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As Kay shares here, we each conditioned our minds to expect nicotine at certain times, places, locations, events or when encountering certain emotions. As
I've heard Joel say more than once, when phones were still tied to cords most of us wouldn't pick it up when it rang without first ensuring that we
had our nicotine source handy as we didn't know how long we'd be on it.
It may be little things like ice cubes hitting a glass, our little walk, or subtle distinctions like the weekly paper being a single cigarette read while
the Sunday paper was always three. Each trigger encountered means an opportunity to reclaim one additional aspect of our life, to obtain another piece of
the puzzle. Soon the pieces start fitting together and before long more of the puzzle is complete than missing.
Unless we insist upon keeping a few pieces in our pocket (those lingering romantic dependency fixations) - with each passing day the challenges will grow
fewer, shorter and generally less intense. Fully retrain your EA, complete the puzzle and taste the full flavor of a life where wanting for nicotine
becomes the exception not the rule.
This can be one of the most interesting adventures in self discovery that we'll ever make if we'll only stop being afraid and allow ourselves to
notice and smell the beauty of the slowly opening rosebud that is us.
John (Gold x6)
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So what do you do, if you are addicted to smoking cigarettes and you want to stop? When use of an addictive drug like nicotine is stopped, the level
of signaling along the many affected pathways will change to levels far from normal. If the drug is not reintroduced, the altered level of signalling
will eventually induce the nerve cells to once again make compensatory changes that restore an appropriate balance of activities within the brain.
Over time, receptor numbers, their sensitivity, and patterns of release of neurotransmitters all revert to normal, once again producing normal
levels of signalling along the pathways. There is no way to avoid the down side. The pleasure pathways will not function at normal
levels until the number of receptors on the affected nerve cells have time to readjust.
Many people attempting to quit smoking use patches containing nicotine to help them, the idea being that providing nicotine removes the craving for
cigarettes. This is true, it does -- so long as you keep using the patch. Actually, using such patches simply substitutes one (admittedly less dangerous)
nicotine source for another. If you are going to quit smoking, there is no way to avoid the necessity of eliminating the drug to which you are addicted,
nicotine. Hard as it is to hear the bad news, there is no easy way out. The only way to quit is to quit.
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