How to Remove the Psychological Addiction
to Smoking - and Start To ENJOY Giving Up Smoking!
by: Sean O Riain
Already since 1972, over 60million people in the USA
alone have successfully quit smoking!
At one stage over 60% of the adult population was addicted
to this drug. Today it is 28% and dropping........
Now, isn't this a fair thought......
If all these people can do it (60 MILLION OF THEM!) -
and they include EVERY TYPE of person imaginable - surely
that is PROOF that IT IS POSSIBLE to successfully give
Here's another Fact......
We now know from the latest scientific research, that
although nicotine is one of the world's fastest acting
drugs --- the actual PHYSICAL withdrawal pangs when you
give up ARE SO MILD, YOU WILL HARDLY NOTICE THEM WHEN
YES, you have read that sentence right!
I know you will want to argue with me on this point,
but, first, let me first make the following points.......
The Desire to Smoke
Yes, when you stop smoking you will feel the desire AGAIN
and AGAIN to smoke.
We all know that feeling -- 'I must have a cigarette'.
But that desire in itself is not bad or painful.
It is just a feeling, a sensation we feel in our body.
However........this is where, for most of us our problems
If we start to fear that 'craving' or try to use 'Willpower'
to REPRESS it or FORCE it go away, -- "I wish this
feeling would go away" we WILL create pain and tension.
This is what as smokers we have all done in the past.
That 'feeling' of wanting to smoke then becomes painful,
annoying and terribly irritating.
Now this is the hard part to realize.......
The pain, the horror does not come from the desire to
smoke, but from HOW we deal with this desire, moment-by-moment
WHEN we stop.
Can I emphasize this:
You do not have to experience ANY pain or agony when
you stop. Yes, when you stop you WILL experience a ...........
Temporary feeling of loss
A feeling that you are being deprived of something
A feeling of emptiness
A feeling that you will never be able to enjoy yourself
A feeling that you must have a cigarette
These feelings, although very real in themselves are
not inherently bad or painful. What is important is how
you deal with these feelings when you stop.
The key part of giving up smoking naturally is learning
how to deal with these cravings when you stop.
Right now, you don't want to give up smoking because
you are TERRIFIED of how you will FEEL when you can't
Let's be honest.
You smoke now because you enjoy it.
Or -- to be more accurate: You smoke now because you
have conditioned yourself to enjoy it.
It is important that we are honest with ourselves here.
In fact, even the 'THOUGHT', the mere 'thought' of not
been able to smoke probably fills you with utter dread
But there is another undeniable fact: This 'pleasure'
is killing you.
Again we must be brutally honest here. Everyday, you
are systemically destroying your health.
This is the conflict all smokers face.
On the one hand, smoking is killing you and you desperately
want to stop.....
..And yet on the other hand, you don't really want to
stop because you believe you really enjoy it.
Yet, one other truth cannot be denied and this applies
to every smoker........
We are terrified of how we will F-E-E-L when we can't
smoke. We are convinced it will be unbearable and impossible.
Right now, the ONLY thing -- yes, THE ONLY THING stopping
you from giving up smoking is this fear of how YOU WILL
FEEL WHEN YOU STOP.
And yet this very fear is the actual key to giving up
Giving up smoking is really all about learning HOW to
deal with the cravings and feelings you WILL get when
When you learn how to do that - you will realize that
there is nothing to fear when you give up.
What is there to fear ?
When you get the craving to smoke, which you will, again
and again - - you will now take the OPPORTUNITY to 'change'
or 'transform' that craving so that it is actually enjoyable
or at least tolerable to experience.
You have decided to give up smoking. It's dinnertime.
You have finished a day's work.....
You finish your meal and ..... subconsciously, you reach
for a cigarette.
But then, of course you remember you no longer smoke.
Bang! At that moment, certain gut feelings will arise.
Feelings of regret........a feeling that you are missing
out on something important and then maybe..... terrible
feelings of emptiness.....
We all know how it feels.
But the real question is: How will you deal with this
feeling -- this craving to smoke?
Will you just suffer it, try to repress it and hope that
it will go away?
That is one option. The old willpower method.
Or will you give in to the feeling -- and start to smoke
again (promising to start again tomorrow)?
Or will you - - for the first time ever: - - follow our
instructions and actually ALLOW yourself to transform
the feeling/craving so that it is actually enjoyable or
at least pleasant or tolerable enough to experience.
You see, when you can do that, you will no longer be
AFRAID of these cravings when you stop smoking.
In fact, you will start to WELCOME them because they
will give you another opportunity to RESPOND and DEAL
with them in this NEW WAY.
This process is the essence of giving up smoking naturally
and finding it a pleasant and life-affirming experience.
Are you now beginning to see how these principles can
also apply to losing weight.
You see a beautiful cake. You want to eat it....when
BANG! -- You remember you are on a diet.
Now watch HOW YOU feel when this happens?
Couldn't we describe it as ....
'Feelings of regret........a feeling that you are missing
out on something important and then maybe..... terrible
feelings of emptiness.....
Isn't it essentially the same feeling as not being able
However, the real question is the same with smoking:
How will you DEAL with this feeling -- this craving to
Will you GIVE IN to it -- and eat the cake or will you
try and FORCE yourself not to eat it- and be miserable?
Why not consider our alternative?
Accept this feeling, this desire to eat. But, instead
of giving in to it, learn how to deal and respond to it
in a NEW way so that you don't MIND experiencing it?
Transform the craving so that it is actually enjoyable
or very pleasant to experience.
The Joy of Giving up Smoking?
Remember, when you stop - yes, you WILL feel something
but there will be no physical agony, only a temporary
feeling that you are MISSING OUT on something.
A feeling that you are being deprived of something SPECIAL
--- but these feelings will ONLY be temporary.
However, to quit smoking successfully and to start to
enjoy doing it we must go deeper than these temporary
We must realize that :
You find it difficult or impossible to stop smoking now
because......... you BELIEVE ABSOLUTELY that you NEED
to smoke and even deeper, you BELIEVE that if you give
up smoking now, your life will never be as ENJOYABLE again.
In one sentence: You believe your life will be intolerable.
It is these beliefs that makes giving up smoking difficult
NOT Nicotine addiction.
Right now, you are not only physically addicted to smoking
but you are psychologically dependent or addicted to smoking.
If your addiction were purely physical wouldn't all these
nicotine patches have a 100% success record ?
Yet, we all know that even if we use a nicotine substitute,
we will still continue to feel a terrible desire to smoke.
Again and again, we'll feel we must have a cigarette.
At times, it will even get to the stage where we just
don't care - even the most dire health warnings will have
no affect on us - we just WANT to smoke.
Where does this desire come from ?
It comes from our conditioning, our beliefs about smoking.
This moment, we believe that smoking is an essential
In fact, most of us have a terrible resistance to EVEN
thinking about giving up smoking.
Because we believe that in order to do anything about
our addiction, i.e. give up smoking -- we would have to
end our pleasure and ending pleasure is something we have
NO DESIRE to do.
YOUR REAL JOB
Your real job in giving up smoking lies in REALLY UNDERSTANDING
that you don't NEED to smoke.
You remove the psychological addiction to smoking.
You will never be truly free until you realize that smoking
is not a real pleasure and that when you stop, you WILL
NOT BE depriving ourselves of a real pleasure....... ......and
then you will not only be able to give up smoking for
good but you will enjoy doing it!
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About The Author
Sean O 'Riain is also the author of the Bliss of meditation.