Nicotine Withdrawal

Are You Afraid of Nicotine Withdrawal?

Do you think about quitting smoking but are you afraid of the side effects of nicotine withdrawal? Don’t worry, nicotine is a powerful neurotoxin, but after about two days the body has completely eliminated it. The purely physical withdrawal symptoms should then have subsided within three days at the latest. Nonetheless, smokers will quickly reach for the worst of the worst, especially during this phase and afterwards. Why is this so?

Withdrawal symptoms - What causes them?

Regular use of a drug has a habituation effect on the body and the psyche. If the drug is withdrawn, the organism has to adjust to a completely new situation. Science calls this a withdrawal syndrome or abstinence syndrome. The occurrence of withdrawal symptoms suggests a dependency disorder. There are also physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms:

Physically:

  • Appear only a few hours after the first abstinence
  • Highlight after 24 to 48 hours

Psychic:

  • Show themselves especially in familiar situations
  • Duration cannot be specifically limited

Nicotine and tobacco substitutes

Nicotine is a powerful neurotoxin. Its addictive effect is intensified by other substances contained in tobacco smoke. Pure nicotine has a rather low addictive potential. The strong dependence of the smoker arises only by the interaction of the nicotine with the other contents materials of a cigarette. A physical dependence occurs quite early in the course of the disease. A few cigarettes or a few consecutive phases or days of smoking are sufficient to develop physical withdrawal symptoms when the substances are withdrawn. Orally ingested nicotine is much less addictive and patches also have less addictive potential.

It is therefore not surprising that the relapse rates of smokers who want to quit smoking with the help of nicotine substitutes are only slightly lower than those of smokers who quit smoking without any aids.

 

Is Nicotine Withdrawal really that bad

Nicotine withdrawal and physical withdrawal symptoms

The physical withdrawal symptoms of nicotine withdrawal can feel stressful, but disappear after a few days or weeks. But what physical withdrawal symptoms must the former smoker be prepared for?

The physical withdrawal symptoms of nicotine withdrawal can feel stressful, but disappear after a few days or weeks. But what physical withdrawal symptoms must the former smoker be prepared for?

  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Inner restlessness
  • Nervousness
  • Depressive Mood
  • Reduced ability to focus
  • Increased appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Increased sweating

To relieve the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, smokers can work with nicotine substitutes or prescription drugs. Heavy smokers should consider this option to prevent relapses. However, there is no real herb for mental withdrawal symptoms. They can only be combated with a lot of discipline and a change in behaviour.

The Power of Habit - What Helps Against Psychological Withdrawal Symptoms

The real challenge in stopping smoking lies in the mental dependence on cigarettes. For some, it is part of their morning coffee, for others it is part of their meal. No telephone conversation without a cigarette, one looks forward to the cigarette in the lunch break. Mental withdrawal symptoms appear when we cannot switch to the usual. We become restless, our thoughts revolve around the relaxation we think we experience through the trained behaviour.

But after the purely physical withdrawal it is only an illusion that we need the cigarette to feel comfortable. A change in behaviour can be learned. Man is a creature of habit. Things you do regularly become routine at some point. Even if all beginning is difficult, psychological withdrawal symptoms such as:

  • Aggressiveness
  • Concentration disorders
  • Mood swings and irritability
  • Anxiety and depression

Dealing with a conscious behavioral change. Fill the mental hole that the missing cigarette in you opens with a healthy substitute satisfaction! In the course of quitting smoking, you simply have to reverse the polarity of your body and mind and remember that the stress you want to face with a cigarette is caused by this very cigarette. Once you have broken this cycle, you should no longer be standing in the way of a smokeless life.

What Do I Do Without my Nicotine

Smoking and stress - an eternal cycle

The psychological dependence on smoking results from a trained coping with stress. Many smokers argue that cigarettes make them quieter, have a relaxing effect and help to reduce current stress. Apart from the physical withdrawal symptoms, which are already over after a few days, this is only a self-deception.

The actual stress and the inner restlessness arise only through the renunciation of the cigarette and the associated renunciation of nicotine! The pleasant feeling that arises after the first move has nothing to do with the fact that the cigarette alleviates a stress situation, on the contrary, only the nicotine addiction evokes the supposed restlessness. In this sense, smoking is nothing more than a bad habit, and it can also be aborted.

Poisoning symptoms after the first cigarette - a warning sign of your body

Anyone who has been forced by external circumstances to refrain from tobacco consumption for a longer period of time (hospitalisation, non-smoking locations) may remember the nausea caused by the first cigarette. The body often reacts with headaches, shortness of breath or dizziness. These are all symptoms of poisoning. The organism defends itself against the unhealthy substances forced upon it!

The absurd thing about it is that these phenomena are reversed after a short time and then occur because the substances are removed.

The psyche pretends that we need the cigarette, although our body has already come to terms with its absence. When we then reach for the cigarette again, our organism defends itself against the toxic substances, but we ignore the alarm signals. A real vicious circle from which you can only break out if you recognize this interaction and fight against it with discipline.

 

Can I live without smoking

Regeneration and better quality of life will await you on the other side of your efforts

Once the decision has been made to quit smoking, the physical and psychological symptoms of withdrawal are followed by vitality and joie de vivre. If you fill the place of the cigarette with relaxation exercises or sporting activity, you not only free yourself from an unhealthy and paralyzing addiction, you also do something for your lasting well-being. Get help and support if the withdrawal symptoms keep throwing you back. Your family doctor can advise you on how to stop smoking and, if in doubt, provide you with medication to alleviate the symptoms.

If you really want to stop smoking, you must be aware that the cigarette must first disappear completely from your life, so that you will no longer miss it. Quitting smoking by reducing the daily dose only works in very few cases, because the physical symptoms only disappear when the organism has completely broken down the addictive substance. Comfort yourself with the fact that your body can do without cigarettes after only a few days.

 

Once the decision has been made to quit smoking, the physical and psychological symptoms of withdrawal are followed by vitality and joie de vivre. If you fill the place of the cigarette with relaxation exercises or sporting activity, you not only free yourself from an unhealthy and paralyzing addiction, you also do something for your lasting well-being. Get help and support if the withdrawal symptoms keep throwing you back. Your family doctor can advise you on how to stop smoking and, if in doubt, provide you with medication to alleviate the symptoms. If you really want to stop smoking, you must be aware that the cigarette must first disappear completely from your life, so that you will no longer miss it. Quitting smoking by reducing the daily dose only works in very few cases, because the physical symptoms only disappear when the organism has completely broken down the addictive substance. Comfort yourself with the fact that your body can do without cigarettes after only a few days.

How long the withdrawal from tobacco consumption will last is also up to you and your own attitude to withdrawal. Don’t give up immediately when you relapse and be happy about every day you’ve given up smoking. Possible withdrawal symptoms are only a small evil against the liberation from something as absurd as tobacco consumption, to which nothing positive can be attached, no matter how you turn it and turn it around.

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