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Here Are My First Helpful Hints For Quitting smoking

May 23, 2008
If you are what they call a long-term smoker you have probably struggled with the questionWhy can't I stop? You may have been baffled by the very insanity of it all. You know you should stop. Any thinking intelligent person would stop. Why is it that you can't or won't stop this killing behavior. Especially as it is quite literally putting you on a fast and unstoppable train bound for the 'land of cancer.' There must be some more helpful hints for quitting smoking, that actually work.

Well you are not stupid or crazy, but I can tell you that you are struggling to break free of one of the most, if not the most, severe addictions on the planet.

I can see your reaction could be, "All that's very interesting, but how does it apply to my life?"

In essence, from an addiction standpoint, you have about 10 trillion cells in you body. Now with nicotine addiction, it will not take very long before every one of those 10 trillion cells is addicted to that substance. And when that happens, you've got trouble. You have a full blown addiction that is just as strong as any skid row addict's dependency. But unlike the skid row addict, it seems you can operate relatively functionally with this addiction. So there is not the strong pull to get help for yourself. On the contrary, with ten trillion cells telling you to smoke, it's pretty easy to ignore the claims that some day, in the future, you might get sick and die. From your cells point of view, you are dying now if you are not getting it.

Now you might be inclined to believe, as most of us do, that one of the best helpful hints for quitting smoking is to taper off slowly. Again from an addiction standpoint, this is bad news. You see as you become addicted to nicotine, and many other drugs, your body grows receptors to handle the influx of huge amounts of the substance. These receptors will never go away and the only thing they do is long for, and receive, the drug. If they don't get what they want, they will eventually slow down and stop screaming for the drug. So going cold turkey can have its benefits if you can last out the process.

Now if we look at the other side, when a receptor gets its drug, but does not get enough, it will continue its metaphorical screaming, until the screaming hits a manic pitch. Like a child in a temper tantrum, the receptors demand the drug with a vengeance, now that they know is out there and available. Thus it is much harder to taper off than it is to quit cold-turkey.

The best way to quit, and permanently stay quit, of a nicotine addiction has yet to be determined. Certainly, like any other addiction, to get yourself to the 12-step program, Nicotine Anonymous, is not such a bad idea. In this way you can handle this physical addiction the way people handle other killing addictions- the body, mind, and spirit way, and with a lot of support. And it might just save your life.

There are also a lot of people who espouse the method of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. The theory here is that since the brain and nervous system control the hands and the body- they could potentially over-ride the cells longing for the substance, as well as the receptors 'kicking and screaming' for it. But whichever method helps you to stop, be sure you never pick nicotine up again. Because if you do, you are bound to go right back down the road from whence you started.
About the Author
For lots of help with different addictions take a look at well known spokesperson and writer Lorelei's blogs at helpfulhintsforquittingsmoking and also at fightingfoodcravings
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