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09 Jun 2011

Good morning,

I want to quit smoking and have cut down to 4 a day, but I want to stop all together.

How long can I expect the extreme cravings to last?

Thank you very much for your help.
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Addictions expert
Addictions expert

01 Jan 0001

Hey there and thank you for your posts.

Firstly it is very important to stress that any change of medication should only be done under the supervision of a good Psychiatrist. We suggest that you see our expert Dr Nunes 021 448 8360.

With regards to the weight gain, many people attempt to fill the void and stop the cravings by cross addicting to food. If you should find that this is the case we suggest visiting Over Eaters Anonymous, which is a free Twelve Step fellowship of men and women who have had a similar experience.

Additionally we strongly suggest Nicotine Anonymous - your nearest meeting can be found by visiting their website.

Finally the extreme cravings will last about 3 days... if you find that you are still struggling we run a Tobacco Cessation programme here at Harmony, please feel free to call the Clinic on 021 790 7779 for further details.

Wishing you love and light
The Harmony Team
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