Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances that people come in contact with. That, combined with all the other toxic addictive substances in cigarettes, makes quitting smoking very difficult. If you want to quit, you have to choose the way that works for you. Either way, you will have to do a nicotine detox to prevent withdrawal symptoms. Read on to learn more.
How to Quit Smoking
There are several options for quitting. Cold turkey, structured quitting, patches, step-down, or inpatient detox are some of the ways to go.
The idea behind this is that you just quit smoking and never look back. This way is really difficult if you have been smoking for a long time or smoke a lot each day. If you’re a casual or social smoker, cold turkey may work for you.
The nicotine patches (Nicoderm CQ, Habitrol) help you stop smoking by giving you small doses of nicotine. You place a sticker-like patch on your skin and replace it every 16-24 hours.
Each time you change it, you have to pick a new spot on your skin that is free from hair. With this program, it can take 8-10 weeks to quit, but it helps tremendously with the nicotine detox.
Not many inpatient detox programs will treat nicotine detox. You will have to search online for a program in your area. While some detox centers do treat nicotine addiction, it is usually reserved for extreme cases, or for cases of nicotine addiction and other drug addictions combined.
A structured nicotine detox schedule is probably a safe choice for everyone. According to Addictions and Recovery, there are 8 steps to follow to quit smoking for good. I’m going to go over the first 6 (the BEFORE you quit parts). You can read the last 2 on the website if you like.
- Make the Decision to Quit
- Understand Your High-Risk Times
- Stock Up on Supplies
- Pick a Quit Date
- Let People Know
- Remove Smoking Reminders
Let’s take a closer look at each step.
Make the Decision to Quit
You’re over smoking. Maybe you’re getting sick. You’re tired of feeling out of breath, or your significant other or family has been nagging you and you don’t want to hear it any more.
Whatever the reason, you’ve made the decision to quit smoking. That is the first step to nicotine detox.
Understand Your High-Risk Times
Do you smoke after eating? After sex? While you’re drinking OR driving? Think about all the times you pick up a cigarette and make a mental note. You will have to learn to find a substitute for the cigarette.
Make a plan so you know how you’re going to replace smoking. Take a walk after you eat. Get a stress ball to squeeze whenever you feel the urge to smoke.
The website suggests that if you smoke while driving, take a different route to distract you so you’re not on “auto-pilot.”
Stock Up on Supplies
Smoking comes with an oral fixation, so you’re going to need something to keep your mouth busy. Grab fresh fruits and vegetables, chewing gum, plastic stirring straws, toothpicks…whatever you think you might want to chew on to keep your mouth busy.
Pick a Quit Date
Save the Date! Choose a quit date and mark it on your calendar. Give yourself about a month. Make sure it’s a day when you’re not going to be too busy to celebrate this special achievement.
Let People Know
Tell your friends and family that you’re quitting. Announce it on your Facebook page. Make sure people are aware so they can help hold you accountable and encourage you on your journey to quit!
Remove Smoking Reminders
There are certain things that trigger the desire to smoke. Get them out of your life! Clean your curtains, furniture, and carpets. Get rid of the smell of cigarettes in your home and car.
Stay away from friends or family members who smoke (for a while, anyway!). Keep those triggers away from you!
Sometimes nicotine detox is a necessary step. Much like using patches, you can reduce your smoking each day until you are down to maybe 1 or 2 cigarettes a day, then start the quitting process outlined above.
With the patch, you don’t get all of the harsh, toxic chemicals that are found in the cigarettes. The way you choose to quit is entirely up to you. Either way, the step-down process eases you out of smoking and into something healthier.
This process is a way of getting your body used to having less and less nicotine so that you don’t go through the withdrawal symptoms. It is a much easier way to detox that doesn’t put you in shock.
Herbal Nicotine Detox
Another way to help get rid of all the toxins that cigarettes put into your body is with herbs. These natural substances have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries to heal various ailments and soothe the body. They help the body perform at maximum level.
Check out one of my other blogs for tips on the best way to detox your body HERE.