I avoid withdrawal in the wilderness, but not at home

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Stanton Peele Response by: Dr. Stanton Peele
Posted on October 14th, 2012 - Last updated: January 30th, 2014
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Dear Stanton:

Once again, I’m quitting smoking. I have this technique for quitting that I’ve been using for the last couple of years (obviously an amazingly successful technique!). It always makes me think of your ideas. I do a lot of wilderness travel (backpacking, climbing, etc.). I almost never take tobacco with me, so normally I get back to civilization having experienced 48-72 hours of detox.

Strangely (or at least it seemed strange to me before), I almost NEVER think of smoking while I’m in the woods going through the “throes of withdrawal.” Only when I get back to my usual environment do those cravings kick back in. Just one more little tidbit that makes sense viewed in the proper context.


Steve Tillery, Ph.D. — Neurophysiology
Research Service, Syracuse VA Medical Center

Stanton Peele

Dr. Stanton Peele, recognized as one of the world's leading addiction experts, developed the Life Process Program after decades of research, writing, and treatment about and for people with addictions. Dr. Peele is the author of 14 books. His work has been published in leading professional journals and popular publications around the globe.

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