Why is it so hard to quit smoking?

Blog Post created by jonescarp.aka.dale.Jan_2007 on Feb 2, 2014

Have you heard of the pleasure receptors in our brains? They are little column shaped boogers that signal a release of dopamine, the feel good drug our body makes. When we smoke it takes about 5 seconds for the nicotine to go from our lungs through our blood to our brains where they reside.

Nicotine gloms onto them and turns them into "nicotine only" receptors.
That means they signal a dopamine release when they get nicotine and not much else.

People who never smoked have never sensitized their pleasure receptors to nicotine.
When we quit smoking, it takes some time for them to stop screaming.

This is probably one of the greatest reasons people keep going back..
They are not getting their dopamine release and it makes them unhappy.
The primitive part of us seeks pleasure over discomfort every time
Thankfully, these receptors die off and are replaced by new ones over time. These new ones have never known nicotine and never will unless you choose to introduce it to them.

The key word here is time.
Our brain keeps telling us it is unhappy and our memories keep telling us smoking made us feel better.

Add to that the habit part of smoking and it becomes even more of a task.
If we smoked a pack a day, we have reinforced our physical need for nicotine with a repetition of motion that has consumed every waking hour to the tune of 7300 times a year.

Smoking has become our life.

The secret to breaking this repetition is unlearning it by replacing it with something else.
This means doing something else instead of smoking until smoking is not our go to.

We are here to help you understand that this can be done. We are your proof.
We are here promising that it does get better. We are here saying you can be free.
We are here to lead you through but, it takes time.

You have to be willing to be uncomfortable. You have to be willing to change.
Most of all, you have to be willing to accept that this takes time.

The good news is it can be done. The good news is our experience is your road map.
Our victories can be your victories.

So, are you willing to give it the time it takes to unlearn something that has taken over your life?