Trying to quit? Don't buy patches it's all in your head

January 15, 2019

In my experience, very few smokers are actually addicted to nicotine,  or should I say it's not the addiction to nicotine that stops them quitting. It's the habit. That's why some smokers only have 5 a day while others have 40. Some don't smoke at weekends, some are only social smokers. 





Now whilst I've been telling this to my smoking cessation clients for years, it seems research is catching up and supports my findings. 


"These findings might not be popular with advocates of the nicotine addiction theory, because they undermine the physiological role of nicotine and emphasize mind over matter when it comes to smoking," says Dr. Dar, in his new study published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology (see here for more info






Now if nicotine were the villain, you'd expect craving levels to increase the longer you can't have a cigarette, so during long haul flights for example.  Yet this is not supported by the research. The research showed that craving level were largely the same for a 2hr flight as an 10 hour flight. Why?  Because it's the 'idea' you can't have a cigarette that causes the craving not the lack of nicotine.



                                                            It's a bit like when you're travelling and you get desperate for the                                           loo when you know there's no toilet stop for two hours. That's                                                not toilet addiction. It's a result of focusing on what you                                                         can't have a creating a need!! People are good at that.


So what does this mean? Well , if it's a habit disorder rather than a chemical addiction, you need to see a specialist in dealing with habits, not buying patches or nicotine replacement vapes.  And who specialises in dealing with habits? Well, me, I'm a hypnotherapist, I work with your subconscious and your subconscious is the seat of all habitual behaviours. 


Want to find out more about how I can help you quit the cigss then get in touch.  I offer a complementary 30 minute consultation.  What have you got to lose?!




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