“Larry” from Rolling Meadows came to me in February of 2014 seeking help to stop using the nicotine lozenges he had become dependent on after stopping smoking. Larry, an officer in the Marines was a fit man in his forties and had returned from a military deployment where he had started smoking.
He told me that he hated the idea that he was disciplined about his life in most ways, but had become “hooked” on this form of NRT, nicotine replacement therapy. He said he felt he had simply traded one addiction for another, which he found unacceptable. At this point in his life and his career he wanted to be in control and not “hand over control to tobacco companies or the pharmaceutical industry.”
Side Effects of NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy)
Larry was also troubled by the fact that his wife had noticed that he had become irritable and anxious since he started using the lozenges. He also reported insomnia and some nausea he related to the lozenges after doing some research on the side effects of NRT.
I told Larry that I offer a military discount to all veterans and military personnel.
Our Hypnotherapy for relaxation and nicotine cessation was successful. After two sessions Larry was given a hypnosis recording to listen to at night to reinforce the hypnotic suggestions he received at my office. He received post-hypnotic suggestions for healthy replacements for the unhealthy nicotine habit which included automatic diaphragmatic breathing and other healthy behaviors as well as training in self-hypnosis techniques which he continued to find helpful in other stressful situations.
When I emailed Larry to see how he was feeling regarding the NRT habit on the one year anniversary of his last appointment his reply was “Ooh rah!” Helping the veterans who serve our country so selflessly is truly a great honor.
If you’re struggling to quit smoking, you may be suffering from the following…
Nicotine Withdrawl Symptoms
The symptoms of nicotine withdrawal will depend on your level of addiction and they can begin within 30-45 minutes of your last cigarette.
Intense cravings for nicotine
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Fatigue, drowsiness & insomnia
- Difficulty concentrating
- Weight gain
- Depressed mood
- Increased hunger and caloric intake
- Increased desire for the taste of sweets
For more information on what happens when you quit smoking, click over to the Quit Smoking Timeline.