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Understanding the quitting process makes quitting easier. We’ve learned that, although people quit smoking in their own way, there are two things that stand out:
It’s really that simple. If you wish to stop smoking, you can learn here. We’ll take a closer look at both of these things later on. Please keep reading on.
How hard will quitting be? We won’t kid you-it may be hard . But people do it every day, so it is possible. People tell us how proud they are to accomplish something so major in their lives and that the difficulty was worth it. This guide will help you learn more about the process of quitting and can help you decide if quitting smoking right now is good for you.
Simply stated, quitting is hard. Its important to understand the reason why it is so hard to quit so that you can have the best chances of success. Here is why:
Smokers have mixed feelings about quitting.
They know that smoking is bad for them. But smoking also gives them something they like. Whatever a person gets out of cigarettes keeps them smoking.
Smoking is a habit.
Smokers are used to having cigarettes at the same times each day,for the same reasons. Smoking becomes automatic. Quitting can disrupt the daily routine. Some people go back to smoking to feel “normal” again. Smokers will find a normal feeling once they smoke again.
Smoking fills a need.
Many smokers use cigarettes to help them get through the pressures of daily life. They may come to believe that smoking is the only way to cope. Many smokers view cigarettes as a long-term “friend”. They may have strong feelings of loss when they try hard to quit smoking.
Smokers may be dependent on nicotine
Their bodies may crave nicotine after quitting. Withdrawal symptoms are normal.They will go away on their own, usually in a week or two.
dizziness trouble thinking hunger restlessness
depression coughing tiredness trouble sleeping headaches irritability
Some people start smoking again to ge rid of withdrawal symptoms. Keep in mind that thousands of people quit smoking each year, despite the mixed feelings, the habit, and the need for nicotine.
It is rare for a smoker to wake up one day and put cigarettes down for good, once and for all. Most often, smokers take smaller steps on their way to becoming nonsmokers.
Quitting happens over time.
Most smokers try many times before quitting entirely. With every try, they will learn more about how to quit for good. The more times a person tries to quit, the closer he or she is to succeeding for life. That is a fact.
Motivation and planning are important.
Smokers can quit even without strong willpower. The real keys are motivation (finding a strong reason to quit) and planning.
Slips and relapses are normal.
People often slip (smoke, but get back on track with quitting) or relapse ( start smoking regularly again). Smoking again is not a sign of weakness, it just may mean that the smoker needs to do more planning.
It takes a while to think like a nonsmoker.
When people first quit, they will still think like smokers. Every day, they have to decide whether or not to smoke. Nonsmokers decide once and for all: no smoking, no matter what. When people change their thinking, they have a 100% better chance of quitting for life! It’s true!
Nicotine Patches, Nicotine Gum, Nicotine Nasal Spray, Nicotine Lozenges, Prescription Pills (Chantix is very effective compared to traditional medicines like Zyban or Wellbutrin), Professional help and 12 Step programs, Hypnosis, Acupuncture, and Herbal Remedies.
The most successful treatment for chronic smokers that we know of is a medicine called Chantix. You must ask your doctor for a prescription. It does require a valid medical prescription. It is expensive medication, but the drug manufacturer does give grants to folks who really want to quit and can not afford the medicine. We found this out because we searched Pfizers website and found a small link at the very bottom of the home page for people who really wanted the medicine. Just go to chantix.com for all of the details.
Chantix is a non-nicotine pill which is what makes it so great. It finds the nicotine receptors in your brain and attaches itself to them and blocks nicotine from entering your brain! This medicine does produce strange dreams but that is a small price to pay for a few months to be a nonsmoker once and for all! We highly recommend this medicine but check with your doctor first before using it.
Here is the best thing about Chantix: the way it works (and most smokers like this) is that you begin taking the medicine and continue to smoke for the first 5 whole days! After about the sixth day, you wake up and the urge to smoke is gone! Its true. This medicine is not a magic bullet but if you have the desire and the motivation talked about earlier, it will work if you stick with it. It make take a few tries but the more you try, the closer you will get to becoming a nonsmoker once and for all. Good Luck!
If you would like some professional counseling to help you quit, please call: 855-222-1101 and we will do our best to support you and guide you through the quitting process.
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