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Re: nicotine addiction affecting personality

Posted by Dee on October 23, 1999, at 22:29:22

In reply to Re: nicotine addiction affecting personality, posted by Noa on October 20, 1999, at 20:20:20

What you are describing is very typical abstinence symptoms. I've gone through all these feelings as I have quit street drugs, and I also quit smoking some three years ago.

Thing with a habit forming substance is that it feels so much like a part of one, to a point where one looses the concept of the chemical and one self being separate, the need for it is no longer conscious. In the deep addiction I felt I needed the drugs like I need food, water, or ait to breathe.
After I dropped the habit, I felt that somehow I was not complete, that there was something very essential to my personality that I would lose without the substance.

All these feelings are feelings only, they are not based on reality. It took me some time, close to a year, I think, before I could feel 'complete' again. Both after the drugs and smoking. These feelings will pass.

I used to think that as soon as the immediate physical withdrawal eased, the detoxification would be over. I've learned that it is a long time process, in which not only the body, but the mind as well must recover.


PS.. hey, Noa. Thanx for the note up around 'babble adiction'. Reading it saved a very, very bad day.




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