There are some beliefs that can make stopping smoking more difficult. It’s really common that someone who’s getting ready to stop smoking will be influenced by the stories of friends and acquaintances who struggled to stop smoking themselves. For example, someone who is heard from multiple sources that when someone stop smoking they become very irritable for several days or even weeks. I know that this is inaccurate, because as a hypnotherapist I’ve had many clients stop smoking and be in a good mood the days and weeks following the day that they stopped.
Someone who believes that nicotine is 10 times more addictive than heroine could well struggle unnecessarily during the process of kicking the habit. When my clients have brought up that idea during a hypnosis session with me I’ve been able to give them a simple piece of information that takes all the power out of the notion that nicotine is 10 times more addictive than smoking.
It was quite a revelation to me that the comparison of the addictiveness of nicotine and heroine was simply that a person using nicotine would begin to get cravings much more quickly than someone using heroin. So, if someone started craving nicotine after their second cigarette, since heroine is 10 times more addictive than nicotine, the heroin user might need to shoot up 20 times before getting any cravings.
The comparison of the addictiveness of nicotine and heroine have nothing to do with the relative difficulty of breaking free of the drug. And, that has come a quite a relief to many of my smoking cessation clients over the years.