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Understand your Nicotine Addiction

Julie Paarmann - Sunday, November 24, 2013

Stop Smoking Cigarettes BirminghamWhy is it so difficult to deal with a nicotine addiction? Because sufferers have created a dependency that spans wider than the 'need' of your body to keep smoking. Often, giving up smoking has a psychological and a social impact as well.

The Early Entry

In many cultures it is common for teenagers to experiment with drugs. Many young adults feel forced into smoking because of peer pressure. They feel that if they don't join the clique habit they no longer form part of the group. Often, there is also a wrongly-placed status attached to nicotine consumption – those who smoke belong to the cool guys and those who refuse are left behind.

Coping Mechanism

Many smokers will tell you that they feel reliant on their habit to offer comfort. They feel calmer, more relaxed and happier whenever they turn on that next cigarette. Of course there is a biological mechanism in our brains that 'rewards' the smoker whenever nicotine enters our body. However, in many cases there is a psychological dependency. Sufferers turn to their cigarette in times of fear, nervousness, anxiety and in situations like exam pressure or an upcoming job interview. Without it, they feel they cannot cope and feel helpless.

So what can you do to quit smoking successfully?

First of all, you need to understand why you smoke and that it won't be easy. Nicotine is highly addictive. Be prepared for the way ahead and seek the help of a professional that can guide you through your nicotine withdrawal.

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