Seeking Help to Quit Smoking

Seeking Help to Quit Smoking

Everyday, people worldwide continue in their attempts to quit smoking. “I started by myself, I can stop by myself” is often the general attitude of the uninformed. But very few people are able to do it all by themselves. It is estimated that less than three percent of smokers are quit each year.

There is no shame in seeking help to quit any drug addiction, and that’s exactly what smoking is, addiction to the tobacco and the gases it releases when it is burned. An active ingredient of burning tobacco is nicotine which is absorbed by the body through the blood and lungs. This is linked to the release of chemicals by the bodies that are normally associated with pleasure, and thus begins the addiction process. Some people state that it can be as addictive as heroin or cocaine and that is why you need to seek help; it’s not as easy as you may think.

There are many sources that can be used to help quit smoking, both self help and group help. But there is one thing they all have in common; no “wonder-drug” for a quick fix to the problem. Knowledge, discipline and the will to quit are the keys to breaking the habit.

In group help, the group may talk about individual experiences and cravings and then try to understand and change their physical habits around smoking before trying to focus on the addiction to the drugs and the corresponding reduction of its intake. The belief of changing the habitual smoking times is based on the fact that people will smoke when certain triggers are activated e.g. after eating a meal, and not just for the craving of the drug.

Most self help advice comes through the concept of nicotine replacement methods. These methods are focused on the reduction of nicotine intake into the body by replacing the cigarette, or other inhaling device, with that of a product that has a lesser nicotine content e.g. gum, patches, sprays. The user would get their nicotine fix but in lesser quantities and through a safer medium, to therefore reduce the reliance on the drug over time.

The bottom line is that many smokers who try and quit only do so after two or three attempts. The more knowledge you have before you embark on the journey of quitting, the more equipped you are to address the side effects with the necessary tools and / or allies by your side. The discipline to stick to any regime gets stronger when you start to show positive results from quitting smoking. The will to quit is proven on the first day you decide that enough is enough and its time that your life changes for the better.