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Cold Turkey   General Chit-Chat

Started Jul-29 by Anne2020; 806 views.
Anne2020

From: Anne2020

Jul-29

Just wondering who on here has quit cold turkey so I can relate.   

Amicahomi

From: Amicahomi

Jul-29

I did,  sixteen nicotine-free months ago after 40+ years of smoking.  It worked for me.  I felt unburdened by another drug and completely divorced from nicotine.  I just decided that "I don't smoke".  From what I've widely read in this forum during this period, there doesn't seem to be any difference in how folks psychologically adjust to non-smoking.  Physically...couldn't comment.  My stuff was minimal.

Anne2020

From: Anne2020

Jul-29

That is so interesting.  My 'stuff' as you say was also, to my surprise and delight, very minimal as well.  I noticed too that I have no lingering wants to smoke either.  I am now 7 months quit - totally nicotine free.  

   

  • Edited July 29, 2020 12:22 pm  by  Anne2020
Amicahomi

From: Amicahomi

Jul-29

Congratulations.  Like you, I hardly ever think about smoking.  Came here to thank the forum for its helpful part in my quit, and wanted to help another if i could.  Mindless computer games also helped keep idle hands busy.  Inconvenience, social pressure and expense were also motivating factors.  Negative examples, health scares, don't work for me.

alreadysick

From: alreadysick

Jul-30

Count your blessings. I quit cold turkey after smoking 46 yrs. I am now heading for month 13 of smobriety. I still have cravings and triggers. Waiting on the 'peace' has really been tough. I have confidence that it will come eventually, as many on this forum have assured me that all in good time I will receive it.

You hang in there. You are doing amazingly well!

Anne2020

From: Anne2020

Jul-30

oh wow, that is markedly different from the experience I had.  13 months is a long time to keep fighting off cravings. I totally commend you on your strength and determination.  If I may ask, do you have allot of difficult days or are they periodic and, is the time between cravings increasing or is it the same as in the beginning?      I am wondering if, after having such an easy time quitting, the cravings are going to come back to make my days more difficult to manage.  May I also ask, do you miss smoking?   

Thanks for sharing.

arlcruise

From: arlcruise

Jul-30

Day 35. Cold Turkey. I think it is the way. Have you been to whyquit,  Joel's site" They have a Cold Turkey only board.

Anne2020

From: Anne2020

Jul-30

I have actually.  It's a good site for articles and such.  There are allot of articles on this site as well.   I wanted to get some input from other Cold Turkey's as there is a difference in the experience of quitters who don't use NRT's or drugs and those who do.  I noticed a few things that are the same but for the most part the whole experience seems to be quite different.  I did not have prolonged desires to smoke nor did I feel like I was missing out.  After the 3rd day there was no way I wanted even one puff of a cigarette let alone a bunch of them.  I have had some rather edgy days but not because I wanted to smoke.   Just edgy days, that's all.  I do have them once in awhile.   Usually just stress from everyday living.   

How about you?   

arlcruise

From: arlcruise

Jul-31

I did not experience much if any nicotine withdrawal that I was aware of. All was/is mental. I believe I did/do like smoking, it was a fun thing to do. Like playing a video game or riding my motorcycle etc. But with much stronger pull to do it. I still get moments when I have a "would be nice to have a smoke". I guess that is a crave. They seem to be dwindling, but I am aware there are going to be more coming as moments bring memories. I am fortunate that I really studied Joel's material. I cannot admit that I don't miss smoking yet. I do. But I have so much time on my hands and that doesn't help. Also the fact that I smoked for 45 years helped deepen the roots of addiction I am sure. Everything Joel has written puts all in perspective and I owe him immense gratitude. I also agree with him that cold turkey is the most successful way, and I believe stats back that up. Bottom line for me is right now I could happily smoke again so the fight is still on.

alreadysick

From: alreadysick

Jul-31

I would say that my difficult days are now a periodic thing. The time between cravings is getting longer. Yes, I do still miss smoking. I quit because I got really scared, not because I wanted to. I think that makes a big difference in how one looks at their quit. I was scared, and still am, because I got a lung CT scan that showed that I had mild emphysema and some lung nodules. I recently had another scan and all but one of the lung nodules have resolved. The emphysema has not worsened, so it was definitely worth it to quit, but I think I will have a hard time not thinking about smoking for some time.

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