It's No Fun to Be an Addict

Blog Post created by karenjones on Aug 18, 2018

I don't believe in the concept of 'triggers' but it is widely used when people talk about nicotine withdrawal, cravings.  From what I understand about trriggers it is just some action that you used to do while smoking cigarettes. Usually drinking coffee, talking on the telephone,  drinking alcohol, or crocheting, whatever.......The reason I don't believe in triggers is that when I smoked , everything was a trigger.  Waking up in the morning was a trigger, simply being alive was a trigger.  if I was happy it was a trigger, if I was sad it was a trigger. So any talk of avoiding triggers was just silly.  Thank heaven I say was. I don't even like to think about the mind set I was in when I was smoking. A chronic addict. Smokers live with their addiction just like any other addict. it's no fun to be an addict.  Society is full of nicotine addicts, it is just that nicotine addiction became normalized. imagine in the 1950's when everyone, including doctors, were addicts, constantly riding the rollercoaster of addiction.  My Mother, I am fairly certain smoked when she was pregnant for all 8 of her kids, Who had to withdraw when born and then became used to second hand smoke. What kind of a culture do we have,  where dangerous drugs like tobacco and alcohol are so normalized that we walk among addicts daily without raising an eyebrow? Everybody here at the eX community knows what a horrid addiction nicotine is.  Thats why we are the Ex Community.