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I absolutely get that. Some days are better than others. I just passed four months. I know it will continue to improve - there’s got to be a day when I don’t fantasize about how smoking would feel. Ugh
Thanks for the support. I really hope you are right. I hate that I still often fantasize how it would feel the ritual of it.
Hey guys are you hanging in there? First day no patch. Eeek
Wonderful! You’re doing fantastic! Stay close to here and shout out if you need a hand.
How long for you now?
2 month and 15 days. how about you? How are you doing? I took the 7 mg patch off yesterday morning and struggling a bit today not sure if it’s my mind playing tricks on me or I wasn’t ready. I was thinking that like the carr books say all nicotine does is make you want more nicotine so wouldn’t that be true of the patch and I should remove all nicotine?
Yay! That’s a good chunk of smoke free time already!
Well....yes...the idea of NRT is to slowly wean off, which you’ve done. This is helpful for a lot of folks as smoking is not just physical addiction. Try to look at it as the last several weeks you have been slowly weaning your body while you unhook from emotional and psychological aspects of the addiction. You’ve given yourself a head start and learned that you can get through some of those triggers and situations and you are still here and doing ok. Now you’ve chosen to do the final unhook physically by stopping the patch. This should be less but it won’t be gone and that’s ok. Hopefully you feel a bit empowered mentally by how far you’ve come! For me the physical withdrawal is by far the easier of the pieces of this insidious addiction. You are still gonna have some of that while the patch and small amount of nicotine from it clears your system. The mental and emotional attachments will still be there after a few days, just like anyone who has quit with any method at this point. Cold Turkey clears the nicotine quicker, but those folks still work through the other stuff. We all do as that is what the addiction did for us; made tons of associations and ties. You have a great start though and the only direction to go is forward. Stay close to here and reach out and keep reading. I found some good stuff recently I’ll send you, but now I gotta go. Last...worse comes to worse....put a stinking patch back on if really necessary, but do not smoke. You can keep going, I promise. You are in recovery! Yay!
thanks so much. I have had some really ----- days at work. I’m literally tittering but honestly the amount of time and not wanting to start over is stopping me. I’m seriously miserable. Ugggggg I know logically a smoke won’t make me feel better but the addiction is telling me it will make everything okay. I logically know that in fact I’ll just be disappointed in myself for failing my quit
Ok...time to turn those feelings of deprivation around to feelings of recovery! Embrace the freedom Anne. Smoking never did anything for any of us but keep us enslaved to falsehoods. Use the patch still if you need to. No crime or shame in that. Do not romanticise the cigarettes.
Here is a link to a great E Book I found...one spot in particular that I linked yesterday and will come back and add that once I find the section again.
Ok...here is a link to 100 reason. #53 has an underlined link to the “the forgotten me” section. Please read it! Keep it open on your iPad or whatever and when a crave strikes, read a bit. It is fascinating and has angles we do not think about when hiding behind the veil...
Interested in you or anyone else’s thoughts!
Check out the links in the above post I wrote to Anne...good stuff!