Only 4-7% of smokers who try to quit without support succeed in quitting for good. We don’t write this to scare you but to motivate you. Many believe their smoking addiction is an easy solve, but the truth is, quitting smoking is a physiological and psychological challenge. Now, do you want the bright side? Advice and support from a healthcare provider, which includes counseling and medication, can double your chances of quitting successfully.
Part of the challenge facing smokers is the down-played difficulties of quitting. Many like to believe that if they wanted to, they could never let a cigarette touch their lips again. But the solution isn’t so simple. Willpower alone may not be enough to keep quitters, well, quitters.
When you take a drag of a cigarette, the brain’s reward circuits fill with dopamine, speeding one’s heart rate and raising one’s blood pressure. Within 10 seconds of taking a puff, nicotine reaches the brain. But, when the effects wear off, the smoker wants to pick up another cigarette. This creates an addictive cycle that is incredibly difficult to break.
Anyone who attempts to quit smoking is not just taking on a challenge—they’re taking on an addiction. And being successful in this charge is not entirely up to a quitter’s will or desire. As with any medical condition or addiction, it’s important to get support from a healthcare provider.
Check out our other articles for more ideas on why you should talk to a doctor, how they can help you with your quit, and the importance of creating a strong support circle of family and friends to help you commit to quit. Getting support from those around you may help increase your odds of quitting successfully.
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