One day at a time. I'm gonna work these steps or they're gonna work me!!!!
I was so hoping to find a group of ?A-ers. I'm a member of NA and have been for almost 9 years. Got 2 years currently. I was so wanting to join a group of fellows like me. :-)
Hello everyone, I need help, I've been a heavy smoker for 34 years, had two years clean on jan 19, day 3 on chantix, like to hear some experience strength and hope from other recovering addicts and alkys who have worked the steps on cigs. The only times I ever quit smoking were when I was in jail. God help me be willing. I AM POWERLESS OVER CIGARETTES, AND THEY ARE MAKING MY LIFE UNMANAGEABLE. I quit drinking, I quit doing meth, why should I listen to that lying voice in my head that says this is different? I said the same thing about methamphetimine, that maybe this drug was too powerful for the steps to work on. What a crock of horseshit denial that turned out to be. There is One who has all power, that One is God. Lord help me one day at a time, on breath at a time. I can not continue to indulge in self destructive behavior, it is not compatible with seeking and doing God's will.
Amen, and God Bless you on your journey.
I am on day 2 and using chantix. I have been clean of drugs and alcohol for 8 and a half years. I had posted on a different board yesterday that I am haveing a hard time saying I have recovered from a hopeless state of mind and body. Especially when I have a cig in my hand. I dont say that discounting all I have done. I really have come along way. It just seems a on going thing I have found in sobriety and part of my on going part of my spiritual awakening is change. The change of becoming a non smoker is tuff. I still love to smoke. I hate spending 14 bucks a day. I hate smelling like ****. I hate being winded on 2 flights of stairs. I hate the unmanageable part of rushing outside in the snow and hot boxing a cig so I can rush back in with everyone else. I look forward to the day I can say I am free of smokes. I have made it to the 4 month point smoke free numerous times. I always pick up again. Thanks dopeless for reminding that god can and will relieve me of this obsesion if I let him.
Day for grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
Just here to say "Hi" right now. I'm an AA approaching 26 years who's cut back on smoking quite a bit and now hopes to move on and quit entirely. I have a profile up if anyone wants to drop by.
I hope others that may not have used a 12 step program before will find this a useful toolbox for recovery from nicotine addiction.
I'm going to print this and give this a try! Better yet I'm going to make it a way of life for me.
I have saved and printed this...thank you sooooooooooooo much.
I absolutely love this!! I am in another 12 step program and have been trying to apply those principals to my quit. Today, day 3, just taking it one hour at a time! Thanks so much for the info!
I go to AA since I recently stopped drinking. Smoking and drinking together constituted a using pattern for me. This is not an alcohol abuse group, so I won't bring up drinking. But note how in the tips for quitting, EX warns about bars and alcohol for new quitters. Alcohol and tobacco are both drugs. When quitting one, continuing the other makes relapse into both again much easier for certain people. I stopped drinking last July, so waiting a few months to try to quit smoking was okay for me. Some ex-problem drinkers who smoke may want to wait a few years. There's no fixed rule. Alcohol destroys your social life and health, tobacco destroys your health and makes you stink.
I think using the 12 steps is a perfect way to stop smoking. If it works for other 12 steps then it will work for quit smoking, I will give it a try. Anything at this point.
I have also been in a 12 step program which saved me from alcohol addiction. Applying these same principles to cigerettes is just what i need to do. Been 10 years since I drank and now it is time to give up this addiction. My quit date is May 11..am I scared? Heck yes..do I want to die? Heck no. Do I want a life free from my addiction(s)..YES! Thanks for reminding me that the 12 steps can be applied to other addictions. I am also going to print this out as a reminder. Thanks.
If you want to learn how to quit smoking, make sure you read the section on the EX site.
Thanks for this group. I quit smoking today after 36 years as a smoker. I also found this site today. I had a panic attack after 3 hours without a smoke. Whew. Thought I wasn't even going to make it a day. Then I went on the computer, found this site almost immediately, just like I was supposed to. I wrote in a forum that I was going to quit one day at a time, and then started looking around Ex.
And there you were! saying what I knew was going to be my way to a smoke-free life. Thank you for this. I'm looking forward now to this adventure. I know I'm just starting, and will panic again. But not today.
Hey Group. I'm still at it - day 4. Finally am beginning to feel well enough to start on the steps - I've been reading everyone's blogs like crazy comfort food. This is not the first time I quit, but I've only been able to make a serious commitment one time before. I quit about 20 years ago, for just over a year. Then my husband left me, my father died, and I had to give up a vocation I loved because of carpal tunnel, all with in that same year! Good excuses right? Really, I know I started smoking again to prove to my husband how much he had hurt me. Man, did I show him.
The best revenge is a life well lived.
Last time I quit using a book - don't remember the name or the author, but it taught me how to prepare to quit, writing out all my reasons, listing the benefits, rearrange the smoking environment, etc. I'm not sure I'm going to do all that thoroughly again, but I do have my "just do it" sign up in my screen porch, where I did most of my smoking. And I have a great selection of toys to keep my hands busy. I've even been sucking on jacks. Remember jacks? No, plastic ones.
Best of all, I have a supportive husband, and all of you, who I know have my back. Oh, and I got buporpion - manna oh manna.
Iam new to this and i love this 12 step program iam going to try it out thanks
Hi! Is this site still open? I am new and would love to do this with others doing the same thing. Can share steps and other materials. Hope you are still open and sharing. Last entry was 39 days ago. PLEASE RESPOND !
I can't wait to work through these. Going to print them out and keep in my wallet.
hi,my name is kat for short i have some years of AA under my belt. i thank it's a great way to stop smoking. i just know i need to quit the insanity of smoking and that is all i can say at this point. i want to quit so badly but i just can't seem to do it.
I am glad to have found this page. I'm 6 1/2 years sober, and I plan on using the 12 step program to quit cigrettes, too!
Hi every one, I've been told to wait a year before making any major dicisions or trying to quit smoking, I now have 13 mo. thanks to my sponsor and the steps of A.A. I'm in!
Trying to quit smoking cigarettes is so hard. There is always that craving or urge. It seems to never end. I just wish I could be more resilient and not cave in by smoking a cigarette. I wish I could just quit for good.
Thank you for this very enlightening blog. Knew a little about 12 steps, but not nearly as much as I needed to know. Thanks, again. Will do my best to go thru each step as many times as it takes.
Hi everybody, new to this site. I just wanted to chime in, as of 5pm I quit smoking. I'm reading and reading and reading and truly I see that I am a nicotine addict and my life is unbelievable unmanagable at this point. It's all about the cigarettes, all about the cigarettes, oh bills can wait oh food can wait. I want off this merry go round!
I used NA for a meth addiction, recovering meth addict for 15 years thanks to that group and I'm hoping that with these principles and you all I can beat my nicotine addiction. The only reason I am using the patch is because I also have bipolar disorder and I need to be reasonable. Bipolar isn't cured by my higher power and even with the lamactil, give it a week or two things are about to get really messed up! My higher power did give me something though, a great doctor.
So here's to day 1 (raises cup of coffee)
How are things with your quit 1940slover?
MarkEX Community Manager
Retrieving data ...