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Seven Months-Still wanting to smoke   Quit Support

Started Apr-26 by Marygold73; 949 views.
xvaper

From: xvaper

Apr-29

Hi Marygold,

Oh that medication switch is hard, I know it. Don't let it ruin things for you. In a few weeks you will stabilize.

I think that even though you impressively quit for 7 months, you may have not worked on the phycological reasons of why you think you want to smoke, which makes your quit even more impressive. Your addict brain has been working unchallenged all this time and it is trying hard to make you stumble. 

There is a lot in this forum to help with that metal process of letting the idea that we like cigarettes go, and the scientific explanation for that. If you work it in, things will change for you.

It is not you talking when you say "I want a cigarette". It is a part of your brain which has been tricked into consider nicotine as vital for survival as food and drink. Your brain doesn't care what form of intake it gets its fix. It just happened to have come from cigarette for you, so it associates it with the fix it craves.

If Nicotine came in any other way of administration when you started, you would have done that thing no matter what. If nicotine only came in needles I promise you, you would be injecting it. If nicotine came out of and exhaust pipe of a car, you would be standing outside, coffee in hand, sucking on that tailpipe, especially if you would have seen silver screen stars and musicians do it. If i gave you a cigarette, with the same brand/taste you like, but took nicotine out of it, you would throw it out, it would be disgusting to you. Do you lean over the barbecue , or fire pit to inhale the smoke into your lungs? No, because it doesn't have any nicotine in it.  It is really that simple. Just takes practice to internalize it...

48yrsmokin

From: 48yrsmokin

May-23

Man Isaid Nope  to the smokes back Sept 2021. And can't shake the urge. either it's like it just follows u around. They keep saying to change my mind. Well i've tried that and it's not happening for some reason. So I just keep telling myself I'll never go back to the starting Quit. I've done it before. The 1 smoke my mind says to have It'll be alright. ####. The 1 gets you back in. and started . Found that out after a 1 1/2 year quit. So my mind keeps up the relentless persuit. Just have 1.   I Keep saying NO and get buy. The persuits are hard at times. So I keep my crutch of mini Lozenges. Seems to help. Flip 1 in the moutn let it dissolve slowly. It's not a everyday thing. But it helps. Good luck. Just DON"Ttake the 1. It'll get you. 

JavaNY

From: JavaNY

May-23

Stay strong Marygold. You would regret returning to smoking after the first cig.  Try modifying your diet with more nutritional snacks. 

Let us know how you are doing.

Anne2020

From: Anne2020

May-26

If that's what it takes to stay away from those awful cancer sticks, then do it. One lozenge every once in awhile is much better than the thousands of cigarettes that follow the 1.    

Look at it this way - if you smoke, the cigarettes WON.  One is not one, it is WON.  The smokes WON.  Don't go there.  Do not even allow yourself to think about it.  Relish your achievement. You are a non-smoker.  You have WON the battle for your healthy lifestyle.  Maybe the thought of smoking will haunt you from time to time for the rest of your life.  Consider it a reminder of your VICTORY.   

Well done.  You are a champion.  You are the master of your domain.How Sweet It Is Bouquet

MarthaJC

From: MarthaJC

May-29

Anne I thank you for this post - it is exactly what I needed to read and get in my brain! Yesterday marked 6 months quit for me -- and I had the strongest craving/struggle since I quit. My brother is in town visiting, and he smokes only a few cigarettes a day. We were sitting on my deck (my favorite smoking place) enjoying beautiful weather, and he lit up. I couldn't stop thinking about smoking after that. The "nicodemon" told me that if my brother can smoke a few a day, so can I. And it told me I will spend the rest of my life struggling with the anguish of cravings. And it reminded me of how lovely it would be to enjoy a cigarette.  Well -- it is now the morning after yesterday, and I am on my nice deck feeling extremely grateful that I did not succomb to the lies of the addiction.  I really, really love the idea of knowing I won a life and death battle ... and challenging the "you'll never stop having cravings" threat with the knowledge that if I do have a craving, I can think of it as evidence of victory! Yes.  Thanks Anne.

SusanK1960

From: SusanK1960

May-29


Good for you Martha!  You have every reason to feel victorious!

Anne2020

From: Anne2020

May-30

Right On Martha - I love the smell of fresh air in the morning - smells like - VICTORY  

WELL SAID

candrew

From: candrew

Jun-20

Martha -

Thanks for your post. It makes me think of my wife, much like your brother. I loved sitting with her on the porch, talking about life and smoking one after the other. You see I was a chain smoker, 2 packs a day. 

She, on the hand can sit for hours without lighting up a single smoke. I wished I could show such restraint no way, I was hopelessly addicted and could not help myself or so I thought. 

Three weeks and 3 days and I am doing quite well. This will be probably the 4th time this year that I have tried to quit. I've tried everything from cold turkey, Allen Carr's book and seminar. Chantix, Wellbutrin, lozenges, the patch and recently nicotine pouches.

Yesterday, after complaining to my wife about the cravings, she suggested that I might smoke one or two to take the edge off. That was all I needed to justify getting a cigarette, but my thoughts were as folks on the Delphi site say "N.O.P.E" to that first one. I know that I would be setting myself up for a lifetime of continued smoking. 

I believe the addiction will be with me for the rest of my life, but I need to find a way to arrest the compulsion to smoke. I have been a slave to nicotine for most of my adult life and today I am fed up with whole thing. I deserve better than that and you, Martha, do too. 

I hope this post finds you well and smoke-free.

Good day,

Andrew

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