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 actually hijacked your brain, making quitting harder. You may not want to use medication to quit or you may have tried them before and didn't think they worked. You may think quitting is something you should do on your own, just with willpower.

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.

Next, consider quit medications that may work for you, as well as alternatives to medication.