Alternative Methods to Quit Smoking

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Is the desire to continue to smoke so strong, you feel little hope you will ever be able to quit? You can’t imagine a time that you will be free from those overwhelming urges. Although many have tried different types of nicotine replacement therapy, like electronic cigarettesand nicotine patches,there is limited data supporting high success rates.

 

Deciding on a quit day and going cold turkey (without any smoking cessation aids)can be extremely stressful and not the most effective strategy for a smoke free future.You may want to consider alternative methods that perhaps can help you break free from your addiction once and for all. Here are a few approaches to keep in mind:

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese therapy that uses very thin needle points toenhance certain brain activities. With regard to smoking, the belief is that this stimulation reduces the desire to smoke. It might sound unpleasant,but acupuncture doesn’t cause any pain. Acupuncture may helpsmokers either lower the number of times they smoke or quit smoking altogether. Acupuncture can make it less satisfying to smoke, which makes quitting smoking easier because the smoker won’t feel enjoyment.

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy, also known as low laser therapy, directs very tiny lasers on areas of the body. It’s like acupuncture because it works through small punctures in the skin. Similar to acupuncture, people who use laser therapy don’t feel pain. Though it can be done alone, it’s often used together with acupuncture.

Hypnosis

Hypnosisis a safe and medication-freeway to quit smoking. It can also be used for other types of substance abuse problems. A hypnotist can lead a smoker into a relaxed trance state and give instructions, also known as suggestions, to the inner mind of the patient. These instructions can cause the client to strongly dislike smoking or forget the habit completely. There is strong data to support the success rates of using hypnosis to quit smoking and remain nicotine free.  The reason is that it deals with addiction along with the habit and triggers that reinforce smoking.

St. John’s Wort

St. John’s Wort has been used as a natural treatment for depression for quite some time, but St. John’s Wort is also good for quitting smoking.St. John’s Wort is a natural herb that can lower tobacco cravings and withdrawal symptoms in the early stages of quitting smoking. This is great for smokers who find it really hard in the first few weeks of quitting, the time when withdrawal symptoms are the worst. This natural herb can get you over the hump of withdrawals. St. John’s Wort also allows smokers to quit smoking withminimal side effects.

Finding What Fits

Although finding what works for you can be tough, quitting smoking may be one of the best things you can do for your body and mind. Smoking can cause many health problems and can even lead to lung cancer—not to mention the costs of the tobacco itself! Maybe the key to quitting smoking is to keep trying, even if you fail, and see what works for you. Keep trying new methods, and don’t give up! The only time you fail is when you stop trying to succeed. Your quality of life and feeling of pure joy when you reach your goal are well worth the effort.

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