Facebook’s most popular quit smoking support group! That full recovery is entirely do – at least the dependency induced portion.
Without a basic understanding of the brain’s primary motivation neurotransmitter, is nicotine replacement therapy addictive? No longer afraid, am I addicted on nicotine gum? Cig industry want you to remain slave to buying and vaping its nicotine, and thus being able to better notice and savor the beauty about to unfold before you. With roughly 10, and the more nicotine needed to satisfy resulting “want” for replenishment.
They want us to believe that double-blind placebo controlled studies proved that NRT doubles a cold turkey quitter’s odds of quitting and that only superheros can quit without it. Why nicotine is extremely addictive.
Imagine the return of self respect, of being home and residing here on Easy Street with hundreds of millions of comfortable ex-users, of knowing it’s a keeper, and never having to quit again. The good news is that everything done while under nicotine’s influence can be done as well or better without it. The benefit of fully accepting that we have a true chemical dependency and permanent priorities disorder can’t be overstated. It’s hard to understand nicotine addiction, or any form of drug addiction for that matter, without a basic understanding of the brain’s primary motivation neurotransmitter, dopamine.
Joel’s Library is also home to more than 100 original short stop smoking articles, to his free ebook Never Take Another Puff, and to his collection of more than 200 video stop smoking lessons. They do not want you to believe in “you. Nearly all smokers who lapse experience a full-blown relapse. I’m not a “real” drug addict, am I?
List your top ten reasons for using. Explore Freedom’s hundreds of thousands of archived member posts on how to quit smoking.
For if we don’t eat food we die, while if we stop using nicotine we thrive! Again, the essence of drug addiction is about dependency quickly burying all memory of our pre-dependency self. Visit Turkeyville, Facebook’s most popular quit smoking support group. 8,333 family practice patients found cold turkey twice as effective as NRT.
Contrary to convenience store tobacco marketing, and as the vaping e-cig addict will attest, we did not smoke for the flavor or taste of fine tobacco. Aside from enhancing dopamine flow, nicotine is a central nervous system stimulant. Am I a real drug addict?
Then again, we were each once chippers too, at least for our first couple of cigarettes or oral tobacco uses. Successful recovery isn’t about strength or weakness. You can’t do it, can you? How Does Nicotine Addict Us?
Now go back and cross off all the reasons except the truth, that hijacked pay attention pathways kept us wanting for more. In your mind, see and treat that first hit of nicotine as if the survival rate is zero. How nicotine alters and addicts the mind. It will aid in stabilizing blood sugar while accelerating removal of the alkaloid nicotine from your bloodstream.
Remember the very first time your parents praised you for keeping your coloring between the lines? Once hooked, it was too late.
Imagine a free 149 page stop smoking ebook that’s registered more than 4 million downloads and was written by a man who has devoted 40 years, full-time to helping smokers quit. Who should they believe, their limbic mind’s begging for that next fix, or the outside world begging them to stop? The e-cig industry want you to remain slave to buying and vaping its nicotine, every waking hour of every day, until the day you die.
But few understand how and even fewer appreciate that they’re dealing with a permanent priorities disorder and disease of the mind. Attempting to do so will likely cause blood sugar levels to plummet, making recovery far more challenging than need be.
Extraction complete, peak withdrawal now behind you, true healing can begin. The next few minutes are yours to command and each is entirely do-able. Each cue driven crave episode presents an opportunity to extinguish additional conditioning and reclaim another aspect of life.
Image of two turkeys wearing sneakers. Joel Spitzer, the Internet’s leading authority on how to stop smoking cold turkey. Are You Addicted to Nicotine? Recovery leads to a calm and quiet mind where addiction chatter and wanting gradually fade into rarity, where the ex-user begins going days, weeks or even months without once wanting for nicotine.
Uh, Congressman, cigarettes and nicotine clearly do not meet the classic definition of addiction. What we nicotine addicts could not see was that our beliefs and thinking about that next fix were unworthy of belief. Do not expect it to ever tell you the truth about how amazingly do-able recovery is or how wonderful it feels once your addiction’s wanting ends and its chatter goes silent.
Again, the common thread between each of these addictions is that the brain’s dopamine pathways were taken hostage and left the addict totally yet falsely convinced that continuing drug use was important to their survival, that their drug gave them their edge, helped them cope and that life without it would be horrible. We may have trained our mind to expect nicotine during stressful events, when walking in the back yard, while driving a car, talking on the phone or upon encountering another user. Any nicotine use at this point will cause chemical relapse that will require you to repeat the nicotine detox portion of recovery again. They told me it was medicine!
This is the “Law of Addiction. If your diet and health permit, drink some form of natural fruit juice for the first three days. It is an insightful collection of almost 100 articles on every cessation topic imaginable.
As such, it activates the body’s fight or flight response. Just as important, the silencing of stress-related wanting was recorded in long-term high definition memory, guaranteeing a deep-rooted belief that nicotine is a stress-buster, when all it had done was service your addiction.
Gone were our pre-addiction memories of the calm, quiet and beauty of the mind we previously called home. I believe that nicotine is not addictive. It greatly simplifies recovery’s rules while helping protect against relapse.
The group’s primary focus is the first few days and helping new quitters get started. But what basis did we have for making honest comparisons?
If kept waiting, the anticipation may build into urges or even full-blown craves. One cup of coffee, tea or one cola may now feel like two. Americans as all illegal drugs combined.
The Guide walks new quitters through the first two weeks of smoking cessation, recommending daily videos to watch and articles to read. Recovery is good, not bad.
It needs to be embraced not feared. Congressman Wyden: We’ll take that as a no.
Nicotine dependency recovery can be our greatest personal awakening ever. Quitting fears and dread are gradually thawing and melting into “like” or even “love. It’s why half of the smokers we see each day will eventually smoke themselves to death. Like clockwork, constantly falling nicotine reserves soon had hostage dopamine pathways generating wanting for more.
Most quitting literature suggests that it normally takes multiple failed quitting attempts before the user self-discovers the key to success. Remember the “aaah” relief sensation? But now just isn’t the right time,” you say?
Clearly, I’ve vastly oversimplified an extremely complicated topic. Have you ever wondered why it’s so hard to go without eating, to actually starve yourself to death, or for that matter, to die of thirst?
It isn’t that we liked smoking but that we didn’t like what happened when we didn’t, the onset of withdrawal. Administration of a drug to an addict will cause re-establishment of chemical dependence upon the addictive substance.
Most of us became hooked while children or teens. Congressman Wyden: “Let me ask you first, and I’d like to just go down the row, whether each of you believes that nicotine is not addictive. If a smoker, you didn’t continue destroying your body’s ability to receive and transport life giving oxygen because you wanted to. Stressful situations cause release of a number of hormones which turn urine more acidic.
Hunger for food, hunger for nicotine. Within ten seconds of replenishment the crisis was over, at least the dependency induced portion.
Imagine convincing us that dragging out the up to 72 hours of natural detox by toying for weeks or months with gradual nicotine weaning schemes, or other creative means to chemically stimulate brain dopamine circuitry, was key to quitting. The next few minutes are all that matter and each is entirely doable.
Not only does nicotine stimulate the release of dopamine within ten seconds of a puff, smoking it suppresses MAO, a dopamine clean-up enzyme. Placebo controlled quitting product clinical trials did not measure NRT “efficacy” but expectations and their frustration. You did so because a rising tide of withdrawal anxieties would begin to hurt when you didn’t. Nicotine is the tobacco plant’s natural protection from being eaten by insects.
Zyban, Chantix, Champix, acupuncture, magic herbs, laser therapy, or the nicotine patch, gum, lozenge, spray, or inhaler. What if, instead, you’ve created twice as many nicotine use cues as the “average” addict? Visit Turkeyville, Facebook’s most popular quit smoking support group!
Studies comparing those who have successfully arrested their dependency to those still slave to a new form of delivery identify freedom’s real winners. Although obviously safer than smoking, transfer to e-cigarettes or smokeless tobacco is not about quitting but dependency transfer. When we feel hunger our dopamine pathways are being stimulated, teasing us with anticipation “wanting” for food.
Imagine destroying needless quitting fears by understanding them, and thus being able to better notice and savor the beauty about to unfold before you. I’m sorry but there’s simply no nice way to say this. One day at a time” is a focus accomplishment skill. While able to fully and comfortably arrest our chemical addiction, there is no cure.
One of the greatest recovery gifts of all is an amazing sense of calm during crisis, as we’re no longer adding nicotine withdrawal atop every stressful event. The way to end wanting wasn’t to use again. It’s easy to tell the nicotine salesman from the truth teller, as those with your best interests in mind won’t hesitate to remind you that the smart move is not harm reduction, but nicotine cessation and harm elimination.
You see, it isn’t a matter of how much willpower we have, but how the brain’s priorities teacher teaches, how nerve and memory cell highways that recorded years of nicotine feedings have left each of us wired for relapse. Heroin’s dopamine stimulation is accompanied by an endorphin high, resulting in a short yet intense numbing or analgesic effect.