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May 2022 Ex-Smokers    Quit Buddies Unite

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MarthaJC

From: MarthaJC

May-12

I've been off and on smoking since the early 70's. Got Covid Nov 28 2021 and haven't smoked since -- this forum has helped a lot. For me, I had to accept the power of this addiction. I have to take the "Not one puff ever" thing seriously or I won't stay quit. The good news is, I only have to do that today. I can do that today, and so can you. Hang in there. As you know from your 4 years quit ... it gets easier and it gets better. And your body will thank you!!

terryallen

From: terryallen

May-13

Thank you...i reckon, 1 day ay a time...amd today is day 4, so yay

JR (DPartonFan)

From: JR (DPartonFan)

May-13

Thomas,

Hello, my name is J.R. and I would like to welcome you to the forum. I used the patches to help me quit as well. I had actually used them several times over the years to quit for various short periods of time while I was trying to “Kick the habit”. After reading Allen Carr’s book I realized I didn’t have a “bad habit” I had a bad addiction. Once I accepted that it was an addiction I became very serious about quitting for good. After that I started using the patches again and with their help I got through the step downs and have been nicotine free ever since. 
 

I mention all of that because in your post you already refer to it as an addiction so in my opinion you are in the right frame of mind to quit for good. I hope you are hanging in there with your quit and the patches. 
 

This forum was also a large part of my success. The support here helped me get through the time I would normally give up on my quit. 
 

Good luck with your quit and keep posting on the forum.

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allenarm

From: allenarm

May-19

Came here after a google search. On day 6 and just went through drawers looking for anything. lol. Ok now.

Anne2020

From: Anne2020

May-19

Congrats, you made it past the first icky 3's - (3 days).  The nicotine is out of your system and its all a mind game now.  Distraction is the key to getting past those so called cravings - claw backs.  You just need to distract yourself for a couple of minutes and that nasty claw back disappears.  Exercise, a cold shower, a hot bath,  a bowl of ice cream, a bag of chips, some carrots and celery - do what everyou need to do to not pick up a smoke and light it.  Smoking is not the answer.  It is the demon you are running away from. 

Read - Allan Carr's Easy way to quit smoking.  This is a very funny and informative book.  you can down load it from the internet.  There is another book - why quit smoking.  YOu can also download it.

Check out the library on this site.  Read the posts of people who have been or are in the same place as yourself.  It helps to relate to others who are going through or who have went through what you are.

You are on the right path, you have made the most important first steps - keep going - you can do it and, more importantly, you want to do it.

 You won't be sorry if you don't smoke.

candrew

From: candrew

May-21

Your posts are nothine less than insperational.  You have such a wonderful message to us newbies. Yes,  the first 3 days are very challenging and I keep reaching for my pack of cigs but they are, not there. Oh, that's right "I just don't smoke anymore." I repeat this phrase frequently as I approach day 2. As you said in your post, create  distractions, do someting different to take the mind off of the cravings.

Yes Allen  Carr's book "The Easy Way to Quit Smoking" is a great resource. I have read it several times and also attended his video. All good stuff!

Again thank you for your posts. There are so many of us in early recovery that need this kind of attention. Live in the moment and assure yourself that you are probably doing the most important thing in your life - that is quitting smoking. Hang in there and don't lose  sight of you commitment to a better life. 

Good day

N.O.P.E today

Andrew

Loreficent

From: Loreficent

May-21

Be kind to yourself. You can do this. Remember when you stopped before and had a few days under your belt? Remember how empowering that was? You can and will feel that way again. Those smokes you’re reaching for won’t do it. They have done nothing for us all of these years. But getting some time away from them? Ahhhhh. That’s a good feeling. You are building that feeling moment by moment. Focus on the gain. You aren’t missing anything. 
Have a good day. Be in the moment and enjoy the feeling of letting go. You got this.

candrew

From: candrew

May-21

thanks lore - i appreciate the response . today is the only thing i have to deal with - feeliing strong and happy  that i don't have to  reach for that imaginary pack . is it only in my mind that i really want to smoke otherwise the physical withdrawl has been minor so far.

"smoking does absolutely nothing for you" per allen carr

so why do it?

i am an addict and will always be so. i need  to accept that and move on..

good day,

Andrew

overdoze

From: overdoze

May-22

I remember reading Carrs book a while back "the nicotine monster" dying slowly, but only to awaken if we have one cigarette. so true. It is true to look at smoking as an addiction but I would also say a habit, the hand to mouth, the deep inhaling we do with cigs, and the socialization we get from other smokers. I think I have wrote it in the past that when we quit smoking and become non smokers, we have to literally reinvent ourselves, cause our identity was tied that image of smoking and now we have to create a new image in our mind and life.

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