After a few decades of using chewing tobacco, hiding, sneaking around my family, etc....hit a wall on Nov.12th and made the choice to quit. While I have done this before, I think after 5 days of managing withdrawals and looking for support (I know I will need it) may have given me a glimpse of just how addicting chewing tobacco is.
In the past I have used gum and tried cold turkey before but I don't really think I was fully committed at any of those attempts
So, the goal is simple "don't EVER use again". Here are some things I am doing to get by as I stopped cold turkey:
- Drinking a little more coffee and honestly eating coffee beans
- Taking moments to think how thankful I am for different things
- focused on getting a workout and drinking lots of water (seems to help a lot)
- Joined a Zoom weekly meeting (haven't attended yet but I'm on the list).
So yeah, I'm 6 days in nicotine free and feel really good about where I am. However, I KNOW I need more than just my mental toughness (or lack of) when those moments happen and I am really hoping to find some support here with real people telling real stories so I can get help and maybe if I'm blessed help others.
Thank you for listening and looking forward to hearing your personal stories and tips/guidance.