Addicted to smoking... need help!!

I'm addicted to smoking and because of that, I have many health problems. I really want to quit but I'm not able to. I have tried 3 times and all were unsuccessful. My smoking habit has caused damages to my face. There are wrinkles on my face and everyone is asking whether I'm 35 years old or not, which is really irritating me. I thought of getting botox treatment from a cosmetic dermatology centre in Richmond Hill but one of my friends said if I need to undergo the procedure then I should quit my smoking completely. Or else there won't be any use of doing the procedure. Can anyone help me? My mom says to go to some rehabilitation centre. She says some of her friend's daughters have been to such places and they have completely stopped smoking. What should I do?

Chantix works great for some people. Worth a try.

And this quote from a book on meditation:

"Meditation can help with addiction in several significant ways. First, impulses to action, that is, to take the drink or smoke the cigarette, can be noticed without attachment. The compulsion to actually do them can be greatly lessened. They can be experienced as strong waves in the personality and body. From central calmness, they are viewed as powerful surges. When an impulse, be it addictive behavior or simply the impulse to scratch an itch, is attended to and witnessed, rather than instantly acted upon, it loses its grasping power. Yes, the impulse to smoke may be acute, but it's not overwhelming. You can watch it, marvel at its strength, but not get caught by it. And, like a big wave, it passes swiftly. In this way, impulsive behavior can be gradually weakened. Impulse can be decoupled from action, so that a desire does not automatically lead to acting on it.

But this still leaves the problem of what to do to feel better. Whether the addiction is primarily physically or emotionally based, it serves a function: it makes you feel temporarily less bad. The second way meditation can help with addiction is that meditation is itself a way of feeling better. Instead of reaching for a cigarette, sit down to meditate for a few minutes. At first you'll witness your discomfort and the impulse to smoke. But soon you'll feel the peace of meditation. Meditative satisfaction can be substituted for a wide range of addictive highs. True, you have substituted one habit for another. But the habit of being mindful is healthy, not harmful. And, as time goes by, it becomes a natural way of living that eliminates the need for feel-better behaviors, since it is fully rewarding in itself.

There's a third way meditation can help with addiction. By paying careful attention to the whole process that happens in mind and body when desire arises, the meditator can understand exactly what's going on. What is causing the desire? What need does the behavior temporarily fill? And what might be a more permanent and healthy way of getting that need met? For example, coffee may be discovered to be primarily a physical energy booster, and, secondarily, an emotional comfort. Changes in diet, exercise, sleep, and other physical factors may be realized to be a better, if more ambitious, solution to low energy than caffeine. And the emotional needs may be better met more directly. Or alcohol may be recognized to be at first a way to dull out loneliness, which has later led to a physical craving. More scheduled social activities, after a detoxification period, may prove a more satisfactory solution than the bottle.
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So meditation can help with addiction by decoupling impulse from action, by directly promoting better feeling, and by providing insight into the dynamics of the habit and possible ways of growing beyond it. Addiction is a particularly troublesome and persistent problem for many people. Meditation can greatly help in surmounting this difficulty."

(from this free book on Meditation:
http://www.spencershermanphd.com/id4.html

I'm not a smoker but I heard to vist a sauna for three days and it clears out toxins and stops cravings.

 

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