Thinking about Quitting smoking? (1)Article
03. 01. 2022 General practitioner
Many people enter the New Year with a personal resolution to quit smoking. Elimination of the dependence on nicotine can prove more difficult than they have imagined. With the next lit cigarette comes an unpleasant feeling of personal failure. Your chances of overcoming the withdrawal period can be significantly improved when you seek out the help of a professional – for example, you can get help and support from a general practitioner or an addiction support clinic.
Are you one of those people who have been troubled by their nicotine addiction and wish to eliminate this bad habit? First of all, you should honestly think about the reasons behind wanting to quit smoking.
Whatever your source of motivation may be, your decision to stop smoking can be considered one of the best decisions you can make in your life. In medical terms, smoking is a devastating habit which can damage the patient’s body for many years to come. Most of the health complications associated with this bad habit usually manifest themselves in what can be decades – for example, there is a strong connection between smoking and the occurrence of atherosclerosis (thickening of the arteries) and cancer.
What happens to your body when you stop smoking?
Cigarette addiction is both psychological in nature (“cigarettes calm me down”) as well as physical in nature – the regular nicotine dose will be missed by the body of a person quitting smoking. It is important to prepare yourself for weeks of rehabilitation as well as to realize that your body will undergo a purification and cleansing process. You should also consider what positive things you plan to do after you stop smoking to help support your quitting process.
Smoking can be compared to the idea of you having a large open wound that you would repeatedly scrape on a daily basis and therefore prevent it from healing. The moment you stop aggravating it, your body will naturally begin to heal and regenerate itself. The human body is capable of healing from complications resulting from smoking. However, these are often reversible and the body can return to a normal state. You will find that you can breathe better and that your taste and smell will improve as well.
Quitting smoking also carries with it some potential difficulties including increased irritability, poor concentration, an urge to smoke and potential sleeping problems. It may not be pleasant because these symptoms may even last for several weeks. Nicotine substitutes can help in suppressing the withdrawal symptoms but experts believe that it works as a “crutch” that can actually prolong the suffering. The doses can be decreased over time and if you overcome the initial symptoms, you are on a good way to getting rid of your habit entirely.
How can a professional be of help?
If you are firmly committed to quitting smoking, we can help you find the required positive motivation. A professional can give you recommendations to help you cope with your journey to life without cigarettes.
- A professional has a wide overview of the products used while quitting (gums, sprays, patches etc.).
- Smokers suffering from a strong physical addiction can be prescribed a specific medication which affects the receptors in the brain which normally bind with nicotine. People who use this medication gradually stop feeling the need to light a cigarette because it will cease to “taste” good. We can also provide psychological support, which is the best way how to solve this problem.
- Some people quitting smoking reach out to using electronic cigarettes. This has a benefit in not bothering those around you with smoke but does not address the nicotine addiction problem itself. There are of course other available methods and approaches that you may try. However, the key remains the will to quit and the motivation to help you through it.
For help and advice, please feel free to book a visit with your general practitioner.