Any advice on medication (chantix) or natural remedy?
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You will find that there as many experiences as quiitters here. We have folks that used the full range of NRTs and those who went Cold (Smart) Turkey. You know yourself best. Please do the reading I am recommending, and you should find your answer when you are finished.
The most 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. Here's a link to a video here on the site which describes nicotine addiction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpWMgPHn0Lo&feature=youtu.be. 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, quitsmokingonline.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. You should also do the tracking and separation exercises suggested in My Quit Plan http://www.becomeanex.org/my-quit-plan.php 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. 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. I do not recommend the e-cigarette for three 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, and 3) the batteries can spontaneously catch on fire. . But – any method that you think will work well for you will be best for you. 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-smoke The 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!
Congratulations on your decision to quit smoking. Like Nancy above said read. read, read. I recommend Dr. Hurt's video. He is a cigarette addiction specialist from Mayo Clinic. Welcome aboard!
Welcome to Ex. Good to see you here. Dig in, keep reading, get familiar and blog as much as you wish. My understanding of medications(if chosen) is that they work alongside your decision to quit, but cannot do the whole task for you. Any smoker can quit--no matter how doubtful you may be of your own ability to quit, you really can. It's a one day at a time journey. Keep coming back!
Medications that are aids to help quit smoking require a medical prescription. If you are considering medication to help I suggest to contact your medical doctor for advice. I used Wellbutrin for 90 days.
Thanks for all the comments and support. I did some more research I was aware of how nicotine affects the brain. But I did learn some new stuff. I have made a smoking calendar. On it I have benchmarks for all the physical and mental changes my body is about to go through. I have also set up an appointment to meet with my doctor. And I'm going to get a little dental cleaning to help encourage me. I think one of the hardest parts about this addiction is it still socially acceptable and I can walk into to a place of business and buy it. But I have to remind myself that somewhere in the world a man has put millions and millions of dollars into successfully marketing these death sticks. And also somewhere in the world high-paid chemist's are working to create this poison. Meth heads do the same thing. Shame on these people.
And they put cough suppressants in them - and chemicals to keep addicts from getting a sore throat. I was FURIOUS when I found this out.
Sounds like you are getting a good plan together.
Good for you!
Getting angry at the cigarette companies is an excellent quit tool. Hold on to it!!!
Quitting smoking is about making a commitment that you will do whatever it takes not to take a puff. NOPE. Stay close.
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