Re-Learn Addiction

How Nicotine Addiction Works

So you’ve learned a few things about Re-learning Habit.  And you’ve made it through the first part of re-learning life without cigarettes — how to deal with all of the habits you connect with lighting up. But smoking is more than just a series of “bad habits."  It's a physical addiction.

So let’s talk about re-learning what you know about addiction. Few people realize how the nicotine in cigarettes actually changes their brain. Dr. Richard Hurt from Mayo Clinic’s Nicotine Dependence Center is a leading expert in the field of smoking cessation. In the videos below, Dr. Hurt explains the physical nature of addiction to cigarettes and just how powerful it can be. He’ll also tell you how medication can DOUBLE your chances of quitting smoking and help you pick the right one for you. Lots of people say they don’t want to use medication to quit smoking, because they think it’s something they should do on their own with just their willpower. Or they’ve tried a medication before and don’t think it worked. If you’re one of those people, all we can say is trust us on this. Just hear what Dr. Hurt has to say and then make up your mind.

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The nicotine patch is another option. Just put it on in the morning and you're good to go for the whole day. The patch gives you a continuous flow of nicotine, all day long. However, it takes a bit it longer for the nicotine to get into your system. It's perfectly okay, though, to use the nicotine patch for its continuous flow of nicotine and then also use nicotine gum or nicotine lozenges to deal with the cravings, when you have them. It's also perfectly okay to keep the nicotine patch on through the night. In fact, most people sleep better, because the patch relieves nicotine withdrawal symptoms which can disturb sleep. Some people have vivid dreams due to the nicotine patch. If this is disturbing to you, simply take the patch off at bedtime. No prescription is needed for the patch, but it's a good idea to talk with your health care provider before using it.

Video: Quit Smoking Aids: Nicotine Patch

The nicotine patch is easy to use and a simple concept. The nicotine patch delivers nicotine to your system. Put a patch on in the morning, and you’re good to go for the whole day. No prescription is needed. It takes a bit longer for the nicotine to get into your system, but it gives you a continuous dose of nicotine all day. You can use it along with nicotine gum or lozenges, too. Listen to Dr. Hurt’s advice on how to best use the patch. It’s another stop smoking aid in your arsenal to help you quit smoking.

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