How are you trying to quit?
I guess you can say I quit cold turkey
Hi Mashia38 .
I quit cold turkey .
I tried with NRTs too , like gum , inhalers and the patch but my heart was not in it and I often gave up on my third day . I'd find a way out and blame the NRT for not working , or others , or situations .
I wanted the miracle quit you know , the one with absolutely no cravings . Cravings are really a healing part of the process to quit .
So are you wondering if you should go cold turkey or use NRTs ?
Congratulations to you for taking steps to find your way .
As for my quit I don't regret at all doing my quit cold turkey but every one is different and that's ok . Its not one size fits all . It's good to see you doing some research and getting ideas . That's really great , or if you've already chosen CT no matter what we are here for you.
One thing I learned. If we put our whole self into it , lean on our support systems , cold turkey or NRT will work if we do the work .
All the best and welcome to Ex
I quit cold turkey. There were a lot of reasons....I'm afraid of taking any medicine so the wellbutrin route was out.....also didn't like the idea of the patch...gum and lozenges...yuck. But mainly it was because ALL of that costs money. I didn't want to spend more money quitting smoking as I was sick at the thought of the money I was wasting while smoking. Don't let anything you read scare you...cold turkey is not really that bad...it is hyped to be so awful you can't do it...but that is not true. Quitting can be tough...no sense in sugar coating it. But it is certainly not impossible.....look how many people do it. You have to be prepared for rough days but you also have to believe ( and I PROMISE YOU...it's true!!) that quitting smoking is one of the best decisions you will ever make. It is fantastic to be free from that horrible addiction.
Every quit is different. Do your research and decide what you want to do. But remember.....no NRT can quit for you. It may help but in the end....the quit is yours to do.
Welcome to EX....we are all here for each other.
I quit Cold Turkey as well...I have nothing against NRT's but my quit was rather sudden and I HAD to quit because I could not breathe. It was better for me to get the nicotine out of my body as soon as I could by drinking lots of fluids and not smoking or putting any other nicotine in my body. There is a blog from days gone by that I think you might like I am going to copy the link for you here:
A Smart Turkey
Best to you,
Cold turkey quitter here, also 3/1/06. But as Ellen said above me, it really was the Smart Turkey way I did it. But we're all different. Some of us jump into the cold water all at once and get ourselves wet, others inch their way in slowly bit by bit. You know yourself better than any of us. You know what's best for you. Trust your instincts. Our instincts rarely let us down.
Cold turkey for me also... just rip that bandaid right off. Went thru all kinds of crazies, but it was well worth it. Smoking is not even in my thoughts.
Cold turkey and free seven plus years. Once nicotine was out of my body I was determined not to let the killer back in any shape or form. Breaking up is hard to do but once you make of your mind you can do this.
Hi and Welcome to Ex’s Mashia38
So glad you found our site. I did a combination of cutting down and then I quit cold turkey. That being said, even though we are all addicts it is important to plan a quit that works for you. One that gets you and keeps you quit, without adopting another addiction. To help you decide read at My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX where you will set your quit date and plan what and when you will do it...then read all you can about addiction/quitting smoking, etc., here and on the net. Lastly, keep close to us, the support group, we are here to help you. This journey isn’t easy, but it is doable.
Happy Friday...~ Colleen 508 DOF
Welcome to the community!
Just as no two people are the same, there is no one way to be successful at quitting smoking. I suggest you do some reading and decide what you think is best for YOU!
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 for obvious reasons:
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!
I made a decision that I would give it my all even though I felt uncertain about quitting. After that I made a plan for 2.5 weeks using the internet to search for solid information. I decided to quit by calling a carton my last carton--so I did not really set a quit date. When I quit, I kept watching quit stuff on youtube (I listened to stories by those who had quit for a solid period of time). I received support emails (quote of the day) from my state's quit program. It wasn't that I chose to quit cold turkey, it's that I thought that was all that would work.
Turns out, making a decision to quit works with any quit plan.
Cold turkey, after a plan that spanned a few months of preparation.
I started with the Nicoderm CQ step 1 patches I received free from the state Quitline. I was miserable. The cravings were constant. I ate all the time. No idea how much weight I've gained. My doctor gave me a prescription for Step 2 & 3.
Still craving most of the day. About the 2nd week of Step 2 it seemed cravings were a bit less. 4 day's before I finished Step 2 it occurred to me I forgot to change patch. It was at night so I decided to wait until morning to replace it. Then I forgot to replace it. So I went 2 days without a patch.
I'm now on Day 50 of my quit.
I did finish that box & have had a few rough days when I've used the Step 3 patches but not wearing one every day anymore. Also pretty much only eating Hot Fries occasionally instead of the movie theater box of Junior Mints or a lb of grapes a day. Mostly in the car.
As much trouble as I had the 1st month of my quit I would've never made it without the extra help from the patches. I have much admiration for Cold Turkey quitters. Personally I just couldn't do it.
So Mashia, now that you've gotten all these wonderful responses - what do you think? Looks like you've set a quit date about a month away. Has any of this input been helpful to you?
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