Dr. Seth Meyers, Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Seth Meyers, Clinical Psychologist

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Cigarettes: The Most Dangerous Spouse

Cigarette smoking is one of the most evil addictions, bearing psychological, oral, and chemical components. If you smoke, you have probably tried to quit and know just how difficult a task it is. If you don’t smoke, you probably believe smoking is disgusting and can’t wrap your head around why people would ever fall into such a disgusting habit.

Why people smoke is complicated. At root, though, smoking reflects the wish to avoid some uncomfortable feeling – boredom, anxiety, or depression. As a therapist and clinical psychologist, I can understand how smoking provides a soothing function for smokers. After all, people wouldn’t do it if they didn’t like the immediate effects.

The ‘evil spouse part’ comes in when it comes to the long-term effects of cigarettes. It’s such a cruel paradox that what soothes immediately harms over the long haul. In this way, cigarettes are like any other hardcore drug – good for a moment, evil afterward.

If you smoke, cigarettes have become the spouse you need to divorce. Though you have likely been together for a long time, your relationship has become toxic and it is time for you to move on. There are supports for you to help you through your separation. Do a simple online search and you will find all kinds of websites with information to help you break free from this truly evil relationship!

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