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Welcome to the forum. Thanks for sharing your cessation journey with us. Truth is quite a few of us have been where you are now; a place where most of us long term smokers (32 years for me) arrive; intellectually understanding the need to quit smoking but almost paralyzed with the fear of quitting or not being able to quit. Eventually, we reach crossroads where we have to choose. Continue to hang out with us reading and educating yourself with the real-life stores of people who have managed to put this addiction behind them. You will find many stories similar to yours that will inspire you as you plan for your permanent quit in January. You may have already read the articles below but a re-read is always beneficial. I've also included my own quit story.
We are here to support you in any way we can. You can do this.
Thanks for your response Dee. It is great to know that there are others that are going through what I am and can share on this forum. I believe that with an iron-clad commitment to quit that I will be successful this time. I will continue to define what I call the "back end" of my quitting experience. Withdrawal or the "front" end is the easiest part for me. The back end is where all the difficult stuff is. Cravings, triggers, head games of every kind . Those of you who have any period of abstinence know exactly what I am talking about.
Wow! I am so happy that I found this forum. Thought I would have to go it alone.
Anyone who has licked any addiction knows that we need more that our own resolve to quit and stay quit! Get as much love and support you can find. I believe this is what will I will need to make it.
I am afraid of quitting. How am I going to survive without my beloved cigarettes? I really do covet them greatly and can't imagine doing without them. Health wise I am doing better each day sisnce almost dying in Life Support. This is why I need to get rid of this disgusting habit (addiction). Now is my chance.
THAT WAS MY EXACT FEELING!!!!!!!!!!!! I am 15 days into QUITTING -- I'll tell ya - I can breathe sooooo much better. No constant dry mouth, hacking, sore throats. ect.. I can feel the air in my lungs. I can take a deep breath without coughing. Quitting is really hard - not going to sugar coat it - but it's worth it to me and it will be worth it to you too!! When times get tough - cling to this forum. It has saved me Many times!!
You can do this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I felt very similar and I'm only 2 weeks in after 26years of smoking....my biggest early success is telling myself if I want my cigarettes back I'll start smoking on my one year quitting anniversary (knowing by then no way in hell)
Great post! We can all relate to your fear of a smokefree life. The fear is very real and scary but what makes many of us more petrified is the longterm effect of continuing to smoke. Do not be hard on yourself it's an horrible addiction and you have made a step in the right direction by posting on this forum. Do not give up hope on quitting, just stay with us and continue reading all the articles and stories here.
I smoked for 36 years 40 or more cigarettes daily and I hated myself for it and like you tried everything and thought I would never stop. But in January 2016 something snapped inside. I had become so sick of my smoking lifestyle and I just really wanted to be smoke free. I smoked the remaining cigarettes in my pack then went cold turkey. I was very drowsy during that period and slept alot but managed to get through the detox with the help of this forum and constantly sips of ice cold water.
You will know when your ready to give quitting another bash and when you do we are here to support you.