Easy Tricks to Make Beating Your Addiction a Snap
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost 20 percent of American adults smoke, which translates to over 40 million people. The CDC also states that smoking is the leading cause of preventable death. Therefore, smokers should follow these easy tricks to help them beat their cigarette addiction. http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/adult_data/cig_smoking/ Identify Your Trigger
Almost all addictions involve some kind of situational or psychological trigger. Therefore, the first step in kicking your addiction should be to assess and identify the specific things that make you crave a cigarette. For example, many people smoke in order to better deal with unpleasant feelings caused by fear, stress, anxiety, loneliness and depression. Therefore, these individuals smoke as a type of self-coping mechanism. That is, addictions are often self-medication techniques that are used to deal with social, personal and psychological problems. As a result, these smokers should use positive and appropriate …show more content…
Therefore, they should be prepared to handle their unexpected and uncontrollable smoking cravings through having a craving management plan. First, be sure to avoid drinking alcohol because many people have the unfortunate habit of smoking while they drink. Related to this, avoid restaurants or social situations that involve smoking. Thus, smokers should avoid other smokers, such as accompanying co-workers who smoke outside during breaks. Instead, smokers who are trying to quit should clearly remind themselves why they quit and focus on the positive benefits, such as better health, appearance and self-esteem. There are many ways that smokers can pleasantly distract themselves, such as watching TV, doing housework or talking with others for
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Of the roughly 42 million adults in the US that use tobacco, nearly 69% of smokers want to quit and more than 42% of those wishing to quit will make the attempt through various methods(1). These methods range from the "cold turkey" method, nicotine replacement therapy, behavioural therapy and even medicine. Each method has it's unique strengths and weaknesses as well as varying success rates. There are many reasons to quit and many ways in which to do so, either with methods that involve slowly weaning off of nicotine, like gums and patches from replacement therapy, to nicotine-free methods which require support from various sources.
Do you smoke, Dip, Snort, or vape nicotine? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should quit nicotine. There are so many reasons to quit consuming nicotine. Did you know nicotine can actually be used as a rat poison? Did you know one drop of liquid nicotine is enough to kill an infant to a child up to 7 years old? There’s no denying the fact that nicotine is poisonous to your body and should be avoided at all costs.
Nicotine withdrawal symptoms include tobacco cravings, headache, nausea, fatigue, drowsiness, insomnia, irritability, anxiety, and depressed mood. Tobacco addiction often takes several tries to quit and a doctor should be seen if needed. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse a combination of both behavioral interventions and medication to help people quit smoking are more affective then either alone. Behavioral treatments range from self-help skills to counseling, as well as help in identifying high risk situations and how to deal with them. Nicotine replacement treatments like nicotine gum, nicotine patches, lozenges and inhalers can help to relieve withdrawal symptoms. There are now medications that can help with smoking cessation, they can target nicotine receptors in the brain, easing withdrawal and blocking the effects of nicotine
Breaking the addiction to smoking is never an easy task. There are so many excuses for not quitting while conversely there are just as many justifications to quit. However, whereas some may quit successfully boasting of awe-inspiring feats of willpower others may find that they remain stuck in a continual fluctuation struggling to break the addiction with a self imposed evil that seems almost inescapable.
Behavioral counseling supports women so they don’t have to quit alone. The counselor may ask, What is the reason why you started smoking?. A typical response would be “ smoking calms me down” or “I feel more comfortable in social situations with a cigarette in my hand”. Address each concern with the correct response, such as, breathing inhaling and exhaling creates a calming stress relief or slowly eliminate the social situation that would trigger a craving. Essentially, looking at the counseling session as an onion, peeling back the layers to find out, why, where are the triggers and how can I help you along this journey of becoming
This paper seeks to question rather than answer our understanding of the motivation to use and abuse of substances. Within this paper the author challenges the reader to critically contemplate why a person would continue to use a substance that is known and proven to be detrimental to life, both quality and quantity. In exploring the issues of substance use and abuse, the prevalence of Mental Health Disorders stands out like a sore thumb. It seems to be so prevalent that the author feels a need to explore that notion that the answer may well be within the question; Why do individuals with chemically imbalanced disorders have such a high level of using, abusing, and becoming addicted to chemicals they have access to.
With many decades worth of health data now available, it has never been clearer that smoking is one of the most dangerous habits a person can engage in. It is no wonder, then, that so many smokers are committed to quitting and improving their health.
Significant number of people has been addicted to the habit of smoking despite of knowing the fact that it is injurious to health. In the past, it was considered as the taboos and only adult group was habituated but currently, it is common among both adolescent and adult population. Cigarette smoking is habit of inhaling smoke of cigarette and releasing it. A study by Gong (2011, pp.48) reveals that the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adult of age group 45-65years is higher than adolescent age group 15-24 years with 63% and 33.6% respectively.
Smoking adversely affects almost every organ in the smoker’s body (CDC, 2014). The harm does not stop there: The damaging effects of smoking go beyond the smoker. Being exposed to secondhand smoke can cause severe health problems and even death. (NIDA, 2015). It can be difficult for a smoker to quit smoking because of the addictive properties contained in Nicotine. Just like with many other addictive drugs, when a smoker tries to quit, there is a period of withdrawal causing symptoms such as irritability, nervousness, sadness, insomnia and a greater appetite. There are many forms of assistance available to smokers in order to help modify their harmful behavior. With the assistance of a counselor, medications, or other available self-help tools, smokers can learn how to develop coping strategies when faced with a nicotine
Lots of people want to quit smoking but are too addicted to just simply stop. Ending an addiction is not easy and cannot be done in one step. It is a process and it is never too late to quit. For starters, people have to just tell themselves that they can live without smoking because a positive mindset leads to positive actions. There needs to be focus on where they are and the time of day; this helps to take the mind off of it.
I can empathize greatly with your grandfather’s smoking habits; as my sister and I have nearly exhausted every avenue to cease my mother’s addiction. In my mom’s opinion, we are trying to make her miserable more than help and much like your grandfather, she has never experienced any effects associated with smoking, thus, her habits has continued well over twenty years. Our quest to change her habits, demonstrated the power of nicotine, while exposing other factors such as social and physiological influences on smoking (Boardman, Blalock, & Pampel, 2010). Learning, about the genetic influences associated encouraged me to be more sensitive to her situation as great part of it was out of her control. Ultimately, it will be her own efforts
Acupuncture: This is the method of choice to stop smoking and it also help reducing the physical and emotional craving, acupuncture is the easiest and most comfortable way to rid oneself of the smoking addiction.
Nicotine is the critical factor in tobacco smoke that dictates addiction and continued use of tobacco (Stolerman and Shoaib 1991; Belfour and Fagerstrom 1996; Benowita 1996; Rose and Corrigall 1997). Markou (2008) stated that “nicotine is one of the main psychoactive ingredients in tobacco that contributes to the harmful tobacco smoking habit (Stolerman & Jarvis 1995; Royal College of Physicians of London 2000) leading to high morbidity and mortality throughout the world (Murray & Lopez 1997).” Mayo and McGhee (2010) stated that “the complex behavioral phenomenon of drug addiction is ultimately a biological process, where repeated exposure to a drug alters the activity and metabolism of neurons that
My presenting problem is my addiction to cigarettes. I was 13 years old the first time I smoked a cigarette. My addiction began due to peer pressure. Smoking was my way of building social relationships. However, soon I was smoking more or an equal amount of cigarettes than my friends. Since the age of 19, I have been smoking twenty cigarettes a day, which is a pack of cigarettes daily. My addiction to cigarettes is a problem because it is affecting my health. I become fatigued due to smoking. When I do not smoke, I become stressed. Smoking also damages my cardio-respiratory system. In addition, smoking is affecting me economically. I spend between eight to ten dollars a day on cigarettes. Also, my smoking habit is affecting me socially. Before smoking was my way of connecting with friends, now I hardly find someone who smokes and is comfortable with me smoking nearby. Finally, it interrupts some of my activities like studying. When I am in the middle of an activity, like doing homework, I have to interrupt the activity because I am craving a cigarette. Recently, I have attempted to balance my unhealthy behavior with healthy behaviors. I attempt to exercise and eat healthier. But, I am not exercising as much as I wish. Thus, my desired outcome for my desired change behavior is to decrease my daily cigarette consumption and/or increase my exercise frequency. During nine sessions, I worked to treat my presenting problem as a client of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). To