Have you ever heard of something called the “icky threes”? Unless you are a recovering smoker or are close to a former smoker, then the chances are high that you have not heard of this. Simply put, the “icky threes” refers to an estimated time period marking each phase of a nicotine withdrawal program, and, as you expected, each of these phases comes in a cluster of three (each one longer and more difficult than the first). Ranging from physical discomfort to psychological problems, the “icky threes” can be a major pain, but you can easily find ways to cope with them, if you have the right tools. Let’s take a closer look at the three-of-a-kind for nicotine withdrawal.

Three Days

For most smokers, the first three days of nicotine withdrawal constitute a living nightmare. During this time, people will feel a rush of excitement after making such a life-changing decision, but will also suffer all the discomfort of initial detox. However, once the third day is over, ex-smokers will begin to drop back into reality, for the time being.

Three Weeks

Over the course of three weeks, ex-smokers have just endured the unpleasantness of initial withdrawal but are only scraping the surface of mental strengthening. During this nasty time, men and women will learn to cope with an onslaught of cravings and triggers. Even though nicotine has been flushed from victims’ systems, they will suffer from mental issues that are so severe that they may still feel the side effects of physical withdrawal.

Three Months

At this point, many smokers who have successfully completed a program will feel a sense of relief, but the battle has only just begun. During this time, relapse is a major risk. At times, people will feel like cravings for nicotine will never stop sinking poisonous claws into them. However, this is a critical time that will help them sink or swim.

Seeking Treatment for Cigarette Use     

Remember that addiction can be triggered by one shot of alcohol or a single puff of a cigarette, but the true danger of this sickness is that you cannot fully determine how much you have to consume before your mind forms an attachment. Social smoking is just as dangerous as chronic smoking, on many levels, but you do not have to smoke to have a good time. Remember, drugs cannot determine if you have fun and do not have control over your life.

If you are suffering from a severe case of drug abuse or addiction, or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of alcohol withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.

If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.


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