I am frequently asked if smoking addiction can be cured through natural means, what with all the patches, “fake” cigarettes, anti-smoking gum, and self-help books that have filled the market.My immediate answer is always “Yes, absolutely!” and before I can continue their face lights up wondering how they can do it. They they ask: “How can I quit?” Once they realize the level of commitment to the emotional healing process and rigorous discipline that it takes to stop and remain off of cigarettes, their shining face turns sour. Ending any type of addiction, whether it is drug related, sexual, social media, or smoking, is an ongoing, continual, and sometimes painful process.
There is no such thing as a panacea–or cure all–in the world of addiction treatment. Each case can be a trial for both the patient and the practitioner. The former is dealing with the psycho-spiritual and physical ramifications of smoking, sometimes for decades, including alienation from family members and various social settings, while the practitioner must focus on the issues surrounding the actual addiction itself, such as the patient’s relationship to their parents, siblings, and extended family, their friends, and the world at large.
The best prevention for smoking and other addictions is for the parents or guardians to avoid substance abuse in the home, which serves as the center of children’s values. Even with outside influences from their peers at school, the home can be a powerful countermeasure.