Read Extracts from the Life-Changing eBook "No More Cravings QUIT SMOKING PROGRAM".

Read Extracts from the Life-Changing eBook "No More Cravings QUIT SMOKING PROGRAM". from ANTRAC Acupuncture Clinic

By: ANTRAC Acupuncture Clinic  16-Mar-2011
Keywords: Counselling, Acupuncture, Life Coaching

Smokers Smoke to Feel “Normal”

You do not need nicotine surging through your veins to feel “normal”

The majority of smokers started smoking to show that they were mature and independent and not wanting to conform, and nobody could tell them what to do.  They were in control of their lives and how they spend their money, and who they hang around with, likely other smokers who had already shown their independence and stood up to be “different” exactly like the numerous others.  Nobody could tell them that they could not smoke.  But due to the addictive nature on nicotine the decision of when to choose to smoke had long gone and now the cigarette controlled you and your former independence had gone and been replaced with a powerful unrelenting addiction.  Fancy that, you had become an “addict”.  That is a horrible term and conjures up contempt and dreadful thoughts of being powerless.  “Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes” - Anon.  The unfortunate truth is that you need a cigarette just to feel right physically and mentally just like non-smokers feel normally and naturally.  Without the boost from the cigarette you feel broken, incomplete, agitated and stressful.  So much for that original reason for smoking, the independence and the control have been replaced with dependence and no self control.  Eleanor Roosevelt summed it up when she stated “even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain”.  Millions of people have given up their nicotine addiction and they all feel “normal” again without nicotine.  It is your turn next.

The complex brain chemistry behind smoking

On average smokers inhale about 10 puffs from each cigarette that they smoke. A smoker that smokes 20 cigarettes per day will receive about 200 top-ups per day. Each dose of nicotine reaches the brain within seven seconds, so the “reward” for what ails the smoker arrives almost instantaneously, and then they feel “normal” again.  This feeling of normalcy is mediated by the release of several chemical substances in the brain and includes beta-endorphin, which reduces irritation and anxiety, norepinephrine, which stimulates the smoker, increases the heart rate and increases attentiveness.  The third chemical substance released in the brain is dopamine.  It modulates mood and initiates a desirable and pleasurable feeling throughout the whole body.  Once the brain has grown accustomed to the elevated mood and pleasurable reward, cessation of the sensation has the opposite effect and the person feels down, agitated, irritable and generally depressed.  It is at this stage or mostly well before this stage that the smoker needs another “hit” to make them feel “normal” again, and take away their pain.  It is not hard to understand why smokers greatly need their “fix” to feel normal and whole again.


Develop the intention to feel “normal” like you used to before you became a dependent addict

Sharon Salzberg stated “If we fall, we don't need self-recrimination or blame or anger - we need a reawakening of our intention and a willingness to recommit, to be whole-hearted once again. Oprah Winfrey believes “before you agree to do anything that might add even the smallest amount of stress to your life, ask yourself “What is my truest intention?” Give yourself time to let a yes resound within you. When it's right, I guarantee that your entire body will feel it.  Each decision we make, each action we take, is born out of an intention.  Our repeated failure to fully act as we would wish must not discourage us. It is the sincere intention that is the essential thing, and this will in time release us from the bondage of habits which at present seem almost insuperable. Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives”.  Mary Manin Morrissey declared         “I will act now. I will act now. I will act now. Henceforth, I will repeat these words each hour, each day, every day, until the words become as much a habit as my breathing, and the action which follows becomes as instinctive as the blinking of my eyelids”.  This is the way to become motivated in your resolve to quit permanently, and feel like a “normal” person that can handle stress or boredom or poor self-esteem and everything that life throws at us without requiring a nicotine “fix” to make us feel normal.

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