Went to doctor today and basically he said, I am close to getting bourbon w fingers from smoking
School of Hard Knocks...
I set date to 2 weeks from today
That's gout, not bourbon ... LOL
Welcome to the Ex. LOL - what, you're getting bourbon? I want your doctor. Glad you picked a quit date. Spend the time educating yourself about nicotine addiction and create a quit plan. My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX . There's so much I didn't know. Knowledge and preparation makes quitting doable. I also signed up for daily text messages from the Ex. They really helped my stay positive leading up to my quit date. Having the support here has made all the difference for me this time. We're here for you--just reach out.
Thank you Barb
Welcome to our community!
I can keep you plenty busy with reading, planning and preparing for your quit. We will support you all along the way!
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 easy and entertaining read provided a world of good information about nicotine addiction, most of which I was not aware. I credit it in large part with my success at quitting. You can search for it online or at your local library.
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. It is proving unsafe, and it's simply trading one addiction for another.
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-smoke
The 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!
Hi and Welcome to Ex’s...
Glad you set the date to quit smoking...be sure to follow the advice above me 100 Things to do instead of smoking! Much of this journey in the beginning is replacing smoking with healthy activities...Keep this list close. Be sure to keep close to the support site to get help and to encourage others on this journey....~ Colleen 381 DOF
Welcome to the community you've made the best decision that you'll ever make in your lifetime and it's definetly the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE, 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 it's doable PLUS it's so worth it to be able to go anywhere anytime whenever wherever and however without wondering where to sneak off to suck on a damned Cancer Stick when your quit date rolls around in two weeks you can and will turn your DAY ONE INTO DAY WON with many more to come stay close because we're all here to help you in any way we can.....
Thank you so much Marilyn
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Check in and read offen, maybe play a game or two! Welcome to a great club!
JuneBug-I am setting to quit also. I set me quit date as Jan 1st. Let's do this together & prove that it CAN be done. I cannot have the spinal fusion surgery I need until I am 2-4 weeks nicotine free. Nicotine inhibits the fusion of the bone. I do not want or plan to fail at this because I HAVE TO DO THIS. The longer I put it off, the longer I have to suffer walking with a can if walking at all.
I find that most of my smoking is done out of boredom. It's a HABIT that I plan to change & substitute with other things.
Good Luck to you & me!
Glad to see you're still here. What did you decide on? Are you going to use NRT in addition to the Webutrin?
Use this time to continue to educate yourself about this a addiction and work on your quit plan. It is helpful to understand that this is an addiction, more than a habit. That's why it can be so hard to quit. If you're interested, sign up for text messages from the Ex. Receiving them everyday leading up to my quit was really motivating. Stay close and reach out if you need help. Looking forward to celebrating with you in the New Year.
Oh yes! I'm still here. And Yes-I signed up for the daily text messages. They're awesome. I HAVE educated myself that this IS an addiction & have alerted family members as such. Everyone is helpful & encouraging in my family & circle of friends.
Thanks for reaching out to me! (cute name of yours) I'm a Barb also!
That's great that you have support. Some quitters don't--that's why the Ex can make a difference. Cloud was my dog that I lost last January.
Happy Holidays to my namesake.
And to answer your original question-I am NOT going to use NRT. I am addicted to nicotine so I need to be free & off of nicotine completely. I hope to get off of the Wellbutrin at some point also.
Cheering on whatever you decide. It's always your journey. We're just here to support what works for you. You're success is our success!!!!
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