Many alcoholics and drug addicts also have a nicotine addiction and those who have managed to get sober may be clinging onto this vice. However, this is another addiction that really does need to be tackled head on. With smoking banned in public places throughout the UK, there really has never been a better time to give up cigarettes.
Here at Addiction Helper, we understand that it may be difficult to let go of what may be a lifelong habit, especially in the early days of sobriety, but once you are stronger in your sobriety, you really should consider your health and think about quitting smoking too. We are here to help in any way we can, so you do not have to tackle this alone.
Making the Decision
If you have already managed to quit drinking or taking drugs, then you know that you are perfectly capable of quitting cigarettes as well. Remember, it is quite common for people to try to quit smoking unsuccessfully, so just because you may have attempted to quit before and failed, this does not mean that you will not be able to do it now. You are in a much better position than you were before, and you have already achieved so much.
Giving up alcohol or drugs will make a huge difference to your overall health and wellbeing, but this will be counteracted by the damage that smoking is doing. You need to give yourself a fresh start and consider taking the time now to quit.
A lot of people in recovery continue to smoke as it gives them something to rely on when they are no longer drinking or taking drugs. Nevertheless, there are many reasons you should consider quitting now. These can include:
- reducing your chances of developing certain illnesses such as heart disease and cancer
- suffering from fewer coughs and finding that it becomes easier to catch your breath
- the appearance of your skin and teeth will improve
- not having to worry about stained fingernails
- finding that food tastes better
- your hair and clothing not smelling of cigarette smoke
- saving money
- not having to worry about finding places where you can smoke
- your sense of smell improving
- feeling better and having more energy.
How Quitting Will Affect Your Body
While there is no excuse to start smoking these days, especially with all the information about the dangers and the effect it can have, you may have developed this habit years ago when people were not really aware of how bad smoking was.
Despite the fact that you know how bad smoking is for your health, you may have found it tough to quit. You will probably already be aware of the health benefits of quitting, but did you know that no matter how old you are or how long you have been smoking, quitting will automatically reduce your risk of a number of health problems?
- As soon as you quit smoking, you will instantly be benefitting from the fact that your body will no longer be exposed to thousands of harmful chemicals and toxins. Within a few minutes of quitting, your heart rate will slow down in line with normal levels and, in just one day, the level of carbon monoxide in your blood will drop to a normal
- Once you have been free from cigarettes for three months, your lung function and circulation will be improving, and after nine months, you will find that you are coughing less and less and that your breathing is much easier.
- The risk of heart disease reduces by a half within a year. Five years after quitting, you will have a 50 per cent less chance of developing cancers such as throat, mouth, oesophagus and bladder. You will have the same risk of developing cervical cancer or having a stroke as those who have never smoked.
- Those who have been off cigarettes for ten years have their risk of getting lung cancer cut in half while after fifteen years, their risk of developing heart disease returns to pre-smoking levels.
Making a Plan
Whereas it is better to go cold turkey when it comes to quitting alcohol and drugs, it might be a good idea to put a plan in place when quitting cigarettes. The first thing to do is to take a look at your smoking habits and prepare to change your way of thinking.
Do some research on the tools available for those who want to quit. Contact us here at Addiction Helper for information and advice on methods and techniques that are useful for those who want to quit smoking.
Examining Your Habit
Smoking is something that many people do without even thinking. Many smokers will reach for their cigarettes as soon as they open their eyes in the morning while others automatically have a cigarette every time they have a cup of tea or after a meal. It is important to become aware of your habits so that you can start to change them.
To do this, you should write down your smoking habits for a couple of weeks. Every time you have a cigarette, write it down, including what the time was, where you were, and what you were doing before and after. By doing this, you may be able to pinpoint what triggers your need to smoke.
Changing Your Habit
You have the ability to quit smoking; you have already proved that you can quit one deadly habit. If you need some help or just some friendly advice to inspire you, contact us here at Addiction Helper. We can offer advice and support or can put you in touch with a professional from whom you can access help to quit. Call today for more information about smoking addiction.