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April 2020 Ex-Smokers    Quit Buddies Unite

Started 12/3/19 by ModDee; 33594 views.

From: lmnopqrstuv


Hello everyone,

This is the first time posting but really need the help.  I have now been smoke free for a year (cold turkey) but the last two weeks have felt like hell.  All I can think of is smoking.  My mental health is starting to be affected, drinking more and everything reminds me of wanting to smoke.  This has been really hard on me and just wondering why this is happening after exactly a year.  My family is really supportive but really I am thinking that smoking isn't all that bad.  I use to smoke 10-15 cigarettes a day and had a tough time for the first four months when I quit but then it got better and got down when I had good memories with smoking.  Yes, my health has improved in that I do not have that hacking cough for the first minutes in the morning but I have gained 20 pounds and actually feel worst then when I did smoke.  

I am just wondering if anybody with experience has felt this way after their first year gone of not smoking and just need a little bit of educational (not motivational) reasons why I am feeling this way.


From: Loreficent



Im sorry you’re having such a hard time. You are at a very vulnerable stage, and it sounds like the inner addict is really trying hard to lure you back with a variety of rationalizations. 20 pounds most certainly will not kill you and is manageable with some exercise and simple changes in diet likely. Smoking damage is manageable with oxygen therapy, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, blood pressure meds, heart surgery, cardiac rehab, etc.  You get my drift. Sorry to be so blunt, but frankly, I’ve needed to be the same way with myself since my one year mark in February, so I’m not telling you anything I’ve not said to myself.

I stumbled on this ebook right after I made a year, a d it is a godsend. If you haven’t truly accepted and educated yourself on the addict you are, I highly recommend doing so so you can full embrace recovery. The whole thing is quite good and easy to read, but I think you will find a lot of value in Chapters 11 through 14 specifically.

Stay the course, start walking, cut a few refined carbs and sugar some and don’t smoke just to end up wishing you were where you are now. Interested in your thoughts on the book; I found it highly educational.



From: lmnopqrstuv


Loreficent said:


Thank you Loreficent for the resource.  I have started reading the book and it is helping already.  I like how it is science based and no nonsense.  I am still smoke free and hopefully when finish reading the book, I can understand why I am feeling this way after a year.  Thank you again and I will let you and others know about my progress.  Thank you.


From: Anne2020


Hi how are ya!  I have been quit for 15+ months now and I hear what you are sayin about getting the notion to smoke after a year or more of a quit.  Sometimes it pops into my head about smoking again and, like you, the thoughts linger day after day.  Thankfully its not really a craving as much as it is a lingering compulsion to smoke just one.  The more I think about it, the more it comes up in my thoughts.

I've read allot of people who are past the one year mark and more on this forum and had lingering thoughts, or compulsions, pop up throughout their lives.  It is the plight of the addict this his/her resolve be tested and retested for perhaps the rest of their lives. 

Some succumb and end up back to rekindle their abstinence.  Alcoholics, drug addicts, and other addicts  go through the same things.  It is the plight of the addict.  

Addiction is life long.  Abstinence is the only salvation.

Don't smoke - not even one puff - ever - if you want to maintain the healthy lifestyle you have accomplished.




From: KatieKat84



I’m sorry your thoughts have been dominated by smoking the past couple of weeks. As others have said it is unfortunately part of the addiction that we can still have these thoughts long after we stop. Maybe you had your sights set on getting to one year and now that you have achieved that you have to adjust to a new phase of your quit?

I found things continued to improve a lot between years 1 and 2. After 2 years I felt so much more confident in my quit and hardly thought about smoking. Have you seen on this forum being 2 years quit is called ‘getting to the clubhouse’? I think there’s some statistic like you’re 80% likely to remain smoke free forever if you get to 2 years. In any case it felt like a refuge to aim for!

It’s only junky thinking that’s making you consider smoking again, that it wasn’t so bad etc. You know it does absolutely nothing for you!

Congratulations on being 1 year quit.


Quit 4th March 2017