Im trying to decide if i should quit cold turkey or with a medication replacement.
Welcome. There are NRT Nicotine Replacement Therapy which are patches, lozenges, gum, inhalers which have worked for many if used properly. The same goes for the Medication such as Welbutrin, Chantix which has also worked for others. The medication worked for me. I just set a deadline of how long I was going to use it and adhered to it.. Many have gone cold turkey which has also had it's benefits. I believe that it is a choice what would work best for the individual.
I didn't have success using meds the way they said. If I had nicotine in me I craved it from a cigarette.
Using it as an option for emergencies when I am having a "fit", something to calm me when I want to reach for that smoke, is working much better.
You just keep on that train! It gets easier and easier; do what you have to do to stay quit!
Hi there... WELCOME~~
The important thing is to quit smoking. Not how you do it, there isn't really a "best" way. The way that works to get you smoke-free and keep you smoke-free is YOUR "best way". Cold turkey works for many, NRT's work for many, and medications (Wellbrutin, Chantix) have worked for many.
Congratulations on your decision to quit smoking!! Your biggest "quit aids" will be your commitment, attitude and EDUCATION about this addiction. Stay close, read read read, and post all you can. Just don't smoke !!
Whatever quit works for you, that is what you should do. Whyquit.com outlines why quitting without NRT is the way to go however, some of the latest research shows a combination of patches and gum/lozenges to be very effective.
Ultimately, you will find people here who have quit both ways. The most important thing is to ensure you have a great support group, this site works rather well, but wherever you get it, just ensure you get it.
Welcome to the Ex!
Some say cold turkey is better as you "get through it" faster. I never believed I would make it without some help so I use the patch. The first week I also used nicotine lozenges. Like jackie pointed out, it's important to set a deadline and be careful with lozenges, gum as some people will get addicted to them.
Welcome. I used nicotrol inhalers and Welbutrin. In addition, the support from this community helped to make it all possible.
I believe Mayo Clinic research says you are much more likely to be successful on NRT's than without. I know I could not have done it without NRT's.
From whyquit.com and is an American Cancer Society graphic. Nearly 90% of quitters do so cold Turkey.
The problem with the claim of doubling the chance of quitting is in the study methodology. Those in the study received heavy counseling; most people receive little to no counseling in real life! The fact is, advertisers utilize this for their product though it has been found that this does not translate from a clinical setting to real life.
I haven't found a study to support this, but it would seem support and counseling are critical factors. If we were able to survey every quitter for how they felt they were supported and whether there was counseling, my hypothesis is we would find a critical factor in quitting smoking.
At the end of the day, whatever method gets you there, is the method you should use. Whatever will work for you, do that!
In case counseling/ support is rather important, keep the Sexy Exers close!
Well, I ended up getting hooked on the nicotine gum and still smoked! Some use it to quit successfully, but I didn't. I was never able to quit cold turkey. What DID work for me was Wellbutrin (same as Zyban) in combination with the patch. Since I couldn't "dose" myself with the patch, as I could with the gum, I didn't continue my nic addiction with it. I stayed on the Wellbutrin for three months and used the patch concurrently for six weeks to fade off the nicotine.. It worked for me.
I tried Zyban also. It works great, but I had side effects that I couldn't live with. I wish I was able to get past them as it was like magic. haha
If you really want to quit smoking successfully you need to unlearn the hand to mouth and inhale ritual.
you can't do that still making the same motions with a battery instead of a flame.
The safest NRT is the patch because you aren't going for an instant fix with the gum. lozenge or whatever.
It's the only one that doesn't involve the constant "reaching for satisfaction" routine.
With the patch, you base the strength on how much nicotine you were getting just before you quit.
THEN, you trust it. You trust it.
You don't get the ups and downs from self dosing.
You learn faster in that way because you aren't always thinking about getting nicotine. You know you are because you trust it.
When you forget to put it on for a day and then a couple days straight, you probably don't need it anymore.
Sorry, but have to disagree. The nicotrol inhaler really worked for me. We're all different.
I'm not sure who you are disagreeing with, I am assuming it is to what I posted.
I'm not sure what you disagree with if it is me, is it
1. 90% of quitters do so without NRT?
2. You should do whatever gets you quit?
3. NRT studies combine a higher degree of counseling than what is practiced real world (perhaps why the results don't translate).
4. Counseling/support may be the greatest indicator to success (personal hypothesis).
If it is 1, you may want to consider disagreeing, even the CDC states most quit without NRT.
That doesn't mean don't due it, refer to #2, if stats sway you to a single course, then one shouldn't try to quit as 94% fail (hence the 6% ers).
I would be happy to discuss any of the stats, I'm studying them all the time, looking at efficacy by length of time, quit statistics by method, and so forth. I don't always like what I see, such as nearly 10% of quitters with 3 years under their belt will relapse, but it is scientifically proven. I hope to identify the gap in wanting to quit and actually quitting.
I think she's disagreeing with me?
Perhaps on the different method of NRT, that makes sense!
I could see her point there. With the inhaler, it is at least prescribed, so a doctor should be regularly involved.
I also see the patch point. The only problem I have seen with the patch is that if you fail once, you are in likely to ever succeed with it (99% failure rate 2nd time around).
There has to be a methodology that is more firm than 6%, as you probably know, no matter the method of quitting, relapse rates remain constant.
Just have to commit to keep on keeping on. I was looking forward to a good debate...challenging common perceptions is a great way to learn and expand knowledge!
I totally get that, but why not make it a little easier if you can. This is one of the hardest things you many do in your life. Success is success, not matter how your cut it.
Easier is great. Believing you can't stay quit without them and continuing the nicotine reward cycle can turn into a dependency.
Yes, I am aware that relapse rates remain consistent despite the modality of quitting.
Some methods of NRT become a cigarette replacement, not a method of quitting nicotine. Gum is the NRT that I've seen to be the most likely, though the argument can be made that vaping yields similar results.
NRT can make it easier. Despite the studies documenting that it can make you 2x more likely to stay quit, other studies have shown that the clinical trials do not translate to real life, counseling being a major difference between the two.
Most people just buy NRT and think that will do it. They don't even follow the directions most of the time (guilty). NRT will help you not smoke or vape, but one still has to develop the mentality necessary to stay quit!
Yep. That doesn't happen often.
Too bad, I was really looking forward to a Saturday afternoon discussion
We used to call those a ruckus around here.
My major point was you unlearn the "thought and response" ritual easier using the patch, not that something else couldn't work
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