Smoking Is Not Just An Addiction Smoking Is A Habit! The Psychology Of Quitting Gradually
by Mitch Morgan
Latest University research on cigarette addiction supports the techniques advanced in this book. Habit, not addiction, is the dominant factor that is preventing smokers from permanently quitting. In a new study published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Dr. Reuven Dar of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Psychology found that the intensity of cravings for cigarettes were more influenced by the psychosocial element of smoking than with the physiological effects of nicotine as an addictive chemical. Dr. Dar’s studies conclude that nicotine is not addictive as physiological addictions are usually defined.
Dr. Dar states that, “While nicotine does have a physiological role in increasing cognitive abilities such as attention and memory, it is not an addictive substance like heroin, which creates true systemic and biologically-based withdrawal symptoms in the body of the user.”
“These findings might not be popular with advocates of the nicotine addiction theory, because they undermine the physiological role of nicotine and emphasise mind over matter when it comes to smoking.” Dr. Dar hopes that this research will help clinicians and health authorities develop more successful smoking cessation programs than those utilising nicotine patches or gum. The hypothesis is that people who smoke do so for short-term benefits like oral gratification, sensory pleasure and social camaraderie. “Once the habit is established, people continue to smoke in response to cues and in situations that become associated with smoking.” Dr. Dar believes that understanding smoking as a habit, not an addiction, will facilitate treatment, and that smoking cessation techniques should emphasise the psychological and behavioural aspects of the habit and not the biological aspects.
His conclusion is that “The craving effect is produced by psychological cues rather than by the physiological effects of nicotine deprivation.” Medical research has found that Nicotine only remains in the blood stream for approximately one hundred hours, yet most people who stop smoking cold turkey find that the craving persists for weeks or months afterwards. The reason that this occurs is that a habit circuit has been installed in the subconscious mind, and until this habit has been addressed an individual will experience cravings, due to this hidden influence.The most startling discovery is that cravings disappear completely when the source of the habit is identified and nullified. The author had earlier reached the same conclusions as Dr. Dar based upon his own observations, and so proceeded to develop techniques effective in eliminating the compulsion to smoke. Compulsion stems from unidentified impulses, the origins of which reside in past decisions and experiences unwittingly retained in the subconscious mind, memories that are only slightly below an individual’s awareness. The techniques herein are designed to gradually reveal those thoughts, allowing analytical evaluation and subsequent nullification of their controlling influence.
The key to these procedures is the discovery that all unwanted habits are the result of one’s own decisions made earlier in life to handle a specific problem. The problem might not still exist in the present, but the now-unwanted solution may persist. Past decisions, unidentified and unacknowledged, can exert undue influences upon one’s current existence. This book is based upon similar principles to those outlined in Dr. Dar’s research. It is by identifying the “cues” (triggers to craving) mentioned by Dr. Dar that enables one to neutralise these subtle controlling factors. The aim of the book is to free an individual from enslavement to the smoking habit and to attain the power of choice over whether to stop completely or to smoke simply for pleasure and relaxation. Quit or enjoy, you will be free to decide – but with no compulsion either way. Whichever you decide, the “addiction” will be gone forever.
- Mitch Morgan, November 2012
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