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I know that Allen Carr's book says nrt isn't the optimal way to quit, but every time I've made it more than 5 months it was with patches giving me a head start. I love them, because it does take the edge off and it does help me battle the psychological cues to smoke. To each his own, but the patches are a godsend to me. My downfall is anxiety and stress. Note that I do follow the directions precisely when I use them. Anyhoo, I've also found the lozenges to be helpful for those considering that route. Congratulations and well done!
Hi! I am happy about your quit! I hope that you continue to be successful in your quit!
I read this thread and I've read a lot of other material about the best way to quit smoking. I have personally tried every way that I know of at least once, with the exception of the gum. From what I've learned there is no evidence to support the fact that any specific way of quitting is any better than the other.
Now, someone will come on here and provide facts that state otherwise. It's just not true! I can find facts all over stating different things. A person's chances of quitting smoking have nothing to do with the method. It's all about the individual person's mindset. Everyone's quit is different! If your mind is not into the quit, your not going to make it. If you are committed mentally to your quit you will make it, as long as that commitment is kept up.
I quit once using Chantix. It was the longest quit I ever had. Tried it again several years later and couldn't quit at all. It was never about the Chantix, even the first time around, it was about me. I wasn't ready, mentally, to quit the second time. I thought the drug would do it for me. WRONG!
Lastly, I would like to congratulate everyone who has quit smoking, no matter how they did it!
I agree. It doesn't matter what it takes, just quit, that's the important part. I've had a million people tell me a million ways, buy at the end of the day I know that I have to want it. I have to want it so bad that I'm willing to do everything in my power to fight for it.
Your doing fine! If using patches keep you quit, so be it. Whatever it takes.
I have quit so many times in so many ways, I can't even remember them all. But over the last couple of months I came to a conclusion. The only way I'm ever going to beat this addiction is to get my mind right about it. I'm doing alright now, but I still have to take it one day at a time to stay quit. It's all up to me.
A person's chances of quitting smoking have nothing to do with the method. It's all about the individual person's mindset. Everyone's quit is different! If your mind is not into the quit, your not going to make it. If you are committed mentally to your quit you will make it, as long as that commitment is kept up.
Thanks Jeff, well said.
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?