One of the most challenging parts of dropping the smoking habit is that it is a mental addiction as well as a physical one. Hypnotherapy deserves consideration because it’s one of the few techniques that addresses the mental side of the issue in depth. Many other quitting aids can help you with the nicotine withdrawal involved in overcoming the physical addiction.
Smoking hypnotherapy is typically quick, with many therapists offering single-session treatments. This is not an ongoing program that requires years of expensive consultations. Hypnotherapy involves equipping you with free techniques you can use on your own (e.g. positive affirmations) to deal with cravings. Many therapists also provide MP3s or CDs with hypnotherapy suggestions on them so that you can reinforce the effectiveness of the original session. An individual hypnotherapy session costs less than $200 and takes between an hour and an hour and a half.
2) Nicotine Patches
The patch remains perhaps the best-known smoking cessation aid for dealing with the body’s physical withdrawal from nicotine. It’s produced by some different manufacturers, and famous brand names include Nicoderm CQ and Habitrol. Generic equivalents are also widely available.
Patches are intended to be worn for six to 10 weeks after you quit smoking. They deliver nicotine, the major addictive chemical in tobacco, to your body in a steady stream. Many patch systems come in multiple strengths designed to wean your body off its reliance on nicotine gradually. Applying the patch sometimes produces a tingling sensation; this usually fades away within an hour. Patches are extremely durable, and you can wear them even through wet activities like showering or using a jacuzzi.
3) Nicotine Gum
Nicotine gum is a commonly available stop smoking aid that can be found throughout the western world. Most brands deliver the same amount of nicotine in one piece of gum that would be found in one or two cigarettes. Nicotine gum is intended to be chewed only until it softens; you then need to tuck the gum between your teeth and cheek. Some users have encountered mild side effects when chewing large amounts of nicotine gum, including difficulty swallowing and a susceptibility to hiccups.
Nicotine gum is available in two dosage levels, 2g, and 4g. 4g gum is designed for heavy smokers, those who smoke more than 25 cigarettes a day. With both types, the manufacturer’s recommendation is to begin by taking a piece of gum every hour or two and gradually increasing the amount of time you go between doses.
4) Anti-smoking Drugs (Pills)
There are two forms of medication currently being used for overcoming nicotine addiction. The first of these is Zyban, which is also used as an antidepressant under the brand name Wellbutrin SR. It produces a chemical effect in the brain very similar to that caused by cigarettes, creating the same sensation of a “high.”
Chantix is a newer smoking cessation drug that operates in a different way. It blocks the chemical receptors that are typically activated by smoking. This stops the release of pleasure chemicals when a user smokes, eliminating the biological positive feedback which tempts you to keep smoking.
This is another recent medical development in the fight against tobacco addiction. These injections are given three at a time, in different parts of the body. They block the same neural receptors that are usually stimulated by nicotine, eliminating the physical craving for tobacco.
These injections are available from trained physicians, and the procedure is conducted on an outpatient basis. The cost is typically about $500, and the session itself takes 90 minutes. Injections are only performed after a full medical check-up.
6) Laser Treatment
This is another novel treatment for cigarette addiction. The principle here is to use focused laser light on the main acupuncture points to release endorphin’s in your body and eliminate the need for nicotine. This provides a non-invasive, chemical-free relief from the physical aspects of nicotine addiction.
Many users report complete success in giving up smoking following a single laser treatment. The treatment session itself takes only 30 minutes, but this is usually preceded by a 30-minute consultation. The cost of the entire procedure is normally roughly $500.
7) Dietary Alterations
Our last four methods to quit smoking concentrate on natural remedies, and changing your diet is first on this list. It’s a good idea to shift your diet towards produce when you give up smoking. Incorporate as many leafy greens into your diet as you can; aiming for three salads a day is an excellent goal. Use fresh vegetables and fruit for in-between meal snacks rather than sugary treats or heavily-processed junk food. Stay away from caffeinated beverages and alcohol.
8) Nutritional Supplements
Beating smoking is a lot easier when you help your body purge toxins quickly and efficiently. The right supplements can help. Essential supplements for reducing toxicity include vitamins A and C, the full B series (B3, B5, and B12 in particular), magnesium, zinc, calcium, and coenzyme Q10.
Your sense of smell will be greatly amplified when you give up smoking, and this can make aromatherapy highly efficient. Soothe away stress and nicotine cravings with aromas like nicotiana, angelica, sagebrush, chaparral, chamomile, and lavender.
10) Therapeutic Massage
Professional massage therapy doesn’t just help you deal with stress and make it easier to relax, it’s also an effective tool for detoxification. Indulge yourself with regular massages while you’re going through the nicotine withdrawal process.
11) Nicotine Vaping Devices
One of the latest and quite possibly greatest method today is the use of nicotine aid devices. Vaping as it’s known is an extremely effective way for a smoker to adjust the amount of nicotine they desire. The idea is for the person to use a modern vape device like the Cuboid by Joyetech and adjust down the the level of nicotine needed. This allows the user to eventually bring the level down to zero without a drastic change and with almost no withdrawals.