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Withdrawal Symptoms

What is withdrawal?

Many people in the process of kicking the tobacco addiction go through a period of discomfort known as withdrawal. We prefer to call it recovery, because that’s what your body is doing. Recovering from what tobacco has done to it.

Symptoms vary from mild to severe, depending on the extent of nicotine dependence. Symptoms vary from person to person and do not necessarily affect everyone. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to keep in mind that they are completely normal. As a matter of fact, they’re good. They mean that your body is getting rid of the nicotine in your blood and finally starting to work to repair the damage that has been done when you smoke. It’s best to think of these symptoms in a positive light and as something you can overcome.

How long does it take?

The symptoms of withdrawal usually occur by the third day and can be diminished if the following suggestions are followed. In an attempt to speed up the recovery process, we recommend drinking substantial quantities of fluid, especially during the first few days. Drinking 6-8 glasses of water or fruit juice a day is ideal. By drinking lots of fluids, nicotine is flushed out of the system more rapidly. These symptoms will be the strongest in the very beginning, so it’s important to be prepared and expect that they will happen. Although some of them may be uncomfortable, all of these things are less harmful to your body than cigarettes.

What are some of the recovery symptoms?

  • Confusion
  • Nervousness
  • Crying
  • Mood Swings
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiousness
  • Headache
  • Irritability
  • Dizziness
  • Tremors
  • Constipation
  • Sleeplessness
  • Itchy Skin
  • Forgetfulness
  • Shakiness
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle Cramps

What else can I do to get support?

While you’re experiencing recovery symptoms, please don’t forget that we are here to help. As a matter of fact, we extended our hours to be more accessible to you for that early morning or late-night craving. If you need a buddy to talk to, take a minute and call 1-866-QUIT-YES (1-866-784-8937) to speak with a nurse, respiratory therapist or addiction counselor. Each staff member is there to listen and also to offer support and resources when the craving is overwhelming. Instead of reaching for your tobacco when you just can’t take it anymore, reach for the phone instead. 

Also – be prepared for some people to be very supportive and other people to be not as supportive as you’d like. The road to being completely smoke-free may be a little bumpy at times, so you want to make sure you reach out to and surround yourself with those who truly support your efforts.

Ever wonder what it would be like to spend more time with the ones you love? Well, you can. Quitting tobacco will pay off big time when you ultimately get to cherish those special moments with those closest to you.