DoktorABC’s Guide to Stop Smoking
It’s never been easier to give up smoking, with NHS resources devoted to NRT (nicotine replacement therapy), government schemes, and an array of self help measures available. There is also a wide choice of over the counter and prescription medications to choose from to help beat nicotine cravings and withdrawal problems. It’s not surprising that some people feel confused and don’t know where to begin when they decide to stop smoking.
DoktorABC Simplifies Giving Up Smoking
DoktorABC is a leading online prescription service that helps thousands of UK smokers to quit the habit with a minimum of fuss. We’re committed to helping people to take control of their health and find exactly the right treatments for beating nicotine withdrawal.
DoktorABC isn’t just about providing a fast and convenient prescription renewal and 24 hour medication delivery service, we’re concerned about your health. Our online GPs will review your personal health profile and ensure that your treatment exactly matches your current needs.
I Want to Give Up Smoking - Where Do I Begin?
There’s a bewildering choice of NRT products on the market, and it can be hard to find key information:
- Does this product really work?
- Is it the right treatment for me?
- What are the possible side effects?
Before you plan a stop smoking strategy and invest in an NRT treatment - or combination of treatments - you need to do your homework. You don’t want to end up paying for a treatment that you don’t actually need, or that could cause unpleasant side effects. It’s also important to understand the differences between over the counter treatments like nicotine gum, lozenges and patches, and more sophisticated prescription medications.
Everthing You Need to Know to Stop Smoking
Why is Smoking so Addictive?
Smoking is a problematic addiction because it operates on several levels. It also affects everybody differently. Scientific research is suggesting that some people may be especially prone to nicotine addiction, while others may be able to quit the habit more easily.
Cigarettes introduce nicotine to the body via inhaled smoke. Nicotine is an addictive drug that the body rapidly comes to depend on. Withdrawal causes physical discomfort within hours - or even less if you’re a heavy smoker.
Smoking is a pleasurable daily routine for over 7 million Britons. Cigarettes can function as a reward, a comfort and a psychological crutch. There are strong mental associations with good food, sex and breaks from work or study.
Smoking can be a strong social activity. In any workplace, there may be little cliques of smokers who gather in the smoking area several times a day. Smoking can be a great equaliser at work and is a bonding activity in all kinds of social situations. A shared need for a cigarette can also bring strangers together. If you’re lonely, or very sociable, it may be harder to quit.
How Hard will it be to Give Up?
Asking how hard it is to give up smoking is like asking how long is a piece of string. There are no hard and fast answers and it depends entirely several different factors:
- How long have you been smoking?
- How many cigarettes do you smoke daily?
- How susceptible are you to nicotine addiction?
- How much daily stress do you deal with?
- How supportive are your friends and family?
- How badly do you want to quit?
I want to quit - but I’m worried it will be too hard...
Millions of people around the world have succeeded to giving up smoking. If they can do it, you can too! If you follow a few simple steps you can simplify the whole quitting process and increase your chances of succeeding the first time.
- Research NRT and prescription medications
- Understand your own personal psychology
- Identify potential stresses and triggers
- Enlist support from friends and family
- Choose the right time to stop smoking
Nicotine withdrawal is just part of the process of giving up smoking. Your body will continue to cleanse and heal itself for up to 20 years after you give up smoking.
How to Deal With Nicotine Withdrawal
Understanding nicotine withdrawal symptoms is the first step in sucessfully kicking the habbit. Find out how to manage the initial stages of nicotine withdrawl.
How can I Avoid Smoking Again?
The relapse rate among ex smokers in the UK is high, and it’s raising questions about the effectiveness of many NRT methods. The fact that you’re worried about relapsing and starting to smoke again is actually a good sign. It means that you are taking the risk seriously and already planning a long term strategy to stay off the cigarettes in months and years to come.
Social Stresses and Triggers
Life is stressful and a personal crisis, work or money problems or relationship difficulties can easily trigger the urge for a cigarette. Cigarettes can be very comforting and if smoking was a deeply ingrained habit, reaching for one can be almost a reflex action. If you accept that you will inevitably face stressful situations, it’s easier to plan healthier coping mechanisms that don’t involve substance abuse, these could include sport, meditation, or just talking to an understanding friend.
So you Beat the Nicotine...Don’t get Complacent!
Complacency is probably the single biggest enemy that ex smokers will face. If you’ve been smoke free for months, or even years, it’s easy to believe that you’re in control and that the occasional cigarette can’t hurt. If you’re thinking in these terms, you’re manifestly not in control. The classic trap for ex-smokers is the belief that it’s ok to only smoke when you drink, or after a meal, or after sex...The chances are that you’ll be smoking full time before you know it.
How will I Feel when I Quit?
Everybody feels different when they quit smoking, but you will almost certainly experience nicotine cravings and mood changes. There may also be other unpleasant physical symptoms. The good news is that for most people, these will peak around the three day point, and then start to reduce in frequency and severity. If you can tough out the first week, you will have got through the hardest part of giving up smoking.
|Possible Physical Reactions
||Possible Psychological Reactions
||intense nicotine cravings
||Irritability and frustration
||Low mood, anxiety or self pity
||Pessimism about quitting
There are no hard and fast rules about how it feels to quit smoking, but it’s safe to say that if you expect to be miserable, you probably will be miserable. If you can approach quitting with a positive attitude, a good plan and a willingness to be flexible, you’ll stand a better chance of beating your nicotine addiction.