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Ways to Stop Smoking

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Smoking is an addiction in the emotional and physical sense that is why it is a very difficult habit to stop.  Of the two aspects of smoking addiction, the more difficult part to break is the emotional addiction.  Acupuncture has been proven to be quite good at controlling the withdrawal symptoms and the strong smoking desire by ridding the body of nicotine and other toxins caused by cigarette smoking.

The emotional craving to smoke is indeed hard to break.  Alcohol and drug addicts even confess that among drug, alcohol and cigarette addiction, the hardest one to kick out is cigarette addiction.  The contrast between smoking and emotional addiction to drugs can be gleaned by comparing the short term consequences with the long term consequences.  In alcohol and drug abuse, the short term consequences are as extreme as the long term consequences (i.e.: loss of life due to drug overdose,  financial cost of the habit, loss of wealth, loss of family and friends and imprisonment among others).

We can only appreciate the harm done by cigarette addiction from long term consequences which are primarily health related.  That is why there is no sense of urgency why a person addicted to smoking needs to quit smoking.  The phrase “I can always quit smoking anytime” is a cop out and almost always never happens.   Thus, we can see why the emotional bondage of a cigarette smoker to his habit is difficult to resolve.

Below is a list of advices to help you quit smoking:

  1.  Consult with a good acupuncture NYC detoxification program for your physical addiction.
  2. Always remember that it is only yourself who could help you get out of this addiction and you alone are capable of overcoming your emotional addiction to cigarette smoking.
  3. Initiate the addiction break by going cold turkey.  Discard all tobacco substances now.  When you will to quit, then do it.
  4. Do not eat mints, candy, gums and sugars or drink anything with caffeine in it as they can help amplify your emotional and physical cravings.
  5. Whenever you need to hold something to just like you do a cigarette, grab a pen, pencil or anything to at least satisfy that urge.  If you feel like putting something in your lips or mouth then do it without using cigarettes.
  6. Shun away from places that may trigger your smoking cravings.  They can be people who are smoking, the smoking section in eateries and smoking designated places.
  7. Relax.  Actually smoking as a form of relaxation is a myth because smoking raises blood pressure levels, tightens up the muscles and blood vessels and causes the heart to beat faster.
  8. Even if you relapse do not be disheartened.  Most people who escaped their smoking addiction can tell you that they did not succeed the first or even the second time they attempted to kick the habit.  If you truly want to stop smoking, you will!

Written by Valerie

March 25th, 2012 at 4:10 pm