Day 2 not Juuling! Got rid of pods, Juul’s and chargers. Used to go through a 5% pod a day. Chewing constantly on tea tree/cinnamon tooth picks. Feeling waves of anxiety and panic any tips?
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You are addicted to the nicotine you get from vaping, and withdrawing from it is going to be a difficult task. Anxiety is to be expected as your body chemistry adjusts to life without it. The early days of this adjustment suck - no two ways about it, but if you keep at it, it WILL get easier. And - the only way out of this addiction is to go through the early stages of withdrawal. Read all you can to understand it all better. I am glad you have decided to seek our help to break free! It isn't easy – but it IS doable!
Although primarily a smoking cessation site, I have seen a huge increase in the number of people coming for help to break free from vaping. You will need to substitute “vape” or “device” as you do the reading I will recommend. Research suggests nicotine may be as addictive as heroin and cocaine. Because vaping is available to you most anywhere, anytime, I believe it might be more difficult from which to break free than regular tobacco products - but it CAN be done!
Nicotine addiction is nicotine addiction - no matter the delivery device - and how to beat any of them is about the same. Every time you read :"cigarette" in the information I will give you, just sub "Juul" or “vape,” or “device.” The one thing different I would recommend is that you first start to reduce the nicotine content of the pods. Start with a lesser amount in, like, one in every four, then three, etc. until you are only using the smallest amount, or reduce the amount of nicotine in the pods over time. That way the physical withdrawal should be more manageable. You might find useful information, as well, here: https://truthinitiative.org/research-resources/quitting-smoking-vaping/quitting-e-cigarettes.
I recommend that you educate yourself on what nicotine does to your body and mind To that end, I suggest Allen Carr's “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.” . Vaping was not a concern when this was written, so you will need to sub “vape”as necessary. This is an easy and entertaining read which can be found online or at your local library. If you do nothing else to get ready for your quit, please do give this a read. 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.
IThe idea is to change up your routines so the vaping associations are reduced. Drink your coffee with your OTHER hand in a place different from where you vaped. Maybe switch to tea for a bit. If you always had that first puff 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 vape so the view is different. Take a different route when you are out and about so you aren't driving by your vaping supply shop. Take a quick walk at break time instead of vaping.
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 vaping 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 vape 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 to vape" 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!
Thank you for your helpful tips! I will defiantly look into everything you have written out! I’ve read a lot about Allen Carr’s quit smoking (subbed with vaping). The reason I decided to go cold turkey is because I was experiencing small chest pains. They have gone away since I stopped. I’ve tried several time lowering my nicotine level, but I always go back to 5%.
I’m getting to the point where I feel like having any vapor in my lungs is not the best decision for myself or for the way my brain is programmed there’s no such thing as weaning off based on past experience. Reading all these stories about juuls & lung issues I don’t want to end up in the hospital by putting more vapor in my body. Cold turkey seems to be working, even though my anxiety is spiked I’m an hour away from making it to day 3 (tracking on an app). Seeing all the progress I’m making on the app makes me even more motivated not to turn back. I think my reasoning for not using (gum, patches and inhalers) which I have tried in the past is I always go back. I feel if I can get through those withdrawals for as long as it takes I won’t want to suffer from it again. Need to be nicotine free.
I really appreciate the support and I don’t think there’s any turning back now. I’m cant say I won’t smoke a cigarette again in my lifetime, but I’ll use all my will power before I put any nicotine again into my body. I’m trying to figure out replacements. Right now it’s chewing toothpicks and organic lollipops. I’m hoping to start exercising and jogging once my lungs & heart have repaired a bit. I don’t want to push them to hard while they are still sensitive and recovering. Feels good to be in a community like this and again, thank you for all the support.
You don't have to do a full-fledged run to exercise. Even marching in place works, or doing half a set of stairs a couple of times a day. or jumping jack motions with your arms and only moving your legs apart with each repetition (not actually jumping), or chair yoga (on YouTube) all work. ANY kind of movement will help lessen your anxiety a bit.
I find going for a neighborhood walk, even at a leisurely pace, always makes me feel better.
Congrats on three days. It should get a tad better with each day now. No miracles yet, but a tad!
Thank you! I took the advice and just walked up and down the stairs to my apartment. Did 10 push-ups when I woke up. You are right, the little bits of exercise help the anxiety! I’ve started walking my dog more then usual and she’s loving it, using my negative energy and turning it into positive.
I also used Juul, and I wrote about it here: How to Quit JUUL (or vaping in general)
You did great by throwing out all the stuff. That's always the first thing I tell people to do.
Anxiety will pass. Take nice, slow, deep breaths. Find something pleasingly fragrant to inhale. Cinnamon is a good choice. Remind yourself that what you're feeling is the addiction wanting you back.
IT WILL PASS. It always does.
Thank you for your suggestions! I ordered a huge box of red licorice and have been loving it! Also very proud of you and the fact that you quit juuling it gives me motivation. Day by day right? The withdrawals always pass and each day my sleep gets better. The more stressful situations I got through and don’t rely on my Juul I feel the stronger I get it’s tough though. I do have a short fuse, while driving today I noticed I was reaching for my Juul when someone cut me off, but I grabbed a tooth pick instead. Mind over matter, mind over matter is what I keep telling myself!
Congrats on day 3 of your journey and welcome to the Ex. It's still a nicotine addiction, so you're going to experience the same withdrawal symptoms. Anxiety is very common early on. We all have our favorite tools--I used Sour Patch Kids, chewing on straws, keeping busy, and exercising. Walking is really great. I would just walk out the door and go a few blocks to refocus my thoughts.
Keep moving forward one day at a time and remind yourself "I don't do that anymore".
It will be easier if you look at more more as willingness than willpower. There are many posts on this topic.
We're here for you. Just reach out if you need encouragement or want to share our journey.
Thank you so much! I’ve started taking more drives and walking my Dog, Julia. She’s been a real support system, every time I think about Juuling I look at her and that helps a lot. She’s so positive and doesn’t need substances to be happy. Almost on day four and staying busy, got into a stressful situation and napped it off. I’ve been taking more walks everyday and trying to be more physical. Slowing finding my grounding. I appreciate all of the support!
Great advice above. Welcome to Ex. Congratulations on quitting juul and reaching out for help. Taking action just as you have --one day at a time, will get you where you want to go. Exers are rooting for you!
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