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Ok Jatchat, I will join you. I am sorry you have slipped. Why are you not able to not get the patch to work? Are you using a higher nicotine patch? Where are you getting the cigarettes you are smoking when you cave? Do you have cigarettes in your possession? Do you bum them from other people? Just curious.
Here’s is little part of my story. I became a closet smoker since my initial quit way back 20 years ago. I was ashamed of smoking. Even as a closet smoker I was SOMETIMES able to suck on 20 cigarettes a day. It took a lot of work to hide my addiction —-and I am not proud of my hiding. But many many times (uncountable as to how many) I would buy a pack, smoke a few and throw (crumble) the rest of the pack away. Eventually I threw out more cigs than I would smoke. Sometimes I would buy another pack the same day only to smoke a few and throw the rest of the pack away. When you crumble the cigarettes it’s difficult putting them back together again but I sometimes managed to do that too! It was a constant head game and I was quite good at it. I just couldn’t get past smoking. And guess what? The cigarettes were winning. And they will keep on winning in this game. The game isn’t any fun anymore and hadn’t been for a long long long long time. I don’t want the cigarettes to win ever again. One hit of nicotine and I am back at the game. Smoking is a game i like to compare to Russian Roulette. I do not know if I can successfully recover but I know I am going NOPE today. Any discomfort I feel today I will handle and it will subside.
WE CAN DO THIS! I can do this. You CAN do this....today.
When it’s said and done, cigarettes are not our friend. They will rob you of EVERYTHING you’ve got.
Chris, pledging nope with you, amazing how you’re managing this quit. I pledge nope today too.
Anthony, was your quit getting worse after operation? I hope you recover both physically and mentally very soon. Maybe come here in the time of struggle, it might be easier.
Thanks Oksana! The way for me to manage is to not smoke. Haha! It’s the only way!! I am not allowing myself to trick myself into smoking. At least not today!!
Got your hand with this Anthony with a NOPE from me. Haven’t seen one of your lovely pics for a while...?
Hope your doing well.
In answer to your questions, I get the cigarette off my wife who smokes, yes I am under a lot of stress at the moment, with pain in my hip, I have upped the concentration of NRT and together with my quit mindset and forum support defeat this addiction
Thanks Lori, Will endeavour to oblige
Thanks Anthony for answering my questions. I can only imagine that having a spouse who is smoking would be tough. I know it would be for me!!!! We have a guy who comes periodically to do small odd jobs for us and he smokes no filter Camels. Thus far (and I kid you not) almost every time he has come over to do work in the last couple years, I end up bumming one thinking I can handle just one. Hahahahahahah!!! NOT! I might do good for a day or 2 but then I will end up going out and buying my own pack. This next time I will do everything in my power to not let that happen. He isn’t s scheduled to do any work for us for at least another couple weeks. I will let ya know how that goes.
I have stopped and started so many times. I don’t think there’s anyone who has quit as many times as I have. At least that’s how I feel. I am past the one week mark this time around with my new recovery so there is hope. My problem is that I get comfortable and then my brain plays tricks. I am hoping that by staying with this group I will be able to turn away next time a cigarette passes my way. I am so thankful to have this group. Already I have had so much support.
My hat goes off to you Anthony! I will keep rooting for you and anybody else who comes to the daily NOPE Pledge. I know you can beat this addiction because there are so many people who have. Also because you aren’t giving up!!!! If you reach out to someone here instead of a cigarette maybe it will be in time & enough to get you through that weak moment.
I keep coming here and my writing this to you has gotten me through a craving. So now ya know what I am doing. I come here and write something to get me through it. I wonder how many others do the same.
Look forward to seeing you tomorrow!! I am not religious but i do want to say, “God’s Speed!”