I am curious to see what method you used to quit smoking or vaping.
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I've quit with all the methods! They all work; I've always had a problem staying quit. Not this time, not with the Sexy Exers! That could've been an option!
I got really sick and had to make a choice between breathing and smoking...wasn't much of a choice. I have NEVER regretted it. I did not use any NRT's but I have nothing against them if they help. I drank gallons of water, ate Sour Patch Kids, spent most of my time on this site, reading and trying to get pointers from others. I asked for advice and when it was given, I took it.
Great advice Ellen. That’s good that you chose to get your life back! I remember my stepmom’s mother was on oxygen and would take her oxygen off to smoke it was the craziest thing I have ever seen as a child. I promised myself I would never smoke because my mom still smokes and I always tried to get her to quit by buying her gum or the patch for Christmas when I was younger with the help of my grandma. I hated that she smoked and swore I would never do it and yet here we are today, never say never.
Hopefully you are cognizant of that with your own children, whether you have some now or it is a future plan! I can relate though, I hated seeing my mom smoke, and then I did it when I said I never would!
Thank you!! I just wanted you to know that you inspired me to join this group! Many years ago my grandson asked me to quit smoking. He said, ‘Nanny, I don’t have a Dad (his father committed suicide when he was an infant), so I need for you to quit smoking.” I quit almost immediately, but I started again, mostly smoking only behind his back. Fast forward maybe 6 or 8 years or so, he’s about to turn 18, having difficulty with his step-father and decides to move in with me and his papaw. I quit, cold turkey, the afternoon he was on his way to our house. He tuned 18 a wake or so later and is leaving for the Marines in a little over 2 weeks. He’s beyond proud of me, I can tell. His papaw still smokes, but he didn’t say those words to papaw, he said them to me. His papaw has told him that if he can go to boot camp that papaw can quit smoking. I’m praying I can help my husband in every way so our grandson will be as proud of him as he is me! Thank you again for posting on FB about this group. I find it very helpful!
NanKath Nice Work
Kathy it’s so great to see you on the site! I am so happy my FB post inspired you to join this community! I am rooting for you and I know you can stay quit! It’s important you know your why and making your grandson proud of you! One day at a time sister!
Court2Knee wrote: NanKath Kathy it’s so great to see you on the site! I am so happy my FB post inspired you to join this community! I am rooting for you and I know you can stay quit! It’s important you know your why and making your grandson proud of you! One day at a time sister! Much Love,Courtney
Court2Knee Thank You For spreading the word and sharing us with your network! and Congrats NanKath Congratulations!
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Be aware that nothing will quit FOR you; you still need to do the work, and have patience that it is going to take awhile. The idea behind Nicotine Replacement is that it helps to calm the physical withdrawal while you learn to deal with the psychological aspects of the addiction. Keep in mind, though, that the nicotine is pretty much out of your body in about three days, then it's a couple of weeks for your body to adjust to life without it. Then it's just the psychological aspect with which you have to deal
The important thing you can do right now is to educate yourself on what nicotine does to your body and mind. To that end, I highly recommend Allen Carr's “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.” This is an easy and entertaining read. You can search for it online or at your local library. If you do nothing else to get ready for your quit, please do give this a read.
You should also read the posts here and perhaps go to the pages of folks who you think might be helpful. You might visit whyquit.com, quitsmoking.com and livewell.com for the good information contained there. @https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/groups/best-of-ex has lots of blogs written by members of this site with their experiences and guidance. Here is a video to inform you further about nicotine addiction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpWMgPHn0Lo&feature=youtu.be. After you have completed the recommended reading, it will be time to make an informed choice of the quit aid, if any, you will use. If you go that route, I personally recommend the aids that don't let the addict control the dose such as the available prescription drugs or the patch. If used properly, gum, lozenges and inhalers are fine, but they need to be used only as a last resort after you have tried to delay and distract. I have seen folks become addicted to them if they substitute them for every cigarette they used to smoke - just trading one addiction for another. You need to start out with a plan to reduce use of them over time - which the patch does by decreasing the dose contained in them.. For the gum, you can start by cutting each piece in half, then in quarters, then sub regular gum of the same flavor in between, adding more and more regular gum. For the lozenge, you need to start subbing a mint in between to begin, increasing the number of them over time. I do not recommend the e-cigarette for four reasons: 1) the vapor has been compared to the polluted air in Bejing on a bad day, 2) they just provide another nicotine delivery system while continuing the hand to mouth smoking motion, 3) the batteries can spontaneously catch on fire and 4) you can become addicted to that and it has not yet been proven safe .
It will be informative if you do the tracking and separation exercises recommended here on the site. As you track each cigarette smoked, note its importance, and what you might do instead. Put each one off just a little to prove that you don't NEED a cigarette just because you think you do.
The idea is to change up your routines so the smoking associations are reduced. Drink your coffee with your OTHER hand in a place different from when you smoked. Maybe switch to tea for a bit. If you always had that first smoke with your coffee, try putting your tennies on right out of bed, going for a quick walk, then taking your shower and THEN your coffee! Rearrange the furniture in the areas you used to smoke so the view is different. Buy your gas at a different station. Take a different route to work. Take a quick walk at break time where the smokers AREN'T. You need to distract yourself through any craves. You can take a bite out of a lemon (yup - rind and all), put your head in the freezer and take a deep breath of cold air, do a few jumping jacks, go for a brisk walk or march in place, play a computer game. Keep a cold bottle of water with you from which to sip. Don't let that smoking thought rattle around in your brain unchallenged. Sometimes you need to quit a minute or an hour at a time. You will need to be disciplined in the early days to distract yourself when a crave hits. Get busy! Here is a link to a list of things to do instead of smoke if you need some fresh ideas: https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/blogs/Youngatheart.7.4.12-blog/2013/02/25/100-things-to-do-instead-of-smokeThe conversation in your head in response to the "I want a cigarette" thought needs to be, "Well, since I have decided not to do that anymore, what shall I do instead for the three minutes this crave will last?" Then DO it. You will need to put some effort into this in the early days, but it gets easier and easier to do.
Stay close to us here and ask questions when you have them and for support when you need it. We will be with you every step of the way!
You figured it out Nancy! Welcome back, we've missed your welcomes!
I had someone bring my laptop into the rehab. Have never BEEN so happy to have a real keyboard!!!
When I found out my grandson was moving in, I smoked my last cigarette and told my husband "I'm done!"
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