Understanding Nicotine Addiction
Understanding the physical and psychological components behind your cigarette cravings is the first step towards defeating them.
It’s very important to understand that nicotine addiction is two-fold: the physical addiction that cigarettes have on your body, and the psychological hold the routine of smoking has on your brain. The key to a successful quit is to attack your addiction on both fronts.
How to curb the physical addiction
It’s eerily easy to get addicted to nicotine. When you took your first drag of a cigarette, within 10 seconds the nicotine was in your brain, triggering that happy, euphoric feeling every smoker knows. But as the nicotine wears off, so does that happy feeling; leaving you with the urge to pull out that lighter and have another smoke. It only takes a few times for this physical reaction to change the chemistry of your brain, and before you know it, you’re addicted – needing more and more nicotine to get the same effect.
Unfortunately, when you make the decision to quit smoking, your cigarette cravings don’t quit with you. So you’ll need to be prepared to go through nicotine withdrawal for the first few weeks of your quit. Thankfully, a nicotine patch like NicoDerm CQ can help prevent the urge to smoke all day long. Learn how NicoDerm CQ can help here.
It may sound tough at first, but just like when you started smoking and you began craving nicotine more and more, when you stick to the decision to quit smoking, you’ll eventually start craving nicotine less and less. Close
How to curb the psychological addiction.
Remember way back in science class learning about the dog, the food and the bell? Mental addiction to smoking is like that: you drive to work, you smoke. You find yourself stressed, you smoke. You have a drink with friends, you smoke. Smoking becomes an integral part of many of your daily activities; so much so, that it’s hard to imagine doing any of these things without lighting up.
We call these activities “triggers.” And learning to avoid them when you first quit smoking is the best way to make sure your quit journey is a success. We can help you identify what your triggers are in the section called Identify Your Triggers. Close