How I Broke My Nicotine Addiction

December 26, 2014 Kira Lesley

New Year's is almost upon us. That means it's resolution time. This January 1st will mark four years since I've smoked a cigarette or consumed any other form of nicotine. Here's how I broke my nicotine addiction.

Nicotine Addiction and Recovery

I quit smoking cigarettes and broke my nicotine addiction using nicotine replacement therapy. Read the story of how I broke my addiction to nicotine.I started smoking when I quit drinking. I used it as a distraction and a social event. Smoking outside of meetings is very popular, as is taking smoke breaks at treatment centers. I started smoking because I was depressed, bored, and surrounded by smokers. I kept smoking because nicotine is highly addictive. In addition, nicotine stimulates pleasure centers in the brain. Smoking never gave me an overwhelming euphoria, but it did give me a nice little buzz at a time when I was despondent.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy Can Help Break Smoking Habits

For several months, I used nicotine lozenges and cut down my cigarette smoking to one a day. You must be careful when using nicotine replacement therapy that you don't end up taking in even more nicotine. Follow the product's instructions closely, or follow a doctor prescribed plan. Even though I was still taking in nicotine, using the lozenges helped me break the habits of smoking -- going outside on work breaks, having a cigarette after meal, smoking with coffee, etc. But eventually I realized I wanted to be free of nicotine altogether.

On New Year's Day of 2011, I realized I had a jump start on my mission to quit cigarettes and break my nicotine addiction altogether. I had stayed out late the night before, woken up late, and had not consumed nicotine in 16 hours. I seized this opportunity as a jumping off point for giving up all nicotine. It was very important to me to keep track of a health benefits of quitting smoking timeline. In addition, every time I wanted to have a cigarette I "played the tape through" in my head. I knew a cigarette would only leave me feeling defeated and not grant the relief I sought. Have you quit before? What worked? What didn't?

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Lesley, K. (2014, December 26). How I Broke My Nicotine Addiction, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 22 from

Author: Kira Lesley

June, 30 2015 at 2:26 pm

I've had a very difficult time quitting smoking due to anxiety.
I get nervous and bored and feel like I need a smoke just to calm down. I know this isn't true because nicotine is a stimulant. I'm working on my anxiety level to bring myself back to normal. Is there anyone else who deals with this?

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Kira Lesley
July, 19 2015 at 4:07 pm

Hi Carol, thank you for your comment. I definitely struggle with anxiety too. One of the things I did for this when I was quitting smoking was I cut myself more slack in areas of my life. For example, I was taking college courses and I didn't work quite as hard that term on classes as I normally do. I was also crabbier and ate more junk food (not that I recommend that necessarily, it all depends on your situation). I would also recommend checking out the anxiety forums on, there's a lot of good discussion happening over there. Thanks again!

Todd @ Addiction Solutions
January, 5 2015 at 12:01 am

That's a wonderful recovery. Release yourself from addiction is the best thing one can achieve. I'm glad you were able to do it. Kudos

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