About 30% of the population smokes tobacco, the most common addiction and one of the leading causes of unnatural death. Because no matter how beautiful the woman in the tobacco shop is, burning tar and swallowing the toxic fumes it gives off is unnatural.
Around 8 million people die worldwide each year from a legal substance that leads to addiction and a host of deadly diseases. If you smoke, you are probably familiar with the nasty pictures of tobacco packets; and yes, it can happen to you someday if you don’t quit smoking as soon as possible.
Of all the possible remedies that are being promoted for quitting smoking, the one that has been shown to be the most scientifically effective is psychotherapy. (Everything else works just for the good of the placebo, i.e. by sheer luck).
8 reasons you’re interested in starting therapy (ASAP) to overcome your tobacco addiction
In this article I will tell you why psychotherapy is the best option for you to overcome your nicotine addiction. At the end of the article, I explain a really good way to start.
1. You will have someone to walk you through the process (and who knows what they are doing)
The Internet is a wonder that has allowed us to share a lot of knowledge and ideas for free all over the planet. Now, in addition to the kitten videos, there are also a lot of rumors, false information and scams.
The main benefit of hiring a psychologist to help you quit smoking is that you can provide solutions adapted to your particular case (Yes, even if your brother-in-law also smokes, don’t smoke the same way, so it won’t serve you the same solution for both of you). An expert on your problem, who has helped many others with difficulties very similar to yours, and who already knows which approaches work best for each case. A lot of sane people would say this is priceless.
2. You will know in depth the origins of your addiction
It doesn’t matter how many motivational phrases you repeat or how many speeches and lectures you swallow: if you do not understand how addictions work and how yours was forged, it is very difficult for you to get out of it. Because? Well, because surely you will keep making the same mistakes from the past over and over again. And these mistakes will lead you to the same result: keep smoking. The best part is that a specialized psychologist will ask you questions and help you understand which things are important and which are not.
Most people are surprised that by the end of the first session they already see their problem in a completely different way. So much so that they often rush to tell loved ones what they learned in their first session and how good they already feel.
3. You will get along better with your neuras
Many smokers report that what they find most difficult is to stop thinking about tobacco and their desire to smoke at certain times of the day.. So hard that this worry and urge to light up a cigarette doesn’t let them sleep well, doesn’t let them concentrate well when working or studying, and their struggle with tobacco (and what that means in their lives) eclipses everything else.
4. You will learn (tested) techniques to get rid of smoking anxiety.
If you choose a specialized psychologist, after explaining your case, they can advise you on the best course of action in your situation, as well as the best steps to reach your destination. He’s not going to tell you what happened to him that morning when he got out of bed, but that has proven in many therapy cases (and with scientific evidence) what works and it really helps people to smoke less or even quit completely in no time.
5. You will feel less guilty and more confident. Nobody, absolutely nobody smokes because they want to.
People smoke because they don’t know how to stop smoking. And that arouses all kinds of unpleasant emotions, like guilt, shame, frustration, a feeling of failure … A psychologist will help you overcome these emotions and change the way you look at things and how you feel.
You will also start to feel breakthroughs (less urge to smoke, fewer cigarettes smoked) and you will feel a lot more confident, seeing that a change is possible.
6. They will teach you strategies to avoid relapses in the future.
As I often explain, the main reason so many people fail in their attempts to quit smoking is to skip this phase of knowing yourself and later preparing for an effective relapse prevention strategy.
because, sooner or later everyone goes through more difficult times, a vital crisis, an argument with the couple, A social event in which many people smoke and the chances of relapse will multiply.
The psychologist will help you develop different strategies to prevent yourself from smoking again after you quit. So that the “last cigarette” is really the last.
7. You can help others around you to quit smoking
When you get the first changes (or even quit completely), the rest for smokers around you will start to feel curious, And they’ll be much more likely to ask for help, just like you.
The best you can do is share your progress with others, so that they are encouraged and convinced that it is possible for them too, if they put themselves in the hands of a professional.
8. You will quit smoking permanently (forever)
Obtain the coveted victory against tobacco and the tobacco industry. Find your life, your freedom and feel more vital than ever.
What is the first step to quitting smoking?
I suggest an exercise. It’s so simple, so simple, it’s super effective.
Take a sheet of paper and take a few minutes to write down the reasons why you want to quit. It may seem obvious, but this simple gesture will help you clarify your goals and set goals for yourself. This is definitely the best way to start your path to a smoke free life.
The second step is to contact a professional, And make an appointment. I am an addiction psychologist and have spent years helping hundreds of people quit smoking. Contact me and I will tell you how.