I have copd and I'm in the hospital again with pneumonia. I love to smoke so this is almost impossible to do. I need to quit!!!!!
Welcome to the Ex. You think you love to smoke because you're addicted to nicotine. I know the feeling and so do many others on this site. That's why it is imperative to educate yourself about this addiction to be successful. We've been brain washed about smoking and how we need it to survive the good times and the bad. Most of us have tried numerous times to quit. I smoked for 50 years and just celebrated my 1 year anniversary. So, it is possible if you're willing to do the work. The support on this site has made the difference for me this time. You should be hearing soon from some other Exers with specific material to read. In the meantime, spend sometime reading posts from current quitters. Some are old and some are new, but everyone has something to offer. You'll find people that know just what you're going through and you'll find a new normal. Pick a quit date, educate yourself and prepare for your quit. Look forward to celebrating your quit date. We're here to support you every step of the way.
Welcome to EX you have come to the right place for support. Quitting is doable but you have to be WiLLINg to Change your MINDset. First, you start to reprogramming your thinking from no to yes I can do this. It is not that you love to smoke so much as you are an addict and want to nicotine. The other part are just rituals that you can get rid of. You do not have to smoke. Your brain has been telling you the wrong thing. Switch the brain to tell yourself that you do not need to have a cigarette. With education it is possible to quit. Education holds the key to success.
Start first by educating yourself on addiction to nicotine. It is advisable to read Allen Carr's Easyway to Quit Smoking which can be found on pdf on the web. Another good site to get info is www.whyquit.com. There are several articles to read. Nicotine 101 and Freedom From Nicotine My Journey Home. Quitting takes planning and preparation go to EX Plan | BecomeAnEX to decide how you are going to go about quitting. To get help on navigating the site go to. Community He My lp. Again Welcome, there is more to come. If you have any questions you can do a search with the magnifying to respond glass type any keywords and research. If you have any questions just ask and give us the opportunity to respond. We are here for you.
Same here, have COPD and had/bilateral lung infection! You can do this. one moment at a timeGet wellBlessings Kim
Hey Patriciaporemski WELCOME!!! It can be done and you've come to the right place to do it. This site and especially the people in it have a high success rate BUT you have to do the work. Lots of reading for you to do so get started!!
Welcome to EX! Glad you found us. I usually advise people to take at least a couple weeks to educate themselves on nicotine addiction here and other sites, to get familiar with this community and website, and to read Alan Carr's Easy Way to Quit Smoking book, and then set a quit date. But I know quite a few people who quit during a serious illness and/or hospital stay and are still doing great. I think the scare factor, and inability to easily get away for a smoke can be beneficial. Quitting really isn't impossible or even almost impossible .
Looking forward to following your journey here!
Hello and Welcome to Ex’s
Glad you found the site. We all liked smoking or we wouldn’t be smoking. However, we are addicts and we wouldn’t have gotten hooked without the nicodemon. It is time to quit, your health is being effected. That being said, eventually you will have to quit, make it your decision before that happens. It takes work, knowledge and preparation. Please go to My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX and start reading and working the program. There you will set a quit date and plan fir that day like no other...keep it close to the site for help and support. Now get started, you are worth the quit. Colleen 104 DOF
I also thought I loved to smoke. I quit at age 54 (was almost 55) and I did it on my own, essentially cold turkey, but with some online support in the way of videos and info sites--not a community like Ex. I did not really understand how addictive nicotine is and although I'd heard that it was, I refused to believe that it was really ALL that addictive. I just love, love, love to smoke...or so I thought.
Not being able to let go at all is not love,it's dependency. Funny how it feels like love, though.
Learn all you can about the addiction. Please take time to video yourself talking about how much you love to smoke--wait 24 hours, then watch--preferably on a large screen (not a smart phone screen)--sit back and watch--don't judge--just watch.
Just before I decided to quit, I thought I'd be smoking for the rest of my life--I even imagined myself dying from lung cancer--but that I was OK with. Nearly 5.5 years later and how I can see the influence of the addiction now. Took a while to stop being deluded.
Quitting is a one day at a time job. Keep coming back, keep learning.
I thought I loved smoking too. I loved nicotine. But I know its hurting me, my health and how I want and dont want to live out the rest of my years.
Glad you made it to a site, I'm new here too. I've been reading whyquit.com and Allen Carr's Easyway book. Both have my brain something to do and think while I wasnt smoking.
Wishing you the best!
If we did it you can do it!
Hope you get better soon!
Add me to the "loved to smoke" and "they'll take my last cigarette out of my cold dead fingers" group. It may take a while, and some work, and some thought, to realize what you "loved" about smoking. What you loved was the relief from withdrawal that the cigarette gave you.
The other things?
1. Me time ... you can still have that, just without a cigarette. And only when you really want it, not interrupting conversations to go smoke.
2. Break time. You should still have your breaks, without smoking. Something you enjoy, a cappucino or frappe or just some candy and conversation.
3. Reward time (chore completed, job well done, etc.)... still available, find something healthier than smoking (i.e. ANYthing but smoking) to reward yourself with. Nothing wrong with chocolate or chips.
4. Social time. You may have to forgo sitting with the smokers for a while, but just a while. After some time, being around smoke/smokers won't trigger you to want to smoke, but at first it is certainly a danger. Esp. if the social time involves alcohol (#1 quit-killer than I know of). Again, alcohol can be re-introduced slowly and carefully after the initial quit starts, if that's your thing.
What else do you love about smoking that you can't still have only without a cigarette in your hand/mouth? Figure out how to still have them and not smoke. In time you'll appreciate not smoking, and that's a guarantee!
COPD? I have it too. It will continue to get worse if you continue to smoke. Its progression will slow or stop with the cessation of smoking. You might not breathe better than now, but hopefully it won't get worse, and if you protect yourself with immunizations, then possibly hospitalizations for pneumonia and/or bronchitis won't be part of your yearly agenda.
Best to you!! Give yourself this gift of becoming a nonsmoker, its one you won't regret!
Remember "Something is only impossible until it is done by someone." It's a hard walk sometimes but if you can just take even a baby step then you're heading in the right direction to make your quit absolutely possible. Being in the hospital sick can be looked at as a godsend as you can count those days being smoke-free! Look at all of us. Many wanted to stop and others that felt they had to quit but there are so many long-term elders that felt the same way and made it through the impossible. Stay close, there is a literal nation of people here to cradle, support and motivators to help you along the way. I loved to smoke but now I can't imagine lighting up. Get well and turn this bad situation into a huge saving grace!
Welcome to Ex!!! Its so sad that your love of smoking outweighs your wanting to live. I never thought I would ever quit. Smoked for 37 years but all it took was getting winded doing the most mundane tasks to freak me out and I quit cold turkey.
Don’t know what stage of life you are in.... I have worked my butt off for 40+ years and there is no way in hell I am ripping myself off from the retirement adventures I have planned for so long. Only plan on toting suitcases not oxygen tanks around.
Seriously get real here, you are in the hospital!!!! I guess you just need to figure out if you are worth it? Its all about your attitude and wether you want to work towards having a better, healthier life. You of all people should realize there are no benefits to smoking. Quitting is so doable. This site is filled with success stories of people who loved to smoke.
You so have the ability to be successful if you decide its what you really want. We are all here for you...
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