Smoking becomes not only a physical addiction but also a psychological addiction and a habit. Smoking is often associated with ritual, for example, the morning ritual of a coffee and a cigarette, the after dinner drink and cigarette – these behaviours can be some of the hardest to break and combined with nicotine cravings can be the downfall of those hoping to quit smoking. Monkeys who have become addicted to smoking even when given nicotine replacement, still exhibit difficulties giving up the habit of smoking as it becomes entrenched in their behaviour.
Smokers need to beat not only their nicotine addiction, and not only conquer their mental addiction, they need to overcome their self programmed behavioral patterns
Stopping smoking often involves several methods to help quit smoking with behaviour therapy often used in combination with other methods such as nicotine replacement therapy.
There are many different programs that have been designed to help quitting smokers with behaviour modification or behaviour therapy. Seeking help from a professional doctor, therapist or counsellor can often help tailor an individual program for those who have extreme difficulty in quitting smoking.
For some it is helps to replace the ritual of smoking with another ritual – a morning walk or jog, take up yoga or meditation or learn a new hobby or craft. Exercise is often used to help deal with the behavioural changes needed when quitting smoking and can often help deal with stress and cravings and can become part of a new healthy lifestyle.