Quit Smoking Long Term Health Goals
Just as there is a lot of money to be made through the sale of cigarettes there is also a lot of money to be made from the sale of products such as nicotine patches, pills and gum to help people to quit smoking.
For this reason there have been many scientific studies that have shown the benefits of such products but similar amounts of money haven’t been spent on research to prove the effectiveness of alternative methods such as acupuncture, aromatherapy, hypnosis and various herbal remedies.
There have however been a lot of surveys done that can show success rates that people have had using these methods.
While none of these methods can make you quit they can help you to quit.
Even hypnosis which is widely regarded as one of the best of the alternative methods of smoking cessation can’t make you quit. It can help you IF you have decided that you want to quit.
Hypnosis can help where there are issues of willpower that have been stopping a person from quitting but unfortunately there is still the problem of the addictive nature of smoking that needs to be addressed.
Acupuncture is another method that has helped a lot of people quit smoking and it does so by helping to release endorphins that counter the negative effects that withdrawal has on a person. Acupuncture is usually used in combination with other methods of quitting smoking and most of these ‘alternative’ methods are best when used as an added support for other methods such as pills, patches and gums.
There are various herbal remedies that have proven to be effective however it is often difficult to be assured of the quality and/or potency of herbal products and as such difficult to make recommendations.
Aromatherapy, Meditation, Imagery – These are other forms of help for the person seeking to stop smoking but more often than not they are only effective when used in combination with other mainstream products.
One of the problems that many people encounter after they quit smoking is the fact that they believe they will never smoke again and this feeling gives them the security to feel comfortable to have the occasional puff.
It comes as quite a surprise to find that even after a very long time there are receptors in the brain that are only too willing to react to the nicotine like it was yesterday and for many people this can result in a relapse to their previous habit all too soon.
It is simply not worth the risk to let this happen again after all you went through to get off the habit in the first place.
You will be risking all the repair work to your health and within minutes of taking that puff you could be headed back to the addiction of the previous habit.
Smoking habits all start with one puff and that’s how it all started for you in the first place.
It will happen more easily the second time because the receptors are there and they are always ready to invite back the nicotine.
There is no reason to prove to yourself or anyone else that you can have a smoke and not fall back into your old ways. You should remember the addictive power of nicotine and the fact that no one is safe to ‘test’ it without setting themselves up for disaster.
Consider yourself lucky to have managed to quit when so many are trying everyday to do the same. Your health will have been improving from the minute you quit and will continue to do so. For many people their long term health outlook will be as good as they would have expected had they never smoked at all.
Rather than having another test to prove something you will be better working at goals to improve your overall health on a daily basis with good lifestyle choices, good nutrition and sufficient exercise to maintain that good health into old age.