Smoking/Nicotine Addiction ~ Stub It OUT!
It is said that it is easier to kick a heroin addiction than to give up smoking! If you’ve ever tried to give up smoking you’ll understand what an uphill battle it is. The craving to smoke never leaves you because nicotine is not an illegal drug.
Why is a Smoking /Nicotine Addiction so hard to break?
Nicotine, which is the main ingredient in cigarettes and other tobacco products, is one of the most addictive substances on earth. Each time you light up and take a drag on your cigarette, your heart beats slightly faster and your blood pressure increases, giving you a small ‘high’ that lasts for a short period of time, until you need to light up again to get another ‘rush’. The effect of nicotine does not last long so smokers have to keep smoking to get the effect.
Stopping a Smoking/Nicotine Addiction
One of the effects of smoking is the increase in the chemical dopamine in the brain chemistry. Dopamine gives people a sense of well’being and if your dopamine levels drop then part of a smoking/nicotine addiction is that you need to smoke to feel good. Nicotine withdrawal is one of the hardest aspects of stopping smoking and the physical effects often cause people to start up again.
Physical Effects of a Smoking/Nicotine Addiction
If you need to light up a cigarette when you wake up in the morning it is a good sign that you have a smoking/nicotine addiction. There are a number of physical effects that nicotine has on the body.
- Smoking places stress on the heart. Smokers have a decreased heart capacity due to the amount of carbon monoxide that is present in every cigarette.
- A smoker has a greater chance of developing lung cancer that a non-smoker.
- Smokers do not have the same sense of smell and taste. Appetite is also suppressed if you are a smoker.
Deciding to quit smoking is a decision that only you can make. Many people who are smokers have tried unsuccessfully to give up their smoking/nicotine addiction, but without help and support it is one of the hardest habits to kick.
Action Against Addiction, Where To Get Help
?There are a number of ways that you can break the cycle of addiction to nicotine and smoking. Remember that in less than an hour after quitting smoking your body starts to return to normal. After a few days you will not have any nicotine in your body and after a few months you will no longer be under the spell of this addiction.
Having the right support and addiction treatment is vital if you want to quit smoking. There are a number of 12’step programs that can help you with the emotional support that you need to get off the treadmill of addiction. The Center for Recovery has trained professionals to help you find the right treatment program for you and your family. Our hotline counselors are people who have been through what you are going through right now.
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