I use the patch and smoke anyway. Does this group endorse the patch or another mode.
Does one ask for a sponsor
The patch is an aide that is suggested here if you have tried other means that did not work. Be mindful that it is an aide to take the edge off of the withdrawal. You must follow the instructions. In the end, you will still have to wean yourself from the patch. How you choose to quit is up to you Many have been successful using the patch. I chose not to. I used medication.
Education is the key to successfully quit. Read, Study, Blog and be willing to do the work. With the help of the EX Community, you can have a forever quit. Start by educating yourself about the addiction to nicotine. Nicotine Addiction 101 and. Know the LAW! Go to My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX and review the videos and learn more about your triggers and how to prepare when the urges come I was advised to read Allen Carr's Easyway to Quit Smoking which can be found on pdf on the web. Home. To get help on navigating this site go to. Community Help, Welcome
Thank you. I bought allan carrs book and i have committed to read all of it.
Going to stay close to this site
First of all, I'm no expert, but if you google this, smoking and using the patch can be dangerous--too much nicotine. Most people here don't endorse a specific method to quit. There are some who believe in totally doing it cold turkey and other's that have used different aids and been successful at quitting. No sponsors, there's a community here to support you. What do you want to do? Do you want to quit? We're here to support you, but it's your decision on quitting and how you want to do it. Tell us more.
My plan is to read things on the site and follow direction.
Also it was suggested i read Allan carr s bok i bought it today. He is giving me hope.
I smoked while wearing a patch for yrs. Even now, many organizations including Quitnow advocate heavier smokers use the patch and nicotine gum/lozenges which is what I did this time. What was different this time was a change in my attitude, and my copd had become much worse.
Welcome to our community!
If you are going to continue to smoke, ditch the patch. You are only making your eventual withdrawal from the nicotine more difficult because you are ingesting MORE. We provide a proven method to help you quit, but you must make up your mind and commit to not smoking another cigarette NO MATTER WHAT. It is a bit difficult in the early days, but it DOES GET EASIER. You just need to give it some time - and deal with it a day at a time.
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. A lot of folks here found that it made all the difference in their ability to quit.
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.
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 after you have tried to delay and distract. 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. You need to start out with a plan to reduce use of them over time - which the patch does by decreasing the dose contained in them.. For the gum, you can start by cutting each piece in half, then in quarters, then sub regular gum of the same flavor in between, adding more and more regular gum. For the lozenge, you need to start subbing a mint in between to begin, increasing the number of them over time. I do not recommend the e-cigarette for four 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, 3) the batteries can spontaneously catch on fire and 4) you can become addicted to that and it has not yet been proven safe .
It will be informative if you do the tracking and separation exercises recommended here on the site. 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!
You may not believe you can do this, but you can. Many, many, many have quit and there are a lot of strong quit voices right here on Ex. Read and learn how each has done it. Keep talking/blogging here at Ex--quit company is good company. We help one another out here and this means you too and that's 365 days of the year.
One day at a time you can head yourself toward a quit you feel OK about and then get on with staying quit--also one day a time.
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Welcome to the community please read the links suggested above me and keep reading everything you can because there's a wealth of information right here on this site to strengthen your resolve to kick the nicotine poison to the curb permanently it's not easy by any stretch of the imagination BUT boy oh boy it's so worth it, you can and will be successful one precious Smokefree Day at a time or hour minute or even a second at a time believe it deep breaths and know that we're all here to help you in any way we can.....
HI and Welcome to Ex’s...Claudiabi
You have gotten yourself good advice above me...many of us failed in quitting...but you have to quit ... set a date...and work the program...We are here for you because we all are in this journey together... ~ Colleen 306 DOF
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