You Can Quit Smoking: Your Options for Quitting


Quitting smoking is very difficult. It is said that only six percent of people who try to quit actually are successful on any given attempt. A rational way to quit is to learn about the various methods of quitting and choose the one that is best for you. This article will review the various methods that people use to quit and give a few tips for quitting smoking.

Quitting Cold Turkey

Quitting smoking cold turkey is obviously based mostly on the willpower of the person. However, being educated as to what you will expect can help quite a bit. You should learn about all of the health risks that come along with smoking. When you find out the gruesome facts about the effects of smoking on the body in a detailed way, you will feel more motivated to stay off of them.

You should also learn about the nature of addiction, and what you can expect in terms of withdrawal while you are quitting. There should be no surprises as to what you will feel during the whole process. The first three days of cravings are difficult. After that, the cravings will diminish somewhat.

The following are a few tips to counter the cravings:

  • Drink water when your cravings begin
  • Try to distract yourself
  • Keep in mind that the craving is short lived
  • Breathe deeply and slowly
  • Try to use logic to counter the cravings

Most people who try to quit will tell you that psychological withdrawal is much worse than physical withdrawal. People report that they get mood swings, anxiety, anger, and depression. For this reason, it is good to work with a therapist during your process of quitting.

Gradual Reduction

Quitting smoking gradually is a way of reducing the withdrawal that you'll feel while quitting. This is a structured procedure that lasts for a given period of time. The goal is to reduce your intake to a level that is so small that it will not sustain the physical addiction. Of course, this method does not work against the psychological side of addiction. It's best to work with a therapist to deal with that issue.

It's important that you have a very specific plan for tapering off your habit when you gradually reduce how much you smoke. If you end up just cutting back on how many you use, you'll find that you'll end up creeping back to your old level of habit.

The pros of using this technique are many. Some of them are:

  • There are no side effects to the technique. Also, when done properly, there is a great reduction in withdrawal symptoms.
  • The method is free. You don't have to buy any special products. However, you may want to spend some money on a good therapist or program that can deal with the psychological side of things.
  • The technique also is the most “natural.” You don't have to introduce any chemicals or drugs into your body.

Replacement Therapy

This method is similar to gradual reduction. The difference is that you will be given a replacement. This will slowly reduce your smoking habit by replacing the large amounts of the addictive substance you would get from smoking with lower doses. These doses are also delivered slowly in a reducing fashion. It is also better than gradual reduction because you don't ingest all of the harmful toxins that are contained in most smoking products.

This method is the most researched method for quitting smoking. This research has shown that this method of quitting can double your chances of success when administered properly.

To check that you are using this method properly, it is wise to consult with your doctor. There are people with certain medical conditions who should not be using these products.

Replacement comes in many forms. There are patches, gum,  nasal spray, inhalers and lollipops. Tese products will offer various forms of support to get smokers successfully working on the process of quitting. .

The  patch works over a long term to give you low doses of the substance while you wear it. Therefore, it does not work well when there is an immediate craving to smoke.  so they are useful in dealing with cravings. Therefore, if you are a person who smokes throughout the day, then the patch might be good for you. If you smoke when you have cravings or stress, then the gum or alternatively the spray could be better for you.

Low-Level Laser Therapy

Low-Level laser therapy works in the same way that acupuncture works. Instead of inserting needles into your skin, the doctor uses a laser to stimulate the skin. This in turn stimulates the body's endorphin production system. Endorphins are a substance in the body that cause your system to decrease stress and increase energy. Habitual smokers have a problem where the addictive substance that they ingest gets a hold of the control of the endorphin production system. The laser therapy is supposed to bring back the body's natural control of this system.

Hypnosis

Hypnosis is very useful in assisting people to quit smoking. Research shows that, when administered correctly, the success rate is about 66%. The success rate for other methods is as follows: Quitting on your own, 5%. Using behavior therapy, 25%. Using  replacement products, 25%.

Hypnosis is an altered state of awareness in which you go into a trance. There is much debate about how hypnosis works. Some researchers think that you are in a more relaxed state when you are in the trance. Therefore, you are more open to suggestions. During hypnosis, you are not unconscious. You are still aware of your surroundings.

When the patient is in his or her trance, they are asked to think about the bad outcomes of smoking. The hypnotist then concludes with the suggestion that the patient should respect his or her body and protect it. The therapist then teaches the patient self-hypnosis and asks him or her to repeat the suggestions whenever they feel the need to smoke.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been a successful way of dealing with smoking. It works by treating the jitters, cravings, irritability, and restlessness that people get when they attempt to quit.

Conclusion

The habit of smoking is a physiological, psychological, and behavioral problem. The only true way to treat it is by taking into consideration all three factors. The bottom line is that smoking many times kills people. Therefore, you should try one of the methods mentioned above or possibly a combination of them. It's recommended that you seek out an expert in addiction therapy to complement your chosen method of quitting.

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