I quit smoking and drinking 5 months ago. I think that addictions arise in us to satisfy unfulfilled desires that we just can not or do not for some reason or another. So I believe, in part, that we create a need in it’s place that we “can” satisfy.
For me smoking was a stress reaction to the creepy stuff that I tend to see and hear. I quit a while back, but everything is getting too overwhelming again and I’m planning on buying a pack tomorrow. So I don’t know, it’s probably another form of self-medication for people with sz
id say number one , its a drug that is easily accessed and consumed.
then it can combat negative symptoms
alse we smoke out of boredom
we use it as a crutch
its also addictive
we also feel like it relieves stress
I always used to hate that excuse when I was in hospital… Thinking that if you are bored in there then you really are too well to be in there in the first place!
I quit while I was in hospital… Only when I was getting significantly better… But I hated the next scene direction so much… I’m now nine years of cigarettes and nine years out of hospital
i stopped 5 years ago and i think it was not helping my sz, i think it was a demotivator, and after i stopped i think my brain chemistry wasnt struggling with toxins anymore and functioned much better, i also found that i was more motivated to do things,
When I was in the army most of the men in the enlisted ranks smoked. At least as much as sz’s smoke. I smoked a little while back then. Also, most of the people in AA smoke. The air can get really smoky at meetings. Though I’ve never been there, I think most of the people in prison smoke. I can see how someone in prison might smoke out of boredom, but as for the army and AA, I don’t know. I’ve been in with a heavy smoking population for most of my adult life. Here at the assisted living center where I stay I can see how sick cigarettes have made some long term smokers. The number of people with COPD and on breathing machines is amazing. I’m extremely glad I was able to quit.