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Dumping the Nicotine Gum Habit

06 Feb

Question:

Dear Belleruth …

I stopped smoking in 1997. However, I've been chewing Nicorette gum ever since.

In 2007 I had a triple bypass and a pacemaker implanted. I'm 71 and want to get off the gum, which I know is not good for me.

I looked through your list of tapes and CDs and don't see one that relates to this horrible addiction.  Your assistance is greatly appreciated ….

Sincerely, Allen

Answer:

Hi, Allen, and congratulations on deciding to get off the gum.  

The guided imagery that applies here, actually, would be for the one that says "Alcohol and Other Drugs" - nicotine is one of those 'other drugs', and this imagery addresses that drug addiction along with any others.  

I wish you the very best of luck with this.  I know it’s very difficult, but if you had the steely spine and iron clad commitment to get off the smokes, you can get off the gum too.

Stay in touch!

All best,
Belleruth

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award