Guys! Do you smoke, chew or use tobacco products regularly, if the answer is yes then you are addicted to them. If you put a cigarette to your lips & inhale, you are taking a most addictive substances known to mankind. That’s why all smokers get quickly addicted to nicotine. One can tell whether he is addicted to any drug by examining how he behaves under its influence. The level of your addiction depends on your personal tolerance, your need for more & how your body reacts when you don’t get it. If you are not sure that you’re addicted, please read the following questions & if your answer is yes for any of the questions, you are probably addicted to nicotine.
- Do you smoke every day?
- When you don’t smoke, do you get distressed?
- Are you unable to control how much you are smoking?
- Do you feel trouble in stopping?
- Do you often think about having the next cigarette?
- Do you feel like you have to smoke or you will go crazy?
- Do you ignore the damage that smoking is doing to your body?
- Do you get irked when your friends say something about your smoking habit?
Signs of addiction are tolerance to nicotine and behavioral symptoms that are usually triggered when you try to quit nicotine. Common symptoms that are seen on addicts on quitting nicotine are depressed mood, sleep problems, irritability, anger, anxiety, restlessness & increased appetite. Studies show that those with a higher level of nicotine addiction can’t easily get successful to quit & nicotine can be more addictive than heroin.
Why is smoking addictive?
Nicotine is the chemical in cigarettes that doesn’t allow you to quit smoking so easily. When you inhale Nicotine present in a cigarette, it alters the balance of chemicals in your brain. Nicotine changes the levels of these chemicals in the brain resulting in the change of your mood and concentration levels which you find enjoyable & thus become dependent on it. The more you smoke, the more your brain gets used to the nicotine which means that you have to smoke more to get the same effect. If you are addicted to smoking it is difficult to quit just with willpower as Nicotine cravings can be very strong. On the other hand, if you can stay a week long without taking nicotine, it means you are no longer addicted and you can quit smoking or chewing tobacco easily.
Tips to Quit Smoking
If you want to quit smoking, you should make small changes to your lifestyle to resist the temptation to light up.
1. Think Positive
You might have given up before, but this time, tell yourself that you are really going to do it this time.
2. Make a plan to quit smoking
Make a promise, set a date & stick to it
3. Change your diet
A US study reveals that some foods, including meat, make cigarettes more satisfying & others like cheese, fruits, vegetables make cigarettes taste terrible. So, try to take vegetarian diet most of the times.
4. Change your drink
Drink more water & juice & avoid fizzy drinks, alcohol, tea & coffee as they make cigarettes taste better.
5. Make non-smoking friends
When you are at the party, stick with the non-smokers.
6. Keep your hands & mouth busy
Nicotine replacement therapy can make you twice as likely to succeed. Try putting a drink in the hand that usually holds cigarette & drink using a straw to keep your mouth busy.
7. Get Moving
A scientific study has revealed that exercise cuts cravings and may help your brain to produce anti-craving chemicals, so take out time for exercise regularly.
Smoking the perfect way to commit suicide without actually dying, so you should Kill the cigarettes before they kill you.
Now we are explaining about some more addictions that you should definitely worry about:
Amphetamines are a class of drugs that are meant to treat narcolepsy & depression. It acts on a reward circuit in the brain causing rapid tolerance & desire for more if used frequently. The withdrawal can cause depression & lethargy.
This is a class of prescription psychoactive drug used to treat anxiety, insomnia, muscle spasms & alcohol withdrawal & its long-term use creates dependence for the drug. Moreover, its withdrawal can be even worse as it can create physical & mental problems.
It is a kind of painkiller that causes a pleasant state of mind & is used to help heroin users by reducing the effects of heroin withdrawal. In addition, methadone opens doors to new addictions & can be even deadlier than heroin if abused.
Alcohol is often socially acceptable as it relaxes & reduces people anxiety. Drinking can be mentally healthy if taken in moderation, but excessive drinking can easily become a problem. Withdrawal can cause nausea, extreme agitation, tremors & seizures.
Powder Cocaine acts as an extreme stimulant for about 15-20 minutes & creates a steady stream of dopamine in the brain. Cocaine becomes addictive as the brain craves the dopamine but can’t produce enough without the drug. Withdrawal causes extreme mood swings, irregular heart rate, sexual dysfunctions & even brain strokes.
6. Crystal Meth
Similar to cocaine it takes advantage of dopamine in the brain. People use to take it by inhaling it through nose & injecting it with a needle. The meth hangover causes the body to crash & feel mentally & physically weak for days on end. Withdrawal symptoms are psychosis, hallucinations, memory loss & severe depression.
A heroin causes a euphoric & numb state of mind & body. It also releases 100 times the dopamine than an orgasm. As a result, it is the most addictive drug known as it takes over much of the brain’s natural chemical construct. A body needs the drug in order to survive & its withdrawal can be deadly.
So, in the end, all we can say is there is not a drug on this earth that can make your life meaningful, so say no to drugs & say yes to good health.