Posted By: QuitSmoking.com Staff | Nov 26 2014
Many people trying to stick with quitting smoking find that the symptoms they are experiencing are lasting longer than they expected - the urges, cravings, withdrawal symptoms, etc. What most of them don’t understand, is that these symptoms have changed. For the most part, the physical symptoms of actual nicotine and chemical withdrawal as a result of quitting smoking are over with after the first two weeks of your quit. Most are gone even sooner than that. But the psychological or emotional withdrawals are a different story. These can hit anytime, anywhere, and to many - they feel as strong and difficult as the original, physical withdrawals.
This article will help you understand the difference between these two types of withdrawals, and what you can do to help overcome them.
Joel Spitzer (who wrote the original article this is adapted from) explained it best when he compared withdrawals to a toothache. Physical withdrawals are like the physical pain associated with a cavity or rotten tooth - it is a real pain that must be treated or dealt with before it can get better. You cannot learn enough about it to solve the problem without treatment. In the case of the physical withdrawals for quitting nicotine, unfortunately, the treatment is waiting out the first two weeks of withdrawal symptoms and doing your best to distract yourself. Emotional withdrawals are like the cringing feeling you get when you hear a dentist’s drill or remember the pain of the toothache. It’s an emotional pain, and while it is still exceptionally uncomfortable, it is one that you can treat with knowledge and experience. The more you can learn about dealing with withdrawals and the more you can convince yourself that smoking is not the answer and will not make you feel better, the less these emotional withdrawals will affect you. It will take time, and they are as real as anything you will experience, but they are something you can fix.