"Slipsies" Bewildered

Blog Post created by JACKIE1-25-15 on May 3, 2015

There seems to be an increase in postings of relapses.  I must confess I am saddened when I see someone post that they have started smoking again.  Some are short timers and some long timers. I am baffled, I guess that is part of being a newbie.   It seems that in a matter of days someone has gone back to smoking. I am trying not to make the same mistakes but it is frightening when you see those who have worked so hard and then suddenly announce the "slip."  I hope I never forget where I started.   Some of the comments in response to the post are very encouraging.  I am trying my very best to learn from these mistakes and not be judgemental, but the triggers seem to be constant ...alcohol, being with smokers, caught off  guard,(whatever that means) anger, stress, grief and being sick.  

Help me here.  Is it something in the brain that keeps us wanting to continue to smoke even after a long quit. Addiction? Selfish desires? Weakness? I know that not smoking is a challenge, harder for some than others but I  must conclude that there must be some underlying factor that causes the relapse.  Yes I have tried quitting before, but without resources, this site has made a difference for me.  Live people to help. Help me with this please.