Crush your last pack of cigarettes and never light up again!

Published: 20th October 2008
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What is a smoking addiction? A smoking addiction means a person has formed an uncontrollable dependence on cigarettes to the point where stopping causes emotional distress!
Why is smoking more difficult to overcome than other addictions?

Well, some proponents of the addiction disease model would have you believe that it is directly related to the chemical dependency effects nicotine has on the brain.

It is true that nicotine is a psychoactive drug with stimulant effects on the electrical activity of the brain. And, it also has a calming effect, especially at times of stress. But that's not the reason that it is more difficult to overcome for most. You see, out of all addictions smoking is a habit that for the most part has been socially acceptable. In other words, one does not have to hide to have a cigarette! This fact alone makes it more difficult to overcome.

However, the key is to realize that nicotine does have a calming effect on the the mind. As with all addictions smoking merely diverts people from their emotional pain! While everyday stresses can exacerbate the situation they are not the main cause of the emotional pain that needs to be calmed. Generally, underlying emotional trauma caused by family dysfunction is at the root of the addiction. This emotional trauma batters the self-esteem and self-confidence levels which lessens the ability to cope with everyday stresses.

Many cessation programs describe smoking as both a habit and an addiction. In other words, there are many times when you tell yourself you're going to have a cigarette, but often, the smoking you do is just out of habit. Habits are affected by your environment. Something you see or do in your daily life (a cue or a trigger) gets them going. Triggers are the stimuli associated with smoking. In an effort to overcome the so called smoking habit cessation programs often recommend substituting a cinnamon stick or a plastic straw in place of the cigarette! In my opinion, this is absolutely useless since the reason you smoke in the first place is to calm your nerves or reduce your emotional anxiety. It's really all about the benefits you recieve versus the habit!

These Programs often recommend changing your surroundings and your lifestyle by beginning an exercise program or new activities that are not conducive to smoking. I agree with his aproach, however,in addiction if you fail to remove the emotional pain that is causing your anxiety you will relapse!

So, if you want to crumple up your last pack and walk away forever, you need to get to the bottom of the emotional pain that provokes you to calm it by smoking.

Best wishes,

David Roppo

Addiction Coach

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