Regardless of why you started smoking, somewhere along the line it became an addiction. Smoking is a costly habit that is no longer socially or legally acceptable in most public places. Many smokers find themselves embarrassed to be seen smoking in public as well as around friends and family.
In addition to the daily cost of smoking, the largest price in paid years down the road when health problems such as lung cancer and various breathing disorders bring on expensive hospital bills, pain, and even death. Even though you may be well aware that these problems could wind up plaguing you, you feel powerless to stop.
It is the nicotine that makes smoking physically addictive, but smoking is also extremely addictive mentally. Since a pleasure center in the human brain is affected by nicotine, you are not just imagining it when it feels like smoking soothes your frayed nerves and helps to reduce stress. Unfortunately, the tolerance level for nicotine is quickly reached, and more and more nicotine is required to get the same feelings.
Though not in the same category, nicotine can be every bit as addictive as drugs like heroine, or even cocaine. Once you realize that you are addicted, you then also realize that this is something that you just can’t give it up at will. Freeing your body from years of nicotine is no easy task. Usually three or more attempts are made before the average smoker is able to quit. Even then it is often with the aid of prescription drugs or nicotine patches.
Many people do not realize that some of the positive benefits of quitting are immediate. Quitting now can greatly reduce your chance of getting heart disease. Quitting can immediately benefit the people around you. Over three thousand people per year that do not even smoke die from second hand smoke exposure, and these people could be the people closest to you. Would you want your smoking to be the cause of their death? No, I didn’t think so.
When you are ready to quit there are many options for you. Nicotine patches can be purchased over the counter. They work by providing nicotine to your body in specific doses via the patch. Progressively the amount of nicotine is decreased until nicotine is removed from your body and you no longer need it. Nicotine lozenges and gum are also available to help you in times of desperation.
Alternative medicine has been used to help individuals who would like to quit. Hypnosis and acupuncture have proven helpful to those who would like to take a more natural approach to quitting. In addition to these, psychotherapy can aid in helping you overcome the mental part of addiction, therefore allowing you to overcome the physical part of it.
No matter which method you use to quit, rest assured that it will be well worth it both now and in the future. Your wallet, body, and family will thank you.