How long before i stop craving a cigarette?
Just as every person is different, so is every quit journey. So - short answer is that I can't tell you that.
This is a two part addiction, physical AND psychological. I have responded to your blog with lots of reading to do to better understand it, and given you tips for getting through it.
Do yourself a favor favor and do the reading I recommend. It, planning, preparation, support and commitment to never smoke another cigarette NO MATTER WHAT make it more likely that you will be successful.
You can do this quit believe it deep breaths and keep moving forward stacking up those precious DOF ~ Days Of Freedom it's going to take time to relearn life without the smokes BUT boy oh boy it's so worth it to be Free, for me when I stopped to think about how decades I smoked which was 40 years of at least a 30 a day and every blessed thing I did was wrapped around them than I realized that the longer we're quit the easier it gets, stay close because we're all here to help you in any way we can. Sorice1
Everyone is different, but
Nicotine withdrawal symptoms usually reach their peak 2 to 3 days after you quit, and are gone within 1 to 3 months. (1) It takes at least 3 months for your brain chemistry to return to normal after you quit smoking. (2) The last two symptoms to go usually are irritability and low energy.Aug 3, 2020
Typically the psychological part last longer. Understanding this journey, helps to make quitting doable.
Ride it out, cowboy ! Cravings won't kill you, but smoking will.
I was thinking the same thing. I have 14 DOF in and hope I don't turn back, but over the weekend that's all I could think about! UGH!!!! We need to stay strong and beat this addiction!
Deep breaths and keep moving forward stacking up those precious DOF ~ Days Of Freedom so each evening you can say YAY for another Day WON it's definetly not easy by any stretch of the imagination BUT thankfully with commitment and perseverance you will succeed in living a life of Freedom.....
Jen_819 and Sorice1 we all had some rough days early in our quits, just remember that it WILL get easier. Try to be patient...l KNOW how hard that is. I remember going through a really hard time when all l could think of was smoking or rather NOT smoking. I felt like l would lose my mind & l sure did not want to lose my quit. I asked my husband for advice, he is a recovering alcoholic of 35+ years who quit smoking over 30 years ago. He told me to get on my knees & ask God to remove the mental obsession. He said l MIGHT have to do it more than once & that it was really important that l do it on my knees. I will admit to not having much faith in that approach but l did it. I remember that l DID have to do it more than once but not over & over again. I really DID feel something lift the very first time. Sending you my best, it WILL get easier, believe that.
I will try that. It seems like whatever it is is so heavy weighing on me. I will give it to God!
Hi Sorice1, glad you're here. I saw this post and your other one that you're still smoking and you're quit date is October 5th. Are you cutting back in preparation of quitting? If so, I'd recommend not prolonging that time frame too much. I also cut back before I quit, but only for a week or two before. It did help me be prepared to quit altogether. But I've done that in the past and 'cut back' for too long and in my opinion it made quitting worse. By the time your quit date gets here you might have the attitude that you've been depriving yourself for a month already, and have prolong the withdrawal to a month plus. This is just my opinion, do what's best for you, we're here to support you. PS please don't view it as you're deprived of something when you quit, you are giving yourself a great gift, not losing anything.
It'll be a little while, but until then spend time with quitters on Ex. We know how annoying it is to decide to quit and then have cravings!!! You can find your quit one day at a time by not smoking and trying a little harder than you thought you were able. Welcome to Ex.
Welcome and CONGRATS on nicotine freedom
I do not think the cravings ever go completely away. You just have to use your tool box knowledge to get through them. I am only on day 29 but had tried to quit years ago 5 different times and the longest I made it was 3 months. This time I just know that I am done being a slave to this addition. It really is a day to day approach to your emotional needs and conquering your fears.
Trisha, Congratulations on 29 days!!! The cravings do go away and for good. Staying smober will get you there.
I’m 91 days quit, cold turkey! The thing that has helped me with the cravings is drinking water and eating citrus fruits. I think learning to cope with the cravings will drive the cravings away.
Sorice1... as was said above, each person's quit is unique..to include the length of time that cravings remain. I can only speak for myself, but in the beginning I craved at various times throughout the day. Day after day after day.... But, over time, it has gotten so I now crave maybe just 2-3 times per day and not as intensely as I did in the beginning. I smoked for over 60 years and am now quit for 8 months and 6 days; all I can say to you is that I have found it DOES get easier the longer I am quit. I wish you well...stick with it...and lean on us, that's what we are here for....
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