I read recently that menthol cigarettes (which I smoked) are more addictive. I'm also left handed, & we lefties are right brain dominant which mean we respond more readily to intuition than logical thought. I calculate that gives me about a -10% chance of successfully quitting. (I hope that put a smile on a few of your faces.)
I read an article last night by clinical psychologist, Dr Oliver James (who is also struggling to manage the desire to smoke) concerning CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy). dailymail.co.uk/health/arti...
He was somewhat dismissive of its effectiveness as stand alone treatment. As Shantimar has told us in her experience with institutionalised people, when under pressure they will revert to instinctive actions in lieu of learned behavioural changes from therapy.
I had 4 sessions of CBT earlier this year for my depression. I could summarise it in a song "Don't worry, be happy". There are a million & one similar themes in songs over the ages. I'm sure if you all took 5 minutes you would come up with at least a dozen PMA (positive mental attitude) type songs. And they really DO have a therapeutic benefit to your conscious thoughts. Most of the time I find it easy to respond to the logical, cognitive cortex of my brain. It's only during periods of pressure or depression that the instinctive side takes over & reaches for those well worn pathways for relief.
Orrrright! It is becoming apparent that a permanent solution won't be found in a box/packet, nor in quirky feel good sayings nor any such quick fix. Changing those hard wired pathways is a loooong term project & won't happen overnight. The best I can do is "moment by moment, hour by hour, one day at a time". Gee, isn't that our quit smoking mantra? I have learnt that shutting the door on smoking & remaining steadfast & resolute works for a time, but managing levels of brain chemistry & developing alternative neural pathways for dealing with adversity are vital for permanent success in quitting