Everyone comes here with the best intentions. I’m really gonna quit this time. I’ve got the patch/gum/inhaler/lozenges/Chantix that’s really gonna work for me. First of all these are only aids & can’t do the hard “quit work” for ya. You’ve gotta do the hard stuff. If you are truly sincere about this you also must make a heartfelt commitment. That means putting ALL aside to protect your quit. NO MATTER WHAT. There is no best time to quit. There will always be stress, relationships, family illness, job loss, I’m just not strong enough & whatever else you wanna throw in.
So here’s my opinion & mind you it is mine only. Those who relapse have maintained a hidden desire that they can smoke again one day & maybe even control it. You were all just looking for an excuse to validate your decision to get back to smoking.
I don’t care how young you are or feel that you have plenty of time or that you may quit anytime you like. It doesn’t work that way. Cancer is an equal opportunity disease & can strike anyone at any time. I began my quit at the age of 51. It’s been 9 years & 8 months since that day. I can only hope & pray that I’ve quit in time. The last one I smoked may have been the one that kills me so many years later.
When you relapse I’m not gonna be the one that says it’s okay/take your time & come back/you’ve got plenty of time. I’ve said many times before that this is a matter of life & death & if you wanna play at it you just don’t understand how deadly smoking is.
Every time I go for a physical I’m scared to death that this will be the time they find something. I’ve been lucky so far & for the life of me I can’t understand why God has blessed me after what I did to his temple for so long.
Anyway...get serious about your quit. You’re an addict & you can’t smoke anymore. ANYMORE! The sooner you realize this the sooner you will gain a peace in your life.
Keep on keepin on,
M n @