I slipped and smoked six cigarettes, extremely tired and stressed . Do I set a new quit date and start over?#
I think so. The longer you wait, the harder it will be. You'll just be adding to that stress. Don't beat yourself up too much. We've all been there. Make a "decision to quit" this time instead of saying you will "try to quit".
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Welcome to EX. I would say yes, keeping it real and honest. Get rid of everything that is associated with smoking you will have less tendency to slip. To be successful quitting you must educate yourself about nicotine addiction. One puff will always take you back to full-blown addiction. NOPE, not one puff ever will keep you free.
Start First, by educating yourself about nicotine addiction. Education is the key to a successful quit.
Understand the law of addiction."
Law of Addiction
Administration of a drug to an addict will cause re-establishment of chemical dependence upon the addictive substance."
You have come to the right place for support. When we start this journey sometimes we have to change the people places and things for a while in order to make a change. We have to set boundaries and let our friends and family know that we are quitting smoking. One day a time with support quitting is doable.
Read: Freedom from Nicotine My Journey Home and Nicotine Addiction 101 Here are the links http://whyquit.com/whyquit/LinksAAddiction.html and http://whyquit.com/ffn/
Also Read Allen Carr’s book, “Easy Easier Way to Quit Smoking”. Which can be purchased of found pdf format on the internet. You can start here My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX Help Community to learn how to navigate around the site.
That would be the best decision you could make. Don't feel bad, we've all been there.
I've been there 5 times. I slipped after 5 years, boy it hurt when I threw that quit away and it was harder than hard to quit again. But I am over 8 months free and thankful to be so.
You know we're only a few days apart? I quit on March 13th, but never had a long time quit. This is my first.
Welcome to the community please read the links suggested above me and keep reading everything you can about quitting smoking and remaining quit because there's a wealth of information right here on this site to strengthen your resolve to quit and stay quit and stay quit once you've done the reading pick your quit date and when your Day ONE arrives keep busy and at the end of the day you'll be able to say YAY for Day WON with many more to come you can do this quit believe it deep breaths and know that we're all here to help you in any way we can.....
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In a word - YES! You really don't know which cigarette will start the cellular chain reaction to a serious illness....so the sooner the better, Take a moment to think about the emotion or circumstance that caused you to make that decision. Then make a plan NOW for what you can do differently in that situation next time. Also wet and trash the rest of that pack - you won't be needing them anymore. You can use the readings and suggestions I will provide as distractions after you quit.
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. 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, 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. 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:
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!
Greetings and Welcome! In my opinion, yes, do set a new date and start over. It's important to hold ourselves accountable and as Jackie said, keep it real and honest. Being tired and stressed makes us more vulnerable. Many have slipped during stressful times. You're definitely not alone in that. You might go through the material in Relapse Prevention . In particular: THE STRESS TRAP
Yes and good job loving you and facing your addiction to nicotine and your cool courage to admit defeat and recovery from nicotine TODAY- yahooooo your worth it!
So sorry that this happened, I agree that you have to set a new date...not sure how long you had been quit. I hope you can identify exactly what happened and what you expected smoking to do in terms of fixing it. Smoking does not make anything better but it sure does a lot of damage while we allow it to be in our lives.
Welcome to EX...stay close to the site, please read everything Youngatheart.7.4.12 has recommended and please let us help you along. We have all been where you are...the beginning is the beginning...there are no shortcuts on this journey, the only way out is through. Remember that this IS a journey and it is one day at a time. We all want you to succeed,
I was quit for almost four years. I was helping a friend who's father was
really sick.She needed help so I washelping. It was a ten hour drive one
way, was told five, I was extremely tired, lost, irritated, confused and
probably more. I let my feelings and emotions get the best. It was six
cigaretts in about four hours. Havenot smoked again. Been sick since.
You can do this Cindy! We're here to help!
You've already got a couple of days of Freedom under your belt cindycraig since you haven't smoked since those six in nearly two days ago you can and will be successful just keep moving forward and stacking up your precious Days of Freedom so each evening you can say YAY for another Day WON......
So was this a slip or a relaspe? I honestly get sick if I am around the
smell for very long and am so dissapointed with myself and know I don't
want to smoke again.
On Fri, Nov 23, 2018, 4:00 AM Deena-A.-Yenni <email@example.com>
What does it matter if it was a slip or a relapse.
You gave yourself permission to smoke.
If you were 4 years quit and you reintroduced nicotine to your brain?
Time will tell.
Either way, it isn't going to go well if you continue smoking years more.
Ok, I get it and I am sorry you don't. That date was important to me. Yes nobody forced the cigarett on me, I did it on my own at a very low time in my life. I have not smoked again, nor do I plan to. I will work on how to get through times like that but I'm sorry if people like you don't think a date can mean anything to you!#
Cindy, it doesn't matter what other people think of what is important to you. What is important to you is what matters honey. Stay strong and know that everyone is trying to support you in their own way. Take what feels positive to you and leave the rest. Love you, Laura
Because you are asking a bunch of quitters what to do, seems you know that you have a new date. A new date is truthful, but it doesn't kill the four years you didn't smoke. Welcome to Ex.
I can see why you would be disappointed after 4 years, but 6 cigarettes was a burp if you've already quit again. Good for you.
Cindy, yes, quit right away, or you will be like me who is struggling after almost a 500 day quit and still smoking almost 6 months later. I am praying for you honey. Get back on the horse now. You can do this!!!
Yup, you have lost your quit. I hope that you throw that package of cigarettes in the garbage. I lost a 5 year cold turkey quit in June of 2017 and was not able to really quit until March of 2018. i got re addicted so fast and tried from october 2017 until march of 2018 to quit. During that time I quit for a week in Dec (and started again) for 4 days in Jan (and started again) for 7 days in Feb (and started again) then in March I got a job and I thought I cannot be smoking on this new job so on March 16, 2018 I quit for good. I hope and pray that it is for good. Sure it is hard to do, but it is easier than continuing to smoke and worry about my health and I can't afford it in every way, and it makes my house stink and damages my animals and every part of my body and mind and makes it difficult to travel and ruins my health and my bankbook. Yes, you lost that quit, but a brand new, shiny quit is waiting to befriend you. So forget about that loss and start caring for your new quit. Best of luck. Come here often. We're all addicts here. We are all addicts who don't smoke anymore, just like you. It does get easier. Live to see it get easier, or continue smoking. Your choice.
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