I plan on stopping cigs feb 1st. But I need advice on things I can do to quit . I feel like they control me my addiction is bad . Its driving me crazy
Hi and Welcome to Ex’s. You have made the first step, you made a quit date. Next, it is time to prepare for that date like no other. Please check out Getting started from the home page. Community Help This will help you gain knowledge about quitting and preparation. You can do this and keeping it close to here will help you greatly. Colleen aka sweetp
Cathy welcome to EX ,
Congratulations on making the decision to quit smoking. You have come to the right place for support in quitting smoking. Start, by educating yourself about nicotine addiction because education is the key to a successful quit. Go to my My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX to view the videos and learn about your triggers and tracking your smokes. @Community Help to learn how to navigate around the site. Plus 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." That it is why it is very important to commit to Nope. Not one puff ever
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.
Congratulations on your decision to quit smoking...education about this addiction, support from others in recovery, and your own commitment are things you need for a successful quit. JACKIE1-25-15 has given you great advice and Youngatheart.7.4.12 also has a welcome for new people that contains important information and support. Please know that everyone here wants you to be successful in your journey...quitting is a journey, one day at a time, it is not an event...I used the mantra NOPE, Not One Puff Ever when I came here because it was easy for me to remember. jonescarp.aka.dale.Jan_2007's blog What To Expect In The First Four Months is very helpful as is his advice to say to yourself, "I don't do that anymore." when you are craving. No crave ever killed anyone but no one can say that about smoking. One of my favorite sayings also from here comes from OldBones-Larry "One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be."
We are here, stay close to the site and know that you are not alone.
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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 also 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. You should also do the tracking and separation exercises recommended here on the site. 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!
If you are planning on quitting, then you are halfway to your quit! Now is the time to do some mental preparation. A lot of us quitters wanted to avoid feeling any discomfort in quitting (we didn't want to feel craves). Learn about craves and how to deal with them. Most important to remember is that you get smober one day at a time, deal with craves one at a time. You must accept that there will be some craves, especially at first and the answer is to face them (even if you choose the patch to help with nicotine withdrawal). If you set yourself up to just wish that you didn't have to quit, or that you shouldn't have to feel a crave, it will cause you frustration.
You are choosing to quit, stay close to that truth.
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