Why Is It So Hard to Quit Smoking Cigarettes?
If you’re a smoker, you’ve probably heard about the importance of quitting smoking to save your health from everyone—your doctor, your loved ones, your kids, your coworkers. And if you’re like most tobacco smokers, you’ve probably tried to quit before—and failed. Maybe you held out for weeks, months, even a year. But in the end, you’ve always gone back. So now you’re wondering: How can I quit smoking for real this time? Why is it so hard to quit smoking cigarettes?
The truth is, nicotine—the chemical that makes cigarettes and other tobacco products addictive—is every bit as addictive as cocaine and heroin. And cigarettes are a very efficient nicotine delivery system. Nicotine stimulates the parts of your brain that produce a chemical called dopamine, which is the “happy chemical”—in other words, it pushes your pleasure buttons. Your brain learns to associate cigarettes with pleasure—and it becomes dependent on nicotine to get that feeling. But while cocaine and heroin kill you quickly and dramatically, nicotine kills you slowly. Nicotine’s long-term effects, like cancer, emphysema, heart disease, and diabetes, take years, even decades, to make themselves known. So while it’s normal to go to rehab for cocaine and heroin, you’re expected to keep going to work every day and living your normal life while dealing with nicotine withdrawal. And it’s hard!
If you’re frustrated with trying to quit smoking cigarettes, maybe it’s time for professional help. Smokers in Florida (FL) can get the help they need through the outpatient program at Archstone Recovery of the Palm Beaches in Lantana, Florida (FL). Archstone Recovery is a state-of-the-art drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility that uses the proven twelve-step approach, combined with other techniques customized to your life, to help you quit smoking—and to make sure you have the tools you need to stay smoke-free for the rest of your life. If you’re ready to quit, call Archstone Recovery today.