A member of Integration Nation, who has been struggling with quitting smoking, asks Dr. Robert Glover for advice on how to change habits or shift from addiction. Dr. Glover explains that habits are formed when a particular action is done consistently over time. He dismisses the notion that habits can be broken in 21 days, stating that habits take time to form and may never completely go away due to the way the brain insulates neural pathways. He suggests using a three-circle model from 12-step programs to tackle addiction: the inner circle is the off-limits behavior, the middle circle is the slippery slope behaviors that lead to the off-limits behavior, and the outer circle is filled with positive, fulfilling activities. He also recommends delaying the impulse to smoke by waiting a certain amount of time before giving in to the urge, and then only partially satisfying it.

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