posted on Jan, 11 2010 @ 09:11 AM
In laymans terms:
Quitting any bad habit involves the brain cutting nerves and re-attaching them.
To start a new habit, or skill, the brain needs approximately 2 weeks.
That gives it sufficent time to cut nerve connections from the old habit and then create new connections for new habits/skills.
Occassionally, the quitter starts a new habit (good or bad) after breaking the old.
I smoked for 10 years, quit for 4, smoked for about 2 and just quit again about a month ago. Although, I am finding I still crave nicotine, I just
don't get it through cigarettes. Or smoking anymore.
I had to fill the void of smoking with something more productive.
I guess will-power comes in to play here.
They say the craving lasts a lifetime.
I've talked to quitters and after 25+ years, they still get cravings.
My personal opinion?
Its the person. Not a drug, not a habit, not cold turkey.
The person has to make his/her mind up to quit.
Then take the necessary steps to do so...whatever they may be.
Smoking is a terrible habit. Personally speaking.