Our expert says:
Hi Sam. Whenever we get our brain accustomed to having any particular set of chemicals around in abundance, and then stop providing these chemicals, the brain tends to miss them for a time, and to take time to re-adjust to their absence. And to also have dreams about aspects of the habit you are giving up, is also understandable. They will pass. Remember that these also demonstrate the power of associations with the people and places where you used to smoke, so avoiding such people and places will make it much easier to kick the habit. An alcoholic who still spends every night at the bar, will find it harder or impossible to give up alcohol.
As you saw, when your friend was lured back into the habit by another friend who still indulges. Remember, the old drug-using friends who have NOT given up, feel uneasy about someone who has, and feel better if they can lure you back into sharing the habit wih them.
And quitting altogether is often easier than butting down, for various good reasons. Avoid him if you can --- he will try to get you smoking again, as a non-smoking you reminds him that he could and should give it up, a truth which he would rather not face
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