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How can you quit a smoking addiction?

How can you quit a smoking addiction?

Quit smoking: Develop a plan before you stop smoking. Chose a date that you plan to stop. Let your friends & family know so that they can support you. Get rid of cigarettes, lighters, ashtrays etc. Stay away from people who are smoking so that it won't trigger the urge to smoke. Consider using a smoking cessation App, a quitline, smokefree TXT or joining a support group. Medications can also be used. ...Read more

Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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Why is smoking addiction so hard to get over?

Why is smoking addiction so hard to get over?

Simply because ..: There is a "pleasure center" in your brain designed to respond to good food, good relations, and good work. A substance or behavior that generates a more than expected reward can lead to incentive sensitization if the person is biologically predisposed to addiction. The faster the drug effect reaches and then leaves the brain, the more craving will develop, such as with nicotine or crack cocaine. ...Read more

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Gambling addiction vs smoking addiction? Whats more common?

Gambling addiction vs smoking addiction? Whats more common?

Smoking, probably: There are over 50 million smokers in the us, and it is a major cause of death and disability, in addition to enormous financial costs. Nobody knows how many problem gamblers there are, and there are few medical costs associated (although there is a higher rate of smoking, alcohol and drug abuse in problem gamblers). Both cause misery and pain to sufferers, their families and society at large. ...Read more

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How much time is needed to develop smoking (nicotine) addiction?

How much time is needed to develop smoking (nicotine) addiction?

Just a few weeks: Nicotine addiction occurs very quickly, in fact research shows that some of the processes leading to addiction start to occur during the first cigarette one smokes! within weeks some degree of addiction develops in most. Thus, it is best to not start! see http://www.Scientificamerican.Com/article.Cfm?Id=hooked-from-the-first-cigarette. ...Read more

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Can getting addicted to coffee really help with smoking addiction?

Can getting addicted to coffee really help with smoking addiction?

No : Nicotine and caffeine will work together to potentiate each others stimulant effect on the brain making it more difficult to stop one and not the other. Starting or increase ones coffee consumption is not suggested as a means of helping one to quick smoking. ...Read more

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What works against the smoking addiction?

What works against the smoking addiction?

Get best treatments: Stopping is one of the best things to do for your health! make sure to get the best treatments: coaching, free at 800-quit-now they won't nag you, will help with a plan and get you though cravings. Medications help with craving and nicotine withdrawal. Depending where you live and your insurance- you may be able to get them low cost or free. Get through a day, then a week, then a month! ...Read more

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What will help me recover from smoking addiction?

What will help me recover from smoking addiction?

Quiting: It is often helpful to use a supplement such as gum, patch, or medication to quit. Check with a provider to find the best fit. I also suggest that you prepare to manage cravings. This can be done through distraction/activities, setting goals and reminding yourself of those goals, and "riding" the craving out - they do pass. A psychologist can help with the management of cravings. Be well. ...Read more

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Is it possible to grow out of a smoking addiction?

Is it possible to grow out of a smoking addiction?

Yes but uncommon: It is often unrecognized but most people who were at one point addicted to a chemical in their lifetime, let go of the addiction over time. Nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs therefore least likely to lend itself to "growing out" of it. Nevertheless, it is possible. Life circumstances and personal health or values may change making quitting more compelling than continuing to smoke. ...Read more

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Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
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Nicotine Addiction (Definition)

Nicotine addiction is a condition where there is a dependency on nicotine, the active substance of tobacco and cigarettes. The absence of this ...Read more