you say to yourself: “Well, it is great that I don’t need to smoke anymore. And I don’t want to smoke anymore!” This will boost your self-confidence so much you couldn’t believe it. If you can say this to yourself at this point (without lying), you are half-way done.
One of the times people fall back into the cigarette habit is when they are drinking or using drugs. If you are addicted to cigarettes and also have other addictions to drugs or alcohol then visit a rehab place such as The Recovery Village Ohio.
All smokers are aware of the fact that smoking damages health significantly and shortens the lifetime. However, the only small percentage of smokers manages to quit smoking once forever since nicotine from cigarettes offers a great way of relieving stress. More than 80% of smokers confirmed that they started smoking because they felt much more relaxed after a cigarette. Therefore, it is clear that inhaling nicotine is nothing but a bad habit that takes your stress away, leaving you smelling like an ashtray.
Some people prefer the traditional “cold turkey” method where you suddenly reject cigarettes, and you don’t want to smoke them anymore. Even though it works for some people, some people don’t like to take this method as their primary way of quitting since they often restart their smoking habits after some time. Many types of researches reported that the best way to quit smoking is to make a detailed plan about it. You need to consider many things – are you a heavy smoker, is there any social gatherings, people or places that you associate with smoking, are you smoking more when you are under the stress and many other. If you are not a heavy smoker, a simple nicotine patch will do the job, and in a few days you will not have any “wish for cigarettes”. Otherwise, you will need to answer the questions above
After you answer these questions, you can START quitting. Why did I write START, you will find out below – it is a great method of quitting that has “unique approach” to the problem.
S-set a date, usually within the two weeks, to prepare yourself and to eliminate the possibility of losing motivation.
T-tell your friends that you want to quit and you need their support. Find one that also wants to quit and help each other.
A – anticipate and plan a way of eliminating your appetite for nicotine.
R – remove all lighters, ashtrays, matches, and cigarettes to minimalize the appetite for cigarettes.
T- talk to doctors if you have a wild desire for cigarettes. Try getting medication if you can’t handle the problem well. This is the last stage of the process, and if you manage to prevent yourself from taking any medications, you are good to go.
Try to keep your mind busy and try to relax. When you have a to-do list, you will not think about smoking and withdrawal process. Relaxing, like taking a warm bath or meditating, will give you much better enjoyment than cigarettes would. At that point, you will realize that smoking is anything but healthy and good for you.
Leaving something behind, especially a habit that makes you relaxed is a very hard task that not so many can accomplish on their own. When it comes to smoking, the biggest problem is not to smoke “just one cigarette” after you made a break of three days of not smoking. Nicotine is among the “easiest addictions” where a severe physical pain in the midst of the withdrawal process does not exist. You could experience anxiety, restlessness, insomnia or depression but not any physical pain. So why it is so hard to stop smoking in the end? Two things can explain why the process is complex and difficult: forced decisions, and eliminating the desire for smoking.
Often when you are forced to do something, you are not so happy about it. The catch is not to force yourself to quit smoking, but rather to remove your desire for smoking. Don’t be fooled that you need to use stop-smoking-aids, like patches and e-cigarettes – these will just make things even worse. Some people find these efficient but for the majority of people is crucial to fight their mind and convince themselves that they can relax or socialize in other ways.
It is logical – you want to stop smoking while you still desire a cigarette. The majority of smokers believe they enjoy smoking, but at the same time, they would like to quit smoking. Why do smokers believe they enjoy smoking? Because they hold a belief that they get rid of their stress after they smoke a cigarette, or they regulate their weight by smoking. So if you look at it from this side, it follows that they cannot quit smoking because they have a fear they will lose all the benefits that smoking gives them.
Eliminating your desire for smoking is not an easy task at all. The best way is to “explain” to yourself that you have more damage than good from smoking. In other words, the key is to kill the wish for cigarettes. You need to stop desiring smoke even before you start your withdrawal process. Why? Simply because it is stress-free, much more comfortable than the other methods of quitting and permanent solution to your problem. When you get to that level where you don’t enjoy cigarettes anymore, you will not think about the situations or places when/where you can’t smoke. I can’t go there because it is not allowed to smoke is a famous sentence that every smoker uttered at least once. When you eliminate that, it means less stress for you.
You will not experience any withdrawal symptoms like irritation, weight gain or loss of concentration since you eliminated the desire for a cigarette from your mind and there is nothing to trigger the symptoms. When you manage to stop craving a cigarette, there is no way you will ever feel deprived without cigarettes, since there is nothing to resist.