Does nicotine have a strong hold over your day-to-day function? Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances on earth – it is derived from the tobacco plant. Although nicotine is not illegal, it is equally as addictive as cocaine or heroin; which are two illegal drugs known for their strong addictive qualities.
When you use nicotine, your body begins to rely on it for both mental and physical function. You may not be able to quit smoking because you have to face both the psychological and physical issues facing you at this point, which is often overwhelming for anyone in this predicament.
It is not the smoke itself that wreaks havoc on your addictions, making it impossible for you to quit smoking – it is the nicotine that gets carried, via the smoke, deep into your lungs where it is absorbed into your bloodstream and then carried to every available part of your body to affect your internal health.
Your blood vessels, heart, brain, hormones, and your metabolism are all directly affected by nicotine. Even though you may logically understand the damage being done to your body, your ability to quit smoking is diminished because the drug has the same effect as endorphins, releasing mood elevating feelings, causing you to crave more.
However, nicotine poses yet another conundrum… when you try to quit smoking, or even stay at the same number of cigarettes you currently smoke, your body sets off a trigger for you to smoke more, sending signals to you that you’ve become tolerant of your current usage. Nicotine causes a reaction, quicker than if you were given a drug intravenously.
If you are able to quit smoking, nicotine will continue to reside in your body for up to four days after you have stopped using it. Your body will go into withdrawal mode, which causes both a mental and physical obstacle you will need to overcome.
While the physical symptoms of the addiction will be dealt with through symptoms such as sleep disturbance, headaches, and dizziness, when you quit smoking, the mental symptoms are noticeable when the newly ex-smoker begins dealing with depression, frustration, and potential anger that results from the nicotine withdrawal.
Because of the difficulties felt in both the mind and body, many smokers will return to the bad habit causing the nicotine to erase the symptoms they’re feeling. The dilemma of withdrawal symptoms when you quit smoking can last for days, or weeks, depending on the severity of the addiction.
If you can overcome the withdrawal symptoms, eventually, the symptoms will disappear and the strong hold that nicotine has over you loosens its grip and allows you, the ex-smoker, to finally break the habit for good. Most smokers will need to try smoking cessation programs several times before they are able to never feel the need to pick up another cigarette, although many find they can do it on the first try, using smoking cessation hypnosis programs.