Withdrawal symptoms associated with nicotine addiction include cravings, altered mental states, and an increase in weight.
The Withdrawal Symptoms of Nicotine Addiction
The body craves nicotine when its level in the bloodstream falls below a certain level. The desire for this highly addictive substance found in cigarettes may also arise when you’re in the company of smokers or at places that you associate with good times and cigarette smoking.
Nicotine cravings are a very stubborn feeling to shake off; they persist even after the addict has overcome the withdrawal symptoms. It is a good idea to have a ready plan for the steps to take when the craving for a puff arises.
As the levels of nicotine in the body fall, the withdrawal symptoms manifest in the form of anger, irritable demeanour, restlessness, and listlessness. These are common emotional responses when you try to kick the smoking habit. The first week after quitting is the most difficult period to negotiate because this is when the negative emotions are most strongly experienced. They tend to wear off by the end of the fourth week. Exercise, yoga, and nicotine replacement therapies help negotiate this period. Anxiety and depressive behavior may be present for a short period or may persist, if the condition lingers then it is advisable to visit a psychotherapist, who may prescribe medication. Subjects usually get over anxiety in a fortnight after stopping nicotine intake and depression is overcome in around a month.
Weight gain is another side effect. For many smokers, this is not really a negative effect. When people give up smoking, their sense of taste and smell improves and their diet increases. More importantly, the body’s metabolism is no longer as active as before, which means that fewer calories are burnt. Weight gain follows.
People who stop smoking can gain as much as up to ten pounds within half a year of stopping nicotine intake. Exercise and eating healthy food can help regulate or control weight gain.
Nicotine is a highly addictive drug that affects the mind. It is a psychoactive substance, even caffeine is. But nicotine is as addictive as cocaine. Be they cigars or cigarettes, they are all equally addictive. Most people have a difficult time trying to give up smoking on their own. You can always ask for assistance and information at local and federal agencies that have been created especially to help smokers.
Treatment Now can help you understand how to best treat your nicotine addiction. We can help you select the appropriate de-addiction center for your needs so that you can quit smoking once and for all.
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