Quit Smoking without Drugs

When approaching stopping smoking, Smokers are faced with finding answers to many questions regarding choosing a method to stop smoking. There seems to be a myriad of choices.

Should I be looking at prescriptions, pills, patches and potions or is it best to quit smoking without drugs?

This raises another question: if you want to stop smoking. Why do you “need” any sort of ‘product’ to do it?

Why not just stop?

Why Do I Think I need Drugs to Stop?

The smoking cessation industry is huge and extremely profitable. From nicotine replacement therapy to e-cigarettes of numerous kinds to prescription medicines, these products are promoted as smoking cessation aids and are a multi-billion dollar global business.

Many manufacturers even go so far as to promote them as “Health and Wellness” products.

Therefore, it is no surprise that many Smokers who want to quit smoking believe they cannot do it without some kind of medicated assistance.

Smokers already have enough of a chemical imbalance in the brain with their nicotine addiction; it makes no sense to increase it with prescription drugs.

In any case, using these drugs, as with medicinal nicotine products, merely reinforce the fear many smokers have that quitting is too difficult to achieve on their own.

Using prescription drugs or any other form of NRT to ‘treat’ smoking is an act of despair and is entirely unnecessary.

What Is Temporary Withdrawal ?

Withdrawal is the physical and emotional symptoms that occur after quitting. And they are only temporary.

There is no “pain” when you stop smoking. It is just in your head. Your body is telling you whatever it has to in order to get more nicotine because you are addicted. And the more you rationalize it (by saying “I can’t quit because it hurts”) the harder it becomes to convince yourself that you should quit.

Usually, symptoms of nicotine withdrawal begin rapidly and peak within one to three days.

There are both physical and psychological causes for withdrawal. The physical causes relate to the fact that the neurochemistry of Smokers’ brains changes in the presence of nicotine. Nicotine enhances the release of a chemical messenger called dopamine, which produces feelings of pleasure and satisfaction.

When smokers quit, the body once again has to recalibrate the regulation of dopamine and other neurotransmitters that control mood. In the short term, for quitting Smokers, that means dopamine levels are out of balance, a situation that leads to withdrawal symptoms.

Researchers believe that much of the extended craving that occurs after the nicotine is gone is psychological. For this reason, an approach which reconditions the faulty thinking will have the greatest chance for success in the long term.

Conclusions

For those Smokers who want to quit, without nicotine replacement, prescription medicines, or other ineffective and expensive marketing gimmicks, but who have difficulty doing this on their own, Abstinence Psychotherapy could be the answer.

You have to want to quit or you won’t.

Even if you purchase NRT products, you will not stop smoking if you don’t truly want to quit. Conversely, if you do have a strong and honest desire to quit, you will quit without the need for those useless and expensive products.

Additionally, nicotine replacements could be used longer than recommended. The idea behind quitting smoking is to get off nicotine, the drug that compels the smoker to keep smoking.

Cessation products just delay the inevitable. Their only result will be to prolong and intensify the withdrawal. The sooner you quit, the less damage you inflict on yourself.

As time goes on your cravings get further and further apart, the intensity and length gets less and less, and the fantastic benefits just keep on coming.

Let’s get started.

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8 Replies to “Quit Smoking without Drugs”

  1. Thank you for your encouraging article.  Though I am very fortunate not to be a smoker myself, I have friends who are in need of encouragement and information so they can quit.  I will be sure to refer them to your site.  Stopping without drugs seems to me to be the cleanest, most effective way to quit this awful habit.  Good suggestions in here!

  2. This whole article was basically my rational when I stopped smoking. I did not want to replace my cigarettes with drugs of any kind . I hardly even use drugs but advil on occasion if I can help it. What I did was I ended up weaning myself off cigarettes by doing a step down time approach. I used to smoke at least one every 2 hours. I gradually increased the 2 hours to 3 hours for a week and than to 4 hours per week etc. It worked and without as many noticeable mood affect or withdrawal wasnt as bad.

    1. Hi Cathy,

      Thanks for the positive feedback.

      I am glad to hear that slowly tapering off worked for you. For most people, that method usually results in prolonging and intensifying the withdrawal. That’s why I advocate cold turkey… Why torture ourselves ? 

      Glad you found a method that worked for you !

  3. Dear John,

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    Some of my friends ask me to pray for them that they need to stop smoking lol. I use to say to them that’s in your hand and you need to do it. However I am searching for helpful tips on quit smoking often and your post gave me helpful insights and got an idea how to guide and help my friends.

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    Much Success!

    Paul

  4. An interesting article about quitting smoking. I particularly enjoyed your information about temporary withdrawal symptoms. It makes complete sense to me that once the Nicotine is out of your body, any further symptoms are just physical manifestations of psychological withdrawal symptoms. Which also ties in with your point that using a patch just keeps the nicotine in your system, which wouldn’t really help with quitting at all.

    1. Hi Fiona,

      Yes, as you can see, once the nicotine is gone (usually within 72 hours) any further urges come from the mind. 

      That is why reconditioning the mind is the most effective way to stop long term…. It is also the reason that Smokers relapse after various lengths of time after the 72 hours.

      Thanks for your input !

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