You Smoke Because You're A Smoke-a-holic!

Charlee GOLD
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:58

18 Jul 2004, 00:34 #21

I have read this Smoke-a-holic post numerous times since finding Whyquit and Freedom. Still, I believe it to be one of the most enlightening, Image"oh, so that's it!", pieces to be found, and I have been known to verbally try and explain this to several smoking friends! Thanks for bumping this one up again! Image
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GrumpyOMrsS (Gold)
Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:00

04 Oct 2004, 11:27 #22

Even people taking it up today are not sufficiently warned of how addictive and how dangerous this product is. Of course they know its dangerous and they now hear it is addictive, but very few people realize just how dangerous and how addictive.

If people are asked to rank cigarette smoking dangers compared to the dangers posed by pollution, or illegal drugs, or alcohol induced illnesses, or violence in our society, or the risks of being killed by a drunk driver, or the risk of infectious diseases like pneumonia or AIDS, cigarettes may end up in the middle or maybe even at the bottom of the list. In America, more people die from smoking than people killed in ALL accidents, murders, all suicides, all infectious diseases, all diabetes, all cirrhosis and all olf the AIDS deaths all combined.

Most people don't grasp the true magnitude of the dangers. Also, must people don't realize the true grip of the addiction that nicotine exerts. Worse of all, very few people are given any real understanding of how to take control of the addiction once it has been established. The combination of all of this lack of understanding leaves people ripe from taking up smoking and totally unprepared for getting off of it when they want to quit.

Try to see smokers for who they really are. They are drug addicts who very often do not have the understanding and tools in place to break free of their addiction. You do have the understanding and hopefully at some point they may turn to you for help. When they do share with them what we have shared with you. Help them understand that you were once where they were--you didn't understand why you smoked, why you should stop, how to stop and how to stay off. But once you learned all of this you were able to quit and have proven by example that you have been able to stay off. The example you will have proven is that you have stuck with your commitment to never take another puff!

Joel
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John (Gold)
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

30 Dec 2005, 20:17 #23

Chemical dependency upon smoking nicotine is as real and permanent Image as alcoholism. We now have many studies showing that nicotine causes the human brain to grow millions of extra nicotinic type acetylcholine receptors. We know that it happens in at least 11 different brain regions. De-sensitized to a number of your own natural neuro-chemicals, going home requires the patience to allow time for re-sensitization and time to adjust to re-sensitization.

Last year here in the U.S. the tobacco industry spent $14 billion in order to keep U.S. smokers (and curious youth who can't wait to look and feel more adult) brainwashed into believing that smokers smoke for every reason imaginable except for the truth - that almost all daily smokers are already addicted under DSM-IV mental health standards. Flavor, taste, pleasure, like, love, to make new friends, or for adventure, none provide an honest answer as to why we smoked.

If truly hooked, such rationalizations may have made us feel better about our situation but do not change it. We're true drug addicts in every sense and for us there will always be just two sides of the bars. The question now becomes, on which side will we spend the balance of our time here on earth?



If you have not yet accepted the fact that you are a true drug addict, chemically addicted to an alert dopamine/adrenaline high, then you'd be wise to do so as it's extremely liberating. You'll no longer need the large collection of rationalizations, minimizations and blame transference you've used over the years to justify that next fix and to hide behind. Self honesty will allow you to start throwing them out.

This amazing journey home during which we gradually come to know the real neuro-chemical us can be the most liberating period of self discovery that we'll likely ever know.

All we need to do is to allow ourselves the luxury of not being afraid that we're leaving a major part of us behind. It's normal to feel that way. Feeling that nicotine use defines who we are, gives us our edge, helps us cope and that life without it will be horrible is exactly how the brain is supposed to make us feel about species survival events (eating, thirst quenching, reproduction, nurturing, accomplishemnt) but our dopamine "aaah" and insula carving pathways were fooled by an external chemical. In regard to nicotine it's a lie. You won't feel worse once out from under nicotine's influence but calmer, more relaxed and vastly less stressed. Feelings of needing it are what drug addiction is all about but in regard to external chemcials its false. Even the love in our heart, we get to bring it with us!

Nicotine dependency recovery is a gradual self realization that everything we once did as an actively feeding addict can again be done as well as or better being "us"! Baby steps, just one new piece of the re-adjustment puzzle at a time, you'll see it all begin to fit together soon. Just one guiding principle, no nicotine just one hour, challenge and day at a time! We're with you in spirit.

John
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JoeJFree Gold
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

08 May 2006, 21:41 #24

Only one reason people smoke tobacco - to acquire nicotine and keep their balance of 'nicotine normal'.

Only one rule to break free of that Cycle of Dependency, No Nicotine Today.

Only one way to stay in control, on the free side of the bars of the prison of active nictoine addiction - Never Take Another Puff.

JoeJ - Free, Day 483
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JoeJFree Gold
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

21 Jun 2006, 19:21 #25

Stress has a physiological effect on the body which makes the urine acidic. Whenever the urine becomes acidic, the body excretes nicotine at an accelerated rate. Thus, when a smoker encounters a stressful situation he loses nicotine and goes into drug withdrawal. Most smokers feel that when they are nervous or upset cigarettes help calm them down. The calming effect, however, is not relief from the emotional strain of the situation, but actually the effect of replenishing the nicotine supply and ending the withdrawal. It is easy to understand why the smoker without this basic knowledge of stress and its nicotine effect is afraid to give up smoking. They feel that they will be giving up a very effective stress management technique. But once they give up smoking for a short period of time, they will become calmer, even under stress, than when they were smokers.
(from Joel's original essay above)
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JoeJFree Gold
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

31 Aug 2006, 19:02 #26

For Marcus:

Only one reason people smoke tobacco - to acquire nicotine and keep their balance of 'nicotine normal'.

Only one rule to break free of that Cycle of Dependency, No Nicotine Today.

Only one way to stay in control, on the free side of the bars of the prison of active nictoine addiction - Never Take Another Puff.

JoeJ - Free, Day 597
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JoeJFree Gold
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

13 Sep 2006, 18:34 #27

It is important for the smoker considering quitting to understand these concepts because once they truly understand why they smoke they will be able to more fully appreciate how much more simple their life will become as an ex-smoker.

Once the smoker stops, nicotine will begin to leave their body and within two weeks all the nicotine will be gone. Once the nicotine is totally out of the body, all withdrawal will cease. No longer will they experience drug withdrawal states whenever encountering stress, drinking, or just going too long without smoking. In short, they will soon realize that all the benefits they thought they derived from smoking were false effects. They did not need to smoke to deal with stress, or to drink, socialize, or work. Everything they did as a smoker they can do as a non-smoker, and in most cases they will now do these activities more efficiently and feel better during them. (from Joel's Original article).
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FlyinFree
Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:01

06 Nov 2006, 22:07 #28

i am so grateful to be on the nicotine free side and looking at the line from this angle. I don't ever want to face this battle of addiction again, and with all this information i don;t have to.. thank you

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Todd Reese - Free and Healing for Twenty One Days, 12 Hours and 7 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 1 Day and 11 Hours, by avoiding the use of 430 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $86.10.
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JoeJFree Gold
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

24 Jan 2007, 05:01 #29

Once the smoker stops, nicotine will begin to leave their body and within two weeks all the nicotine will be gone. Once the nicotine is totally out of the body, all withdrawal will cease. No longer will they experience drug withdrawal states whenever encountering stress, drinking, or just going too long without smoking. In short, they will soon realize that all the benefits they thought they derived from smoking were false effects. They did not need to smoke to deal with stress, or to drink, socialize, or work. Everything they did as a smoker they can do as a non-smoker, and in most cases they will now do these activities more efficiently and feel better during them.

They will become a more independent people. It is a good feeling and a major accomplishment to break free from this addiction. But no matter how long they are off smoking and how confident they feel, the ex-smoker must always remember that they are a smoke-a-holic.

- Joel

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JoeJFree Gold
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

18 Apr 2007, 00:53 #30

Only one reason people smoke tobacco -
to acquire nicotine and keep their balance of 'nicotine normal'.
Only one rule to break free of that Cycle of Dependency,
No Nicotine Today.
Only one way to stay in control,
on the free side of the bars of the prison of active nictoine addiction -
Never Take Another Puff.
JoeJFree, Day 827 & very glad I retain the power to choose by NTAP!
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