What Could This Mean?

Blog Post created by Dancingthrulife_6.4.13 on Aug 10, 2018

~~Always ask yourself 'What else could this mean?' before jumping to conclusions.~~  Siren Soul


In the early days of our quit, we often mistake craving a cigarette to mean that we need to smoke or it won't go away.  We may misunderstand our stress as in we need a cigarette or we can't cope with life.  We may think we are 'going crazy' and smoking helps ease the tension


What if you stopped for a few precious seconds and truly thought about "what else could this mean?"  


Maybe a crave is just a memory that floats to the surface of your mind.  Maybe stress is your body's way of searching for that addictive substance you've been feeding it for years.  Maybe your anxiety and/or depression is a chemical imbalance in your brain that can be helped by medication.


Everything you trained your mind to think as a smoker was simply feeding your addiction.  Maybe that's what the craves, the headaches, the stress is truly about.  Feeding the addiction you are now trying to starve.  So those thoughts and feelings and aches and pains may mean something other than "only a cigarette will help".  


Don't jump to conclusions.  Don't decide to fail.  Don't think you can't.  Recovery is full of emotions and thoughts that actually make sense if you understand addiction.  So learn.  Figure it out.  Ask questions.  Getting to know addiction makes it less scary, less powerful, and totally treatable.  So keep calm and think it through


Happy Friday, all!