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I saw this comment by PuffNoMore, and I quote..
"I am wondering when an addict to smoking nicotine, becomes free? Is it true once an addict, always an addict?
Is there a time limit to reach to be a declared Free? "
Please understand, This is only my opinion, based on many years as a smoker, and now being able to look back, objectively..
Some do say, once a smoker, always a smoker, or once an addict etc. I firmly disagree with that in MOST cases. No doubt, some are more predisposed to alcoholism, or drug addiction, including nicotine, or even compulsive gambling. For those, yes, to stay free, they must practice staying away, or NOPE, because the addiction is always with them. But, most, I think, can break free of an addiction. Looking back, I now know I was addicted to smoking, and yes nicotine is a part of that. It's like some I have known, that drank beer all the time, and yet I would not call them alcoholics. They were addicted to drinking beer :) Like smoking, it is a habit, reinforced by a chemical, and in my own opinion, any habit that is allowed to alter, or run your life, is, by definition, an addiction. Once we open our mind to the truth of what we are doing, we can take control, and really break the addiction for good.
And, No, there is no time limit to being FREE.. You will simply know when there is no want, or need. I knew by the time I put out that last one, that I never wanted or needed another, even though I was still in chemical withdrawal for some time. A friend of mine quit many years ago, but still thinks like a smoker, and has to STAY quit. It is all in the mind, and how you deal with it..
Well, like I said, that is simply my opinion. Lets see yours :)
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