I need some help quitting!
Julie1962 Patches and other NRT are not provided to most of our members however some members have access to premium services as their employer or health plan provider sponsors them through the EX Program. Looking at your account it doesn't appear you are sponsored so you'll need to contact your state's quit line at 800-QUIT-NOW or their website if you are in need. Your healthcare provider or county health services may have additional ideas if things don't pan out. If you think you should be sponsored you can contact via Private Message with more details and I can look into it more.
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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 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. If you do nothing else to get ready for your quit, please do give this a read.
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. Here is a video to inform you further about nicotine addiction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpWMgPHn0Lo&feature=youtu.be.
I am happy to read you have decided to use the patch since they are one of the NRT's that don't allow the addict to control the dose, and you are less likely to become addicted to them. I want to pass on two pieces of information I have learned from folks here. If you have trouble getting the patch to stay on, you might switch to a generic brand as they seem to attach better. Also, some folks have found they have vivid dreams and restless sleep if they leave it on at night. If you find this to be true for you, take the patch off before bed and apply a new one each morning. Keep in mind that you are saving money by not buying cigarettes when you quit, and that savings can go towards your patches' purchase.
It will be informative if you do the tracking and separation exercises recommended here on the site before you quit. As you track each cigarette smoked, note its importance, and what you might do instead. Put each one off just a little to prove that you don't NEED a cigarette just because you think you do.
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-smokeThe 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!
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