I do not know why it took me so long to figure it out. I am not addicted to Nicotine. I am addicted to Coca Cola. Originally it was regular Coke, but then through all the confusion of New Coke, and Coke Classic (anyone else remember that) I switched to Cherry Coke. I have been on Coke longer than nicotine. Lately its been 3 or 4 bottles a day.
Now in order to kick the habit, I have had to avoid places that I used to buy it, so it just so happens I am not buying nicotine either. But Boy oh Boy, some of these urges for coke are extreme. I drink juice, water, or yes, sometimes a beer to try to push that urge away. But I will not drink another drop! Remember NOSE (Not One Sip Ever).
So I feel the urge, the rush, the desire. My brain identifies it as a response to lacking something it used to get. I have been telling my brain it is nicotine. But if I tell my brain it is Coke, well........ do you see where I am going? How will the brain know?