Can Anyone Quit Smoking?

Quit Smoking

Is smoking really so addictive that doctors compare it to heroin addiction? 

Answer: Yes, and it is unfortunate, but don’t despair. Millions of people are quitting every year. It is possible and it is doable with a little help. 

“From a scientific standpoint, nicotine is just as hard, or harder, to quit than heroin … but people don’t recognize that.”  

Dr. Neil Benowitz, a nicotine researcher at the University of California, San Francisco.

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Should I stop smoking forever, or stopping for awhile is also OK? 

Answer: Quitting even for a short time is better than smoking of course, But it normally lasts for …yea, short time. You can quit and feel euphoric for few days because it is a good thing to be able to stop the habit. It feels great, so why shouldn’t you feel great?  There’s however one issue with those fast miracle cures because afterwards, when the euphoria subsides and wears off a bit, the craving comes back. And it comes back hard. Almost ninety percent of smokers go back to the habit right then, when they often also feel overconfident (within first few weeks).   

And that’s why I believe that the first two weeks from the day you stop, are the most important for anyone who wants to stop smoking. It worked for me twenty years ago when I smoked up to forty cigarettes a day and it will work for you too. But it will do so only when you seriously decide that you want to stop, and stop for good.

I don’t take seriously people who say – “I’m only a social smoker” because there is no such thing. You either are smoker or you are not. It’s like being pregnant. A woman can’t be just a little bit pregnant, Can’t she? 

The social smokers eventually become heavy ones. Especially when tough times show up.

Hypnosis in my opinion is the best available, chemical free treatment which last only fraction of the time compared with traditional counselling approach to addictions. 

Hypnosis is bypassing the conscious understanding of craving and addresses the subconscious and unconscious mind where the craving actually comes from. That’s why it is so effective. You need obviously not just one, but few sessions if you want to quit successfully forever.   

I am a chain smoker for decades. Is this IT for me? 

Answer: Of course not. I was the one for start, and after twenty-five years of chain smoking, I gave it up almost twenty years ago today. I also helped many people to stop smoking since. So, don’t stop trying and don’t let people tell you that it is just too hard. The longer the habit exists, the more therapy may be needed, but there are exceptions. Some people come and stop after one session. That’s amazing, but it is only one in ten or so. It’s not a rule. It’s the exception.

If you think about it, everything worthwhile seems often too hard and takes a long time, but that usually relates to those who don’t care, or the those who listen to the advice from so called smoking friends. If they smoke cigarettes and you don’t , they shouldn’t be your friends.  At least for some time . 

I tried to quit and failed.   How many times is OK to fail? 

Answer: There’s no such number. There’s one rule here (from my own experience) the more times you quit the easier it is to succeed. Your brain recognises the lack chemicals such as Nicotine and more, and therefore dopamine (pleasure chemical) is not firing up after the first attempt of quitting smoking. Depravation of those chemicals become uncomfortable but with time it will be the more familiar state to your brain. So, when you do it for second or third time, your craving is usually slightly diminished because your brain learned already to compensate for the lack of those chemicals before. That’s good news. It called the process of neural adaptation. So, yea. Try till you die. 

How about withdrawal symptoms?  

Answer: There is no easy, but there is a way. Hypnosis deals with that very well because lets you to access your own recourses which will unable you to eliminate those cravings. Especially in the beginning when you need help the most.

“There’s this real roller-coaster ride of not feeling well and being irritable and having cravings. The first few days might be very intense, then it might level off and come back again. But the longer your off cigarettes, the more your brain goes through the process of neural adaptation, the more you recover. Eventually, the ride subsides, however it is important for those who have decided to quit to prepare themselves for how difficult it will be”

Gary A. Giovino, a nicotine researcher at the State University of New York at Buffalo

Will I become more anxious when I’ll stop smoking? 

Answer: Most likely you will. Unfortunately, it’s the way it goes. The good news is that this irritation gradually goes away and diminishes until your brain gets used to things and settles. You should warn your friends, work colleagues   and family that in next few weeks you might be feeling irritable and uneasy to reason at times because you’re trying to quit smoking 

Those who will support you will understand, and those who won’t or make fun of you, shouldn’t be your friends. I know that it could feel silly, but in my experience, this is the best way of avoiding serious conflicts. The alternative is losing some friends or members of your family who may take offence to your erratic behaviour. 

One more detail, some people will feel depressed, so opposite to restless.  Reason? Every person has very unique chemical structure of CSF – the fluid that surrounds your brain, and therefore reactions from man to man differ.    

“Every drug of abuse, including nicotine, releases dopamine, which makes it pleasurable to use, and when you stop smoking, you have a deficiency of dopamine release, which causes a state of dysphoria: you feel anxious or depressed.” 

Dr. Neil Benowitz, a nicotine researcher at the University of California, San Francisco.

Will I gain weight when I’ll stop smoking?

Answer: Most likely, but not everyone. It is not from lack of smoking, but from increasing of the appetite due to the fact that cigarette smoke dulls our taste buds which contain the taste receptors, and the food doesn’t taste as it should. But when we stop smoking, we starting to eat more because suddenly food tastes amazing. That of course also passes eventually. It is a known side effect of quitting but if it becomes an issue, there’s specific and relatively quick method to deal with this using yes – the hypnotherapy.

Does counselling help when comes to quit smoking? 

Answer: Yes, it does and if the counsellor is skilled in the art of dealing with addictions, its all good. However, it’s a long road and takes a lot of discipline on behalf of the client which not everyone likes. In my opinion any addiction is dealt with much better and much faster by using hypnotherapy, because again, the treatment is based on going to the source of the addiction. Not the symptoms.   

“I would advise people to tap into the mind-body connection techniques to help them quit “ 

Gary A. Giovino, a nicotine researcher at the State University of New York at Buffalo