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I hear you and feel the same! For me, patches were the way to go as well. I did intend to use them as directed, but due to the allergic reaction, I sped the process up a bit. I also understand what you mean about anxiety and stress, I suffer from both as well. Have you checked out the articles on the verywellmind site? There are a number of articles on there with tips/tricks to help combat those thoughts/feelings, I personally, have found them very helpful. Don't get me wrong, I have not been cured overnight by any means, but now as those thoughts/feelings start to creep up, I have tools to help dismantle them and stay present in the moment I am in.
I haven't tried the lozenges (I still have SO much gum left!) but I have heard good things about them.
Forgive me, where are you now with your quit? Are you using patches now?
Thank you! I hope to be successful too and I hope the same for you! How is your quit going?
A good friend of mine used Chantix and that worked for her, yet, my sister used it and was unable to deal with the dreams/side effects that it caused. I agree with you in that there are different strokes for different folks. I will have to agree to disagree with you on the chances of quitting smoking, but we can leave it at that. I am not trying to put anyone's method down, whatever method, if it helps to quit - go for it! I truly do believe all methods can be used to quit smoking - what is most important as you mentioned is the mental commitment to quitting. If you are not mentally ready, the chance of the quit sticking diminishes. While the patches helped wean me off nicotine, I do believe it was my mental commitment to quitting that made me successful this time. The other big thing I think is helpful to quitting is building up a toolbox of information that you can always reach back and rely on, as well as knowing what to expect in the quit. This site has done a tremendous job in doing just that. Every time I felt some sort of way, there was either an article or a quit buddy on here that explained why that was happening and how to navigate it (not to mention with a reminder that it would pass!).
I will join you in congratulating all the quitters, no matter how they did it!!
Cheers to quitters and quitting! :)
I am on day one, last smoked 9 hours ago. It's a big deal to me, I know it's not to everyone here because they've made it so long. I'm on step 1 patches because I smoked more than a pack a day. I work for the hospital here, and they offer a freedom from smoking class for free. I didn't get all the way through it, because it was cancelled due to covid. They give you a workbook that's pretty neat. Anyhoo, my longest quit this year has been 10 days. I know it's not that long to you guys, but it took a lot of work. My goal is to quit for good, but I just get overwhelmed when I think about it being forever. So this time I'm focusing on an hour at a time. If I can just work on an hour, then I'll be ok. I am a diabetic, but I admit I bought myself a mint kit Kat and some fruit popsicles as a back up. Just a little treat in case of emergency. I've been drinking tons of ice water, keeping my blood sugars in check, taking long showers, walking and watching funny videos to keep my mind busy. I never smoked at work as it's not allowed so the home front is my battleground. My husband is still smoking. That sucks.
I'm glad that you are still quit. 9 hrs. is a Great start!
Making sure my blood sugar doesn't drop is one of the items on my quit plan also. It sounds like you have a handle on things. I have used the patches in the past and I know many people who have had successful quits using them. You can Too! Just make sure and follow the directions all the way through. I know they are expensive, but don't cut corners on the amount of time you should be at each level.
The problem I had with them is that the 21 mg patch made my physically sick. But I do think the 14 mg patches helped me some. I still had a real fight on my hands. I think they just took the edge off some. I didn't wear them at night because of weird dreams. One morning I forgot to put the patch on. I didn't realize it until the afternoon, so I went the rest of the day without it. Didn't seem to make any difference, as I had a decent day. So I finished up the rest of that box. and I didn't buy the 7 mg patches. I lost that quit on the 21 day. I still don't know if it was because I quit the patches or if it was something else. When I gave up my quit I wasn't even craving a cigarette. I wasn't under any type of stress. I'm just a nicotine addict!
I smoked for two weeks, tweaked my quit plan some, and got right back into it. I'm 24 days quit this time and I hope this one is the one. This time I have worked on my commitment and resolve not to smoke, no matter what! This is the fourth time I've quit this year alone. I'm a cereal quitter. I can quit anyway I want, anytime I want. I just haven't been able stay quit! I have never achieved the goal! The goal of never smoking again!
We are all different. But I believe we can both do this! Educate yourself as much as you can about the process of quitting. Post here about how you are feeling each day. Listen to others who have been where your at now, and most importantly commit to your quit. Take the daily NOPE pledge! I know you can stay quit for one day at time! Concentrate on that one day alone. Don't think about tomorrow till it gets here. The days will add up!
I wrote this long winded post to you in hopes that something I said my help you stay quit. Just as others here have tried to help me.
Please know that 9 hours is a HUGE deal!! The beginning that is the hardest and trust me, everyone on this forum understands and respects that, please don't think differently! Thinking about quitting being forever still overwhelms me too! Like you, I take it moment by moment, day by day - there is no need to add any additional pressure! I think you are doing great and hope you are able to stick with it. If you slip, no worries - we will help you back up, dust you off, and encourage you to keep going! We all are human and are trying our best to beat this thing! Treat yourself to that kit kat! I just bought sugar free fruit pops, maybe give those a try as well? Ice water is good, are you using a straw? A lot of people say that helps. I have also heard of people breathing through a straw to mimic smoking. I would suggest deep breathing, for me it really helps.
Is your husband at least being supportive? That must be hard to be around. Any chance he is interested in quitting as well?
I know he wants to quit, I think he's just seen me try and fail after a day or so. He doesn't want to throw everything away and then have to buy more and start all over. I haven't tried the straw thing but it does make sense. I had one this morning. The mornings are so dang hard. I wake up, jump out of bed and start the hunt. He had them in a jacket pocket. Does anyone else experience this? I feel so low. I was doing great and now it's down the pooper, yet again.
You have not failed - you are just still practicing!! Practice makes perfect :)
I TOTALLY understand what you mean about waking up and starting the hunt - for me, the mornings were the worst! I would wake up and immediately head outside to smoke. I actually ended up sleeping with the patch on, despite the crazy vivid dreams - when I woke up with it on, I was much more productive than if I took it off to sleep. When I took it off to sleep, I would wake up feeling like a zombie and would have NO motivation whatsoever. I would just sit on the couch and try not to cry ( I cried a lot during my quit and that is so not my style!).
It makes me sad to hear you say you feel down, beating yourself up is not helpful, Tiny!! Be proud of yourself for trying and showing up! Showing is 80% or more of the battle!! Use this moment to understand what went wrong, and have a plan for the next time.
When I quit, I smoked my last cigarette before bed on a Friday night - that way, when I woke up, I already had a number of hours under my belt. I slapped on a patch when I woke up and then, I did absolutely nothing on Saturday. Not even joking, I think I watched 6 movies that day (maybe 5, I watched every Lethal Weapon movie made lol). I was afraid to do anything else as I thought it would make we want to smoke. My plan was to sleep the weekend away, but that didn't work out. When Sunday came, I was little bit braver and actually ate something, but still took it easy otherwise.
With time, I realized I still felt "empty" in the morning if that makes sense. So I began to exercise in the am vs. doing it at night - it gave me something to do and helped pass the time. It wasn't much fun at first, but after a week or so, I developed a routine and it became easier. Then, JerseyDee turned me on to yoga and now I love it!
All in all, be patient and try not to beat yourself up or have negative thoughts. Quitting is hard - we spent numerous years making that a habit and it is going to take a while to break it! There is NO shame in that!
Keep your head up high and know that it will happen for you :)
Thank you, I really needed to hear that. Its smoke break time for everyone but I'm staying in today so I don't have to see or smell them. I'll start taking walks soon, but the way out building is, and you can't smoke on the property, I'm pretty much forced to get near them if I want to walk the loop around the building. You can't leave the property for a break so I'm kind of stuck for now. I've got a lozenge in, and that helps. I'm going to try sleeping with the patch on, even though it does make me a little pink. I keep on telling myself how much I want to be free of this addiction and I just have to keep trying. I'm going to post a lot today, so be prepared to hear some hormones coming out.
I used the 14mg for the recommended 2 weeks, and then over a weekend, went down to the 7mg. This time, I did not notice the difference! I was convinced I would, but for one reason or another I did not! Actually, there were a few days where I forgot to even put the patch on! I took this as a good sign :)
Thanks Eliza. I am going to the 7mg patch tomorrow and appreciate you sharing the above. I would be lying if I said I was not a little anxious. I have been wearing the 14mg way over the 24 hours sometimes cos I just forget to change it out and have been ok with that most the time.
The only advice I would add is buy the name brand because they adhere better. (But they are stronger....I had a bad experience switching to them like Jeff) If you are outside a lot, sweat, or swim use a waterproof tape with it. This will make a big difference and you won’t waste patches.
Congrats for coming off the patch successfully! You go, girl!