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This is your quit in your time. Nicotine addiction is so insidious, I remember one quit buddy saying that she wished they would lock her up in a treatment center for 3 months so she could not smoke even if she wanted to. I had similar thoughts for 4 months.
'As smokers, we live in denial about what cigarettes are doing to us'.
'We have to, otherwise, there would be no comfort in smoking, no relief...no pleasure'.
'We all have plenty of reasons to quit smoking, yet, we just can't seem to do it. Nicotine addiction does that to a person'.
Ex-smoker, Leslie wrote a great piece with her, 'ten steps to success'. Check it out.
"I held on with both hands and all my heart to one thing that a man who was one of my dearest friends told me. He told me this:
You think you love to smoke and you think it is so important to your happiness, but when you quit (and I know you will), you will find out that all that happiness associated with smoking is a lie. It’s a cheap carnival trick. It is nothing more than smoke and mirrors".
My quit has been delayed. Tomorrow is the day.
It's good to hear that. You can do this and we will be here to support you when you are ready.
I like so much your post. My quitting day is set up for Monday 1-11-17! I am on Chantix. I've started taking it on first so it's gonna be 11th day on Monday. I am still smoking and taking the pills hoping for miracle!
Wish me luck every body third time s a charm!
Good Morning, Mirosa,
How ever many times it takes, don't give up on quitting. It is literally like going to war against a very strong adversary. We are fighting for our lives and we need every tool we can find to beat it. I think I already told you that I was a 40 yr smoker too. Every time I breathed deeply I hear that rattle. Do you believe it, I no longer have it. Now that is a miracle! Way to go, Mirosa.
Understanding Nicotine Addiction
The effects of nicotine on the human body create dependency through chemical reactions in the brain.
'Addiction Steals Our Right to Choose - None of us started smoking thinking we'd lose our right to choose, but that's exactly what nicotine addiction does to us. The associations we build up over time slowly weave their way through every activity in our lives until we can't think of doing anything without our cigarettes. This habit is insidious and tenacious, and millions of lives are lost every year worldwide to it'.
Good luck Mirosa! Quitting aids have given me the most success by far but I've never tried Chantix.
Today is day 4 for me with 14mg patches, and gum on my way home from work. Cognitive quitting helped me realize that part of my trigger after work is just physically leaving the office, the routine usually associated with a long awaited cigarette. I also have about some tabs from verywell.com articles open and am reading those.
Yesterday and this morning were tough physically. Tightness in the chest and generally out of it. Last time I relapsed it was because absolutely nothing was wrong and I was two weeks smoke free, however, so I know I can't let up whether it's a good day or a bad day or a normal day. I'm glad to be here. Wishing you the best as Monday comes!
Hi December Ex-Smokers.
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Have a good smoke free evening.
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