I need help bad to quit I have alot of health issues I got to quit
Welcome - hello Dixiedarlin82 - please when a craving hits bite into a lemon and then come here and blog BEFORE you take that first puff - please give us time to respond - thank you
Welcome to the community please read 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 thankfully with commitment and perseverance it's doable please educate yourself by doing the reading which will prepare you for picking a quit then when your day ONE arrives keep your mind as well as your hands occupied so at the end of the you'll be turning 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. Dixiedarlin82
Thank you I need to get a quit coach and sponsor how can I do that
Give it a chance . It's worth it . You are worth it .
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Read the info in the best of Ex at the bottom of the page to help you get started .
Welcome to the community!
ALL that you believe a cigarette does for you is a lie. That sense of peace you get when you light one up is nothing but the discontinuance of the jonesing your brain is doing for its fix - until it wears off and it starts the cycle all over again. You don't really have to WANT to quit, but you must be willing to quit. Read on to better understand the hold this addiction has on 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!
Hi and Welcome to Ex’s Dixiedarlin82
You have received some great advice above me...do the work and keep close to the support site for help. We are here for you...~ Colleen 598 DOF
I just sent you a private message Dixiedarlin82 It think it will help you make a plan to quit and stay quit! You can do this! I smoked for over 50 years and I will be quit two years on August12, 2020. God bless and help you! You can do this!
I THINK... sorry!
I can only speak from my own experience Dixiedarlin82. So here goes:
I have many, many, many previous unsuccessfl quits.
Looking back, I was always quitiing for others: primarily my kids and / or my doctors, just to get them all off my back.
This time, however, I quit for myself...
Just a suggestion, but consider putting aside your doctor telling you that you need to quit. Then grab paper and pen, go to a quiet place, and write down any reasons why YOU want to quit. NOT why others say you should quit/
Then take these reasons why you want to quit and use them as a foundation to build a successful quit for you!
I hope this will be helpful for you. While I have a quit plan that addresses what to do should I have cravings, the main framework of my quit are the reasons I chose to quit.
Wishing you the best~ Suzy
Welcome to the Ex. Changing your thinking might help. Wanting to quit for my health finally made sense to me--not doctors telling me for years you "need" to quit. Many quitters need support to be successful--we're here to help you. Pick a date and use the time to educate yourself about nicotine addiction and create a plan. Both these steps led to a successful quit for me.
Acknowledging that it is an addiction, is the first step your journey.
Stay close and move forward one day at a time.
Have you talked to your doctor about taking Wellbutrin or something like that? I'm not suggesting that you take medication, I'm wondering if you have talked to your doctor. Or have you talked to them about nicotine replacement therapy?
No one wants to quit. Almost no one.That's because this is an addiction. You are dependent on nicotine. Like all of us were. If you want the addiction to be over, you have to do the work to get over it. But, Ex is here for you every day. We're here to help one another.
Also, quitting is done one day at a time.
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