If you are thinking about quitting smoking, than I highly recommend that you read through this timeline. We worked really hard on it and we think it does a great job of getting people excited to quit and ready to take on the challenge. It's not as bad as you think, I promise you that. So give it a read, see what you think.
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Nicotine addiction truly is an addiction, and shouldn’t be pushed to the side as simply a ‘habit’ that only requires willpower to overcome. In fact, scientists find that nicotine addiction and withdrawal is on par with or above addictions to cocaine and heroin. These substances may cause a more intense high than nicotine, but the addiction itself - how the body becomes dependent upon it - is equally as strong. Because of the incredibly complex physical and mental addiction to nicotine, trying to break free of the dependency creates a series of withdrawal symptoms that range from mild to severe. These withdrawal symptoms are so severe that even people who know the health consequences of smoking can’t seem to push through the symptoms of withdrawal no matter how much they truly want to quit.
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The Acute Phase: Week One
Many of the symptoms that manifest in week one continue throughout the entire withdrawal process, and can even linger after withdrawal is over. That is the nature of addiction. However, the first week is generally the hardest for smokers to make it through, as the body is normalizing after constant nicotine exposure.