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: Non-Nicotine Medication

There are two quit smoking medications that don’t contain nicotine. They both affect the nicotine receptors in your brain to make the nicotine from tobacco less pleasurable. One is called bupropion (brand name: Zyban®) and the other is called varenicline (brand name: Chantix®). You’ll need a prescription to use either one. Check out Dr. Hurt's guidance in this video.

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