Addictions are so weird

Discussion created by DonnaMarie on Feb 3, 2019
Latest reply on Feb 4, 2019 by DavesTime

I'm here jumping around and reading new quits and seasoned quits posts, blogs, replies, etc. We all share the common drug addiction of nicotine and the behavioral addiction of smoking. I'm sure there are addiction specialists out there figuring out the why of it all, but it just baffles me.


What pleasure is derived from smoking? Any pleasure I can think of, I can debunk with one ounce of sensibility and reality. What is so tempting and cloying that keeps me one puff (and maybe you) from smoking on a regular basis again? In the earliest days, there was a long handled pipe and tobacco grown in the fields. Who thought it was a good idea to do that? And who thought it was okay to add all the chemicals and poisons that are now found in the tobacco we are buying in our cigarettes? 


The last time I quit, I went to quit smoking classes at the hospital. The thing that got me to stop was reading a list of the poisons in a commercial cigarette. And then I fell back into having one with coffee and two with coffee and then three with coffee. You know the drill. The cold facts about poisons left me and smoking had me hooked once more.


This time is different, but I know I'm an addict. I embrace that I am an addict and it's no longer up to me whether I smoke or not. It's up to me to beat the voice of the addiction. I'm doing that in a lot of ways, one of which is coming here and reading and posting. 


People who post about their first day or their 9th year amaze me equally. It's a brave move we're making to improve our health and the health of those around us. 


Brain drains like this help me process what I'm doing. I'm as on guard today as I was on day 1. 


So, fellow addicts, is the addiction weird or are we? :-D



Rhetorical question, of course. Here's to all of us. Keep your quit. It's one of the most important things you have going on right now and forever.