Smoking has things that are bad, and other things as well, so you have to choose what you believe about it. Overall its a very unhealthy thing, but
can help with depression. I know someone who was seriously depressed, and refused to go for any modern drugs, with their side affects, but his
depression was causing him to do nothing, everything was meaningless to him, and for almost 2 months he just sat. Then I convinced him to use the
winter light and I told him what quitting smoking had done to me, and that I had to use nicotine substitute, ie the puffer, which they're phasing out
here and as they don't allow the electric smoke in canada, will get their menthal spray. And that is a very real choice. I will not go into the
place I was at, my kids need me to be as happy as I can be in stressful situations.
Anyway he started using 1 cartridge a day, of the puffer, got himself a puffer, and is doing OK, and the winterlight, full spectrum light, and started
lifting out of the depression. He said he'd rather be addicted to a small amount of nicotine, no smoke, no carcinogens, no additives, just nicotine,
than take risky big pharma meds.
Nicotine fires off all your feel good brain chemicals. Thats why its like herionne addiction.
When you quit, which I could never do cold turkey, if you're single and can be in any kind of mood, without kids around who need you strong and
happy, then maybe you can torture yourself. Maybe you're not really strongly addicted even, some arent.
But I used the patch. Didn't waste money on step 2 or 3, and couldn't take the whole patch anyway, would have shooting pains in my neck. So I cut it
down to 2/3rds, and used the puffer when I needed it.
Then after going through some problems adjusting, in a few weeks, slowly, every week, cut it down evenly a bit more. Stay on half a patch, ie ,like
step 2 for a few months, then slowly cut it down again, to 1/4 and stay for 2 more months, or just work your way off it, and just use the puffer.
But if you have severe anxiety, depression, can't breathe, crying alot, and you can't function in your life its DOPAMINE. And that has messed with
the production of your feel good chemicals. Apparently I read somewhere about 1/2 smokers have this, and that 1/2 half has a really hard time
The solution is to use the puffer, or any other form, once in a while. Its not something you enjoy alot like smokes so you dont increase them. Who
cares if you need that once a day or twice a week, for life?
And if an emergency happens, the SHTF, its not a big enough addiction to cause unending stress if you have to quit suddenly, its like smoking 2-3
smokes a day. BUT you may need to find something like sungazing, excercise works a bit, and other ways to get your chemicals going, and lift out of
This is just a warning about the dopamine. And suggestions for mercies sake. How to be good to yourself when you quit.
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