What are the Symptoms of Nicotine Withdrawal?
Every smoker will agree that it is easy to think of quitting. Actually doing it, and sticking to it however, is a totally different story. The body goes through so many changes because it has to once again adjust to the sudden disappearance of nicotine in its system. This is a very uncomfortable feeling, and that is the reason why 85% of smokers who try to quit relapse within the first week. This is when the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal are at the peak.
Understanding Symptoms of Nicotine Withdrawal
Nicotine – the main physical reason why smoking is so addictive. Statistics show that 90% of these smokers experience difficulty quitting because of their addiction to nicotine. It would have been good if nicotine had positive effects on the body, but the thing is the daily consumption and exposure to this drug affects the different organs in the body specifically the brain. Over time, the brain and the body become so used to its daily exposure to nicotine, that it reacts once the drug disappears. This is when nicotine withdrawal begins. A lot of smokers are aware of these reactions, but since they don’t know what it is, they can’t find a solution to the problem. In fact, smokers who want to go cold turkey need to go through at least six attempts before successfully quitting. This is why hypnotherapy is so effective. It helps to reduce the physical symptoms and makes your will power like iron.
Symptoms of Nicotine Withdrawal and Treatment
The symptoms of nicotine withdrawal vary for each individual. The most common symptoms are: feelings of irritability, skin allergies, depression, difficulty sleeping, grouchiness, clouded thought, restlessness, weight gain, hunger, and slower heart rate. The symptoms peak during the first two days of quitting.
Different treatment methods are available to help smokers deal with the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. There are over-the-counter(OTC) nicotine replacement medications such as gums and skin patches, prescription nicotine replacement methods such as nasal sprays and inhalers, and therapeutic interventions such as hypnotherapy.
Hypnotherapy for Smoking
While it is true that nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products help smokers deal with the symptoms, it does not cure anything. People who have an emotional connection to smoking can’t be helped by NRT products. This is when hypnotherapy enters the picture.
Also known as guided hypnosis, the Quit Smoking Melbourne clinic helps a smoker achieve the goal of quitting by letting them enter into a trance-like state of concentration and focus. This state is similar to becoming engrossed in a music, movie, book, or thoughts that occur during quiet time and meditation. During this state, those who want to quit smoking using hypnotherapy can really tune in and dig deep in themselves to find resources that will help them regain control over specific aspects of their life which, in this case, is quitting smoking.
Our Melbourne Hypnotherapy Center is a quiet environment. The therapist helps the patient enter into a calm, focused state by asking them to think about positive situations or experiences that can help them change their behavior and thought processes. What sets hypnotherapy apart from the way it is portrayed in books and movies is that the patient is conscious and in full control of themselves. They can hear what the therapist asks them to do, but they have the power to decide on whether they want to follow or not.
There’s always a mental battle when it comes to quitting smoking. One has to be tough to commit to the goal even when the symptoms show up that’s why hypnotherapy is a highly recommended intervention for those who want to quit. It operates at a deeper level, and it does not substitute nicotine with anything.