I am a nicotine addict

I am a nicotine addict. I have given up smoking several times but I always take it up again during a period of stress. I know it is no good for me so how do I get the will power to give it up for good‘ You need to learn new ways to cope with stress. You use nicotine...

He hates me smoking

My husband hates me smoking. He says it‘s unhealthy and thinks smokers are fools. I don‘t think he is being fair. I smoked before we married and I only ever smoke outside. I don‘t want to give it up just yet as it relaxes me. How do I get him off my case? He...

Giving up cigarettes

What is the most effective way to give up an addiction like smoking? There is a technique that some psychologists and doctors use called motivational interviewing. Research has shown this technique to be as effective as hypnosis. The psychologist or doctor helps the...

Is addiction an emotional crutch?

I have a close friend who uses cigarettes and alcohol to wind down at night. She doesn’t partake during the day, eats well, exercises and has a great job. Her sister told me she uses her habits as an emotional crutch instead of dealing with issues in her life....

How to cope with an addict

In the film “Traffic,” the judge (Michael Douglas) has a daughter, Caroline (Erika Christensen), who is a drug addict. When Caroline is busted, she is asked about her circumstances by a policewoman. Caroline explains that she has caring parents, attends a good school,...
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