BUT ONCE YOU START THINKING ABOUT IT, YOU'RE a goner
You must learn how to distract, then dismiss those thoughts..You need to find something that clicks in your mind and shuts it down.
I laughed when I saw how it had controlled me all those years. It was my 2nd or 3rd day. I saw clearly right then that I could catch myself before I acted and I laughed. every time I got a crave I laughed. Do you know that by 7 packs worth of urges to smoke that first week (140 cigarettes) I was now thinking of laughing when I wanted to smoke?
laughing releases dopamine too. and it was free! and I could "chuckle in church"
Find your own. Seek out something that shuts it down immediately and do that everytime you get a crave..it could be a granchilds face or picture, it could be a favorite verse of poetry you could carry with you. It could be a message to yourself. Something that strikes the chord at your core beyond the addict part of you. Something. Whatever it is. You give it the power. it's your promise to yourself TO PUT UP THE DETOUR SIGN
AND TAKE A DIFFERENT DIRECTION.
Don't worry, there's no number of times your "clicker" works because you set it up
We're not bs'ing you about things that will break a crave immediately.
Strong sensory cues will override your emotions temporarily and take precedence, preventing failure.
biting into a lemon skin and all
sticking your head in the freezer and breathing the air for 15 seconds. Just imagine how rediculous you'll look doing this. Like a freezer mole. butt in the air, snorting the cold air. That's part of why it works.
Having someone run over you with their car
Filling your mouth with ice cubes and trying not to get brain freeze.
Again, Strong sensory cues take precedence over what your mind is doing.
THEY WILL STOP YOUR CRAVE IN AN EMERGENCY OR OTHERWISE