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  1. In any addiction, first of all, the component is psychological problems that people try to solve by using a particular substance .It doesn't matter which addiction you want to get rid of. It has long been known that addiction is not cured by willpower or by your own efforts ,especially if you have experienced remissions ,but still come back to use .You can ask for help from a professional who will help you with this issue (either medically or select a therapeutic plan and start working with you as a psychotherapist).If your attempts to quit on your own are futile ,more help is needed .

  2. In the case of cigarettes, it is necessary to wait until the body gets used to nicotine and the constant desire to smoke.

    Try to substitute, ideally the best help is candy canes.

  3. I think you yourself understand that in this case only to endure and realize that it will be difficult, since the body is used to functioning together with the poison and it takes time to rebuild, and this time is really not easy, but since you decided to take this step, then there is Motivation to rely on it.

  4. Realize what you really want when you think you want to smoke. Psychological dependence is often stronger than nicotine addiction. And when you stop smoking, not only do you stop putting cigarettes in your mouth and lighting them, but you also lose some of the usual daily rituals that you didn't realize were important before. Every half-hour or an hour to take a break, go outside, stand with colleagues, discuss the latest news or stand on the balcony alone and quiet, or give yourself a confident look, take something to do with your hands in an awkward situation, or somewhere to put a 5-minute break between lectures-it is possible that these social components of the smoking process are much more lacking than smoking itself.

    Also, when smoking is a way to cope with anxiety, then there may be an internal installation “In any incomprehensible situation – smoke”. And again, I don't want smoking itself, but a ritual pause.

    I drink tea in such situations. If you're bored, drink your tea. If you're worried, drink your tea. It's time to take a break – put the kettle on. If you have nothing to do with your hands, take a cup of tea. If you want to talk to a person in an informal setting, invite them to have tea. A good alternative to smoking, where there is the same social and ritual component, but much less harm to yourself and others.

  5. Trying to quit – that's your main problem!

    I started smoking at the age of 14, smoked for 40 years, tried to quit a million times, and each time I couldn't quit because of the “excruciating urge to smoke”.

    In the end, I smoked at least 40 cigarettes a day, I got tired of such a large number and switched to the White Sea Channel, smoked pipes (you need at least 5 of them to smoke more often), smoked cigars and cigarillos vzatyag and each time “painfully want to smoke”.

    Then I suddenly wondered why I couldn't get high, no matter how much I smoked.

    I felt nauseous and coughed heavily, but I couldn't get high.

    Someone offered to go for a smoke and I went and smoked a couple of cigarettes while he smoked 1.

    Or it could also be that when he left, another person would come up and I would stay and smoke again.

    Then I read how nicotine works in the body, and it turned out that the more nicotine that comes in, the faster the body gets rid of it, leaving a certain limit dose.

    As soon as the body is “cleansed” (in fact, there is no nicotine, but nicotine changes remain!) I want to smoke again.

    Now about the feelings of a smoker – when someone tries to quit smoking, in fact, he begins to expect some miracle.

    “They say that after three days it will feel better” – this is just an example.

    And now a person begins to wait for it to get better, but in his head all the time he pushes himself to the fact that nothing will happen, because ” But Vasya said that he did not let go and it became easier only after two weeks.”..

    No, I can't take that much!

    Here I'll wait another hour, and then another, does not let go!

    And a cigarette in my mouth.

    I'll have a smoke now, and then I'll hold on until tomorrow…

    The attempt will not happen, because it is only an attempt.

    What does a smoker expect?

    He is waiting for when he lets go and the desire to smoke does not arise, but this will definitely happen no earlier…

    What's the real deal?

    But in fact, it won't let you go!

    Because you completely remove such an opportunity by waiting.

    I tried everything and Nicorette gum and Band-aids and all sorts of other nonsense… and nothing! Lets go for a while, but internally the smoker remains ADDICTED!

    This is the key word!

    That's how I quit smoking – I just told myself that I was FREE of smoking, I didn't depend on it anymore.

    I didn't quit – I just don't smoke!

    This year it's been 5 years since I quit smoking.

    I am calmly among smokers and only (I'm not joking) feel sorry for them – after all, every smoker after a few years of smoking wants to quit smoking and tries to quit… and still nothing.

    Maybe someone will find my experience of getting rid of addiction useful.

    Good luck!

  6. Let's start with the fact that the excruciating urge to smoke doesn't really exist. Exactly. It's all about understanding: you don't quit, you stop smoking. And when you quit smoking, nothing bad happens to you, but only good things. That is, leave such concepts as “trying to quit” and “painfully” for thrillers. Yes, there is a “smoking reflex”, but it, like any acquired, that is, conditioned reflex, quickly fades out. For example, if you want to smoke, it is enough to perform three deep breaths and live on, rejoicing that you gradually stop smelling bad, but you start to breathe easier, move, and, most importantly, stop constantly worrying about whether there is enough cigarettes left in the pack. Remember the main thing: stop smoking – it does not hurt at all.

  7. If the desire to smoke becomes “excruciating”, then this is probably an abstinence syndrome caused either by nicotine withdrawal or by a sharp decrease in the daily dose of nicotine consumed. Medications containing cytisine can help you quit smoking. Cytisine is a natural alkaloid found in thermopsis and other legume plants. Cytisine, like nicotine, interacts with n-cholinergic receptors and competes for them. This is manifested in a decrease in cravings for nicotine, a decrease in the manifestations of withdrawal syndrome, and makes cigarette smoking unpleasant. Which later leads to quitting smoking (often, but not always!). In pharmacies, it is known under the trade names Cytisine and Tabex. There is also its analog varenicline, but it is more expensive with approximately the same effectiveness. Before taking the drug, you should consult with your doctor, especially if there are problems with the cardiovascular system (because cytisine increases blood pressure and stimulates the respiratory center). In any case, it is worth remembering that smoking is not only a medical, but also a psychological problem. The effect of the drug will be much higher if you set yourself a clear goal to quit smoking before taking it.

  8. If you can not immediately and completely stop smoking, you can chew nicotine gum. It doesn't have the same pleasure as cigarettes, so it will be easier to get rid of it.

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