Why Cigarettes are Harder to QUIT than Heroin.


Okay, before you fly off the handle on me, let me explain…

Heroin detox is the most miserable hell I’ve ever experienced. I wouldn’t wish it on ANYONE. (Well, Trump maybe. He just called Utah a small state full of strange people. I CARE ABOUT UTAH! Okay. Rant. Done. Let’s not talk politics.)

Moving on…

I’m not sure how many of you have heard something similar, but while I was on Felony Probation I heard this dozens of times: “I can’t drink or do drugs anymore but I smoke like a chimney because its the last thing I CAN do.”

I was one of them.

It’s fascinating to really ponder this aspect of addiction. Do a majority of us simply want to live on the wild side? Is it throwing caution into the wind? Why do we feel empty without at least one deadly habit?

I love to smoke while I write. In one of my favorite books “On Writing” by Stephen King, he says, “nicotine is a great synapse enhancer, except it’s killing you at the same time.”

I’m not going to go into details or semantics about Heroin vs. Nicotine statistics. I know availability and legality are factors. I know the receptors involved are not exactly the same. I know oral fixation vs. needle obsession are different animals.

It’s just the overall mentality of still WANTING something you know is bad for you. Do we all feel like after drugs we will be complete dweebs if we drink water and eat celery?

I’d love to hear some thoughts on this one. Open discussion. All comments approved, just don’t be a dick.

I’m in a few support chats right now with people trying to detox from heroin. So, I’m extending a challenge. You quit… I quit. If you are ready and need a little push, so am I. We can be grumpy and fidgity together. Facebook me or email me.

Let’s do this.




2 Responses to Why Cigarettes are Harder to QUIT than Heroin.

  1. Angie August 17, 2016 at 6:18 pm #

    I quit smoking after quitting drugs. I waited to stop smoking until I was really ready. “One thing at a time” was my mantra back then. I’ve been a non-smoker for over 6 years now. I’m not sure smoking was harder to quit than drugs. They were both difficult but in different ways.

    • Dan Workman August 17, 2016 at 6:56 pm #

      Bravo!! I realize now this title was kind of a sneaky writer’s trick. I know there’s really no comparison between the two. Fortunately some have focused on the final paragraph and understood my true intention. So many parents and family members have struggled to understand what their addict is going through. Sometimes an act of solidarity can even the playing field and help people find some understanding and empathy. Whether you give up smoking, sweets, or vow to run a mile a day alongside the person who is going through the fight of their life… the nature of the gesture isn’t not as important as the gesture itself.