The Law of Addiction: Quitting's Only Rule
According to the World Health Organization, if current smoking patterns persist, more than one billion smokers will smoke themselves to death prior to the end of this century. Sadly, most knew how to quit smoking. The lesson they failed to master was how to stay quit. It is called the "Law of Addiction" and not self-discovering or being taught this law is a horrible reason to die.
The Law of Addiction states, "Administration of a drug to an addict will cause re-establishment of chemical dependence upon the addictive substance."
Mastering it requires acceptance of three fundamental principles: (1) dependency upon smoking nicotine is a true chemical addiction, captivating the same brain dopamine reward pathways as alcoholism, cocaine or heroin addiction; (2) once established, you cannot cure or kill an addiction but only arrest it; and (3) once arrested, regardless of how long you have remained nicotine free, just one powerful puff of nicotine will all but guarantee full and complete relapse.
Nicotine's half-life in human blood-serum is roughly two hours. Upon quitting, it takes a maximum of 72 hours for 100% of nicotine to be out of the body and achieve peak withdrawal. It is here that most quitters begin noticing a gradual easing off of the underlying current of anxieties, irritability and anger. It is here that many feel a sense of accomplishment and make the fatal mistake of "rewarding" themselves with just one puff, a puff from a cigarette that guarantees total destruction of their healing, hard work and accomplishment.
WhyQuit is the Internet's most popular quitting site devoted exclusively to teaching the art, science and psychology of cold turkey nicotine dependency recovery. Contrary to the marketing hype of those selling a vast and growing array of quitting products, cold turkey quitting annually produces nearly 90% of the world's successful long-term ex-smokers. WhyQuit restates the "Law of Addiction" using four simple words. Just one day at a time, "Never Take Another Puff!"
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- WhyQuit.com - WhyQuit is the Internet's oldest forum devoted to the art, science and psychology of cold turkey quitting, the stop smoking method used by the vast majority of all successful long-term ex-smokers.
- Nicotine Addiction 101 - WhyQuit's basic guide to understanding nicotine dependency.
- Nicotine Cessation Topic Index - An alphabetical subject matter index to more than a thousand nicotine cessation articles, videos and support group discussions.
- Joel's Library - Joel Spitzer began presenting stop smoking clinics and seminars in 1976. WhyQuit's education director since 2000, Joel's Library is home to his life's work. It includes Joel's "Daily Quitting Lesson Guide," more than 100 original stop smoking articles, his free ebook "Never Take Another Puff," and to his ever growing collection of more than 400 stop smoking videos.
- "Freedom from Nicotine - The Journey Home" - Written by John R. Polito, a former 30-year heavy smoker and WhyQuit's 1999 founder, Freedom from Nicotine shares the science underlying nicotine dependency and successful abrupt nicotine cessation.
- Turkeyville - Imagine surrounding yourself with more than 10,000 cold turkey quitters. Turkeyville is a Facebook support group exclusively for cold turkey quitters.
- Freedom - Freedom was WhyQuit's original 1999 stop smoking support group. No longer accepting members, its 453,000 archived posts continue to share recovery insights.