How can I avoid the cravings?
Welcome to EX.
If you have smoked for a long time you will crave the cigarette when we first quit it is difficult to avoid cravings and withdrawal. With the proper education and tools, you can make quitting easier. You have to learn what your triggers and why you smoke. you can start here for tracking and other information about quitting. My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX You develop a plan and work the plan. Will you be using nrt's or meds or cold turkey? Have you set a date or already quit? Those are the questions that you should be addressing. Education is the key to a successful quit.
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. If you have already quit. Make sure you have gotten rid of all the smoking paraphernalia and got to @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 very importaht to commii9t to Nope.
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.
Hi And Welcome to Ex’s
You have craves because you are addicted to smoking, no way to avoid them, but you can find ways to fight them. Quitting is so doable, but takes work. Work the program through Mayo and get a Quit date and prepare for that day like no other. We are all here to help. Might I suggest you read this blog for extra help. Colleen aka sweetp
click here Foundation For A Successful Quit
also, go to top of page and click on your quit plan... it will talk a lot about craves/triggers
You don't. You face and accept them as temporary--eventually they go away altogether. I cannot speak to the effects of nicotine patches, nicorette, medications, but as far as I can tell, no matter how you quit, you have to make up your mind that you are going to do it.
Welcome to Ex.
Welcome to our community!!
You didn't say if you have set a quit date, so I will assume you are just getting ready. Congrats on your decision to quit. I address your question later on in this welcome.
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:
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!
Welcome to EX, you have gotten some seriously good advice...accept that you cannot avoid craving but you CAN accept that they are going to happen and direct your energy elsewhere. Have a plan for what you will do when they occur and know that they will get to be fewer and and less frequent. YOU will get stronger and THEY will get weaker. It is a journey and there are no shortcuts. You can do this...one day at a time and when that's too long, one hour or one minute or second at a time. You CAN do this...we all want to help you.
No cravings? Good luck on that one! You are about to embark on a crazy ride. This is one of the toughest, most rewarding journeys you will ever experience. It will be a rollercoaster both physically and mentally. This site was invaluable to me as well as googling my symptoms. Once you start seeing that what you are experiecing is “normal” you actually start to embrace the process and what you are going thru. Each time you make it thru one thing, you feel that much more empowered to deal with the next. I think if you didn’t go thru some “hell” you would be less likely to work so hard to stay “quit” cause who the heck would ever want to go thru this again.....
Who said anything worth having is not easy? You must go into this quit with the right attitude. You must truly know that you will never smoke again. This is a life long commitment and failure is not an option.
So back to your original question, yes you will have cravings. But guess what.... you will survive them and every time you do you will feel that much stronger. You can do this because you are amazing and can do anything you put your mind to.
We we are here for you!
Hang in, hang on....
Retrieving data ...