How Nicotine Addiction Works
Using tobacco is more than just a series of "bad habits." It's a physical addiction. So let's talk about addiction in a real way.
You may not realize how nicotine has changed your brain. In the videos below, Dr. Richard Hurt, Founding Director of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center, explains just how powerful nicotine addiction can be. He also describes how medication can DOUBLE your chances of quitting and helps you pick the right one for you.
Some people don't want to use medication to quit. They think quitting is something they should do on their own, just with willpower. Or they've tried a medication before and don't think it worked.
Using medication can make quitting more comfortable and less stressful. And there’s no shame in using it. Think of it like taping up a blister while you’re out on a hike. It will help you enjoy the journey and get where you want to go.
Quitting Medications: 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.
Nicotine Addiction and Quit Medications
Next, consider quit medications that may work for you, as well as alternative options.