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How Do You Become Addicted to Nicotine?

Shokat Ali - Saturday, November 23, 2013

Quit Nicotine Addiction BirminghamGiving up smoking is not the easiest and knowing why you have developed a nicotine addiction may help you through your rehab time. Research has shown that nicotine is one of the most highly addictive drugs around. Of course it is also readily available and on view wherever you go which means that quitting smoking can be difficult.

Biological Reasons

As you know the human brain has a network of nerve cells that communicate with one another. They do so with the help of messenger substances called neurotransmitters. Nicotine happens to be shaped very similarly to one of those neurotransmitters and that is how it interacts with your nervous system. When nicotine enters your brain it causes an increase of substances that make you feel happy, calm and relaxed. Yet at the same time you feel more alert as your heart beat increases. It is this mixture of emotions that the smoker craves.

When you quit smoking, however, your brain no longer produces these high numbers of 'feel good' neurotransmitters. Your body goes through withdrawal and you may feel down for a while.

Psychological Reasons

Smokers often feel they 'need' a cigarette in pressurised situations. They feel that if they don't smoke they can't keep in control of themselves and their surroundings. A professional will be able to help you break this cycle and you can work out other ways to deal with your everyday challenges.

More information on how to stop smoking in Birmingham.