Possible Ways and Means to Help a Smoker Get Rid Of Cigarettes
Our ancestors may not have known all that we knew, but one thing is certain, they were not stupid. They early on realized that tobacco was highly addictive. Smokers have been ardently searching for practical ways and means to get rid of tobacco or cigarettes since the 16th century. The time when tobacco made its most recent appearance in Europe.
There are only three ways to get rid of cigarettes.
- Stopping cold turkey
- Cutting down gradually
- Having them kill you, committing knowing suicide by continuing to smoke.
These can be assisted by a variety of aids, methods, procedures etc
Some of which are:
- Tapering off by progressively using cigarettes lower in tar and nicotine content.
- Psychotherapy with behaviour modification techniques.
- Hypnosis. (This is commonly viewed as safe. It is the considered view of the author that it is a extremely dangerous. Nobody should ever under any circumstances permit themselves to be hypnotized.) Please contact the author for a deeper discussion...
- The oriental craft of acupuncture.
- Substitute drug therapy using a non-addictive alternative such as lobeline (Bantron).
- Nicotine replacement therapy using special chewing gum, patches, inhalants etc
(Nicorette, Nicoderm etc)
- Antidepressant drug therapy using such drugs as Wellbutrin (Zyban).
- A variety of herbal system therapies, aromatherapy and so on.
- "Aura trimming" or aura adjustment
- A variety of advertised secret methods, lectures, books and videos...
- Cigarette computers, dummy cigarettes, cinnamon sticks, toothpicks, worry-beads, Life Savers and other mints, charts and so forth and other aids designed to be used in conjunction with some of the above methods.
- The method that might help you to ultimately succeed.
- A variety of combinations of all the above.
This is not an exhaustive list but it covers most commonly encountered ways and means. Before deciding upon the best method to try it does need to be researched.
As a general rule of thumb the methods have to produce results in the first three tasks of the five listed below:
- Get rid of the invaders - Cigarettes - entirely from one's life.
- Take steps to secure against any future return to smoking.
- Erase the traces of having ever smoked cigarettes.
- Rebuild one's natural mental and emotional strengths.
- Return to living according to the original premise of one's reasons and purpose for existing.
The problem with many of these 'methods' is that is not the smoker doing
the "getting rid of the cigarettes". Using dangerous drugs and techniques to fight a dangerous drug runs the risk of continiuing a cycle of dependency.
Real success is for the smoker to help his or her self and regain some self respect in the process. The ideal method is one which calls for self development, wherein the smoker progressively gains control of his or her own life.
A Fourteenth Method Called: 'Getting to Grips with Your Life and Regaining Control'
This method calls for:
- Total honesty with oneself.
- Agreeing to be regular and constant over many years.
- Thinking for oneself and keeping one's sense of humor.
- Having the self discipline not only to apply onself and to overcome all kinds of obstacles both physical and and psychological but also to ask for help as and when needed.
- Doing an intensive research into smoking, specific to oneself and in general.
- Adding up the results and seeing where they point.
- Making clear and honest admissions concerning one's smoking.
- Making onself well motivated to get rid of cigarettes.
- Engaging in a period of preparation prior to stopping.
- Custom designing a plan of action.
- Agreeing to it and being adhesive to its various stages.
- Having the ability to follow instructions.
- Being a progress chaser to self, with good analysis and record keeping abilities.
- Developing the persistence to keep trying no matter what.
- Wrestling with the problems - cravings, depression, previous history etc - that will appear enroute, and not getting discouraged.
- The ability to nurture and develop a new life.
Would you care to try it?
It may look hard or even impossible at first, but the list decribes things that all and any human life is designed to do. And if approached one step at a time, the seemingly impossible is easily accomplished...
What to Put in Place of Cigarette Smoking?
For many, cigarettes, like a lost love, seem irreplaceable. Twenty-five
percent of all americans smoke cigarettes and the majority, the 75% who do not smoke seem to be very content and notice not their absence. It is a love affair that can be 'gotten over'.
Cigarettes are a strong stimulus, it is a matter of discovering other stimuli that can 'do it', probably not the same but nonetheless can hit the sweet spot in a life. The best thing is to experiment with anything 'safe' until something or some combination of things, is found that works. (The evidence is that there is and can be no such thing as a 'safe recreational drug' within the psychological framework that twenty-first western culture allows. So further drug use should definitely be ruled OUT.)((Note: twenty-first century man can barely handle alcohol, and is utterly hopeless when it comes to cigarettes...))
So what is 'safe', well, at the risk of being repetitious, we all probably already know. There are many satisfying things to do which will depend upon the paticipants assessment of the risks involved. They range from kyaking and mountain climbing to raising a family...From gardening and collecting things to playing chess and solving puzzles...From doing charitable work to programming computers...From making money (working not gambling) to practising or enjoying some form of art...From practising some form of religion to being a political activist and playing golf...Frome participating in historical re-enactments and writing novels to coaching a high school little league. And this is just the tip of the iceberg, the list is endless and there must be a spot where the new found health and wealth of the ex-smoker can find, this time round, REAL SATISFACTION.
No matter what anyone might either chose to do or wind up doing, everything points to the need for some kind of self development as part of the process of becoming self-accomplished. For example instead of smoking cigarettes one could try to detect, discover and fullfill the true meaning of human life as a vital part of all that was attempted...
Let it Pass.