November 3, 2010 by ..
Older and mature people are aware of what is right and what is wrong. This is the impression of many people because adults have experienced more things than others have. They also say that wisdom is the reward of living many years. However, not everyone in the world would believe in that notion anymore since there are older people these days that are already aware of the wrong things they do, but they justify themselves that everything is okay. This is one reasoning you can hear from a person that finds it hard to quit smoking.
Why do they keep on hitting that same old stick every single day when they have always been advised by the government, by their loved ones, by their non-smoking friends, that cigarettes are bad for the lungs? One definite answer is that they have been addicted to the effects of smoking that their body looks for it, even if they try to avoid it. Addiction has been described as being hooked into something that our body is longing while the mind is refusing. This is a reality where “the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
How can we help someone who has this kind of addiction? What can we do to make their willpower stronger than their bodily appetites? We can help a person be motivated in things that he or she loves. After all, the very first reason why they were hooked into smoking in the first place is either personal or peer pressure. Meaning, they have pushed themselves or others have pushed the person to begin smoking; this professes love for oneself or love others. We can use that love to be diverted to things that are of more worth to them.
We can encourage them to remember the love of their family or their relatives, if not love of friends. We can make the addicts’ willpower stronger by boosting their self-esteem and self-confidence. Some of you may know this already, but smoking has been used as an avenue to release stress, pressure, and self-doubt. Without anyone to appreciate the things they do, they just divert their attention to make themselves not worried by smoking. Therefore, if people are being given attention at the right moment, for the right reasons, then they can be motivated on taking away that stick away from their lives for good.
Doing these things, aside from showing their love for their loved ones, they are also showing their love for themselves by forsaking that poisoning habit. Aside from giving the addicted proper attention, it is also important to understand that they have a situation that needs assistance. They cannot forsake something that they have been addicted to, all by themselves. They need professional help, their family, and persons who they consider important to them. If they have these things, then it will be easier for them to get away from that wrong side of love for themselves and others, which is known as addiction.