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!
I found this site just a day ago. Today is my day three. I abruptly quit because I tested positive for Covid. I liked your story because I’m six years sober myself and I know about the obsession lifting. I quit drinking so I know it’s possible to quit this smoking yet I have to admit, it is very hard. I know I’ve held on to this as my one last thing, believing it my coping mechanism. I know it’s a lie... I have prayed that God take this from me but maybe deep inside me I wasn’t sincere. Now in face of this Covid and praying i will only have mild symptoms, I cannot add to this virus by smoking. I admire all of you who quit! It really is hard to imagine for me right now.
Welcome to Ex. Any reason is a good one to quit.
Congratulations on 3 days of freedom. You have come to the right place for support. God will help you as long as you are willing to let it go and do the work that is required. He will give you strength to get through the hard times. Trust that this will be a forever quit this time. Education is the key to a successful quit. Read the suggested material. Read the blogs, research, come here as often as possible. It is not by will power but willingness. God gives us a free choice. So choose freedom from nicotine. Welcome. You are not alone.
I liked your phrase "It is not by will power but willingness", JACKIE1-25-15; I am 10 months quit and this is the first time I have heard it put this way. As I face continued emotional-related cravings and work toward my goal to stop using nicotine gum as a replacment when those cravings do come, I will remember this. And choose to be willing.
Hannahkim12345 It wasn't easy for me either but after over 6 1/2 years smoke free, I am so glad I quit. It did get easier but, unfortunately my body is not very forgiving. Deep breath in through the nose, hold it and exhale slowly through pursed lips, drink water, it helps, so does blowing bubbles. If you exhale too quickly or too hard, you don't get any bubbles. Keep it up, you are right, you CAN do this, one day at a time.
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.
Yes they do. Honestly, they do. I was a pack a day smoker for over 30 years. Now, I could care less about them and no craves.....ever after a solid year. I am now a bit over 6 years quit. You will get there too Trish
Pulling for you Trisha76. Congrats on 29 days clean
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....
Go minute by minute
remember you saved money today
no more sneaking
Avoid rooms where you’d have a drink abd smoke
the first 3 are hardest. I couldn’t sleep needed nicotine so bad. Day 4 started feeling a little better. Give it two weeks .
if you slip , you’re human
just remember why you’re doing it
got to have a why
you’re in control
My secret for the craves: VICKS VAPOR RUB. The inhaler as well as the ointment.
I used the inhaler when out in public and the rub under my nose at home. It's magic. Killed my craves or at kept them manageable . I could not do without it. Also please read Allen Carr book ( fast easy read) The Easyway to quit smoking.
Each person is different. It depends on how long and how much you smoked. Also changing the way you think has an impact. Relearning your thinking that you do not have to smoke will help. Self talk helps.
I’m on day 5. The thought of smoking creeps into my head. I have to shake it off quickly. I cannot smoke. I tell myself it will kill me. A fleeting picture of me enjoying a cigarette but I know that’s the addiction thinking. It’s hard but I’m sticking to it. Had to come here and type. Thx.
Congrats on 5+ days smoke free. Keep moving forward one day at a time.
So grateful to be 18 days off cigarettes! It really is a mental obsession. I love all the wisdom in the support on the page. I so glad we are all on this journey together and we aren’t alone
I saved this in my library .. it was a good one for me to read when I wondered when it would get easier . I continue to thank Dan1 for what I think is an amazing post .
When Does It Get Easier?
From Danl1 Repost
"When I noticed I was here to quit, and so any contrary thought had to be some kind of mistake... It got better.
When I stopped saying `craving` when I meant `I feel like crap from decades of poisoning myself`... It got better.
When I stopped saying `I need a smoke` when I meant `I`m stressed and need to relax`... It got better.
When I noticed that a bunch of my stress was caused by struggling against wanting to do something that I didn`t want to do any longer... It got better.
When I understood it wasn`t cigarettes that I wanted, but only some of what they provided... It got better.
When I realized that almost all of what smoking provided was relief from symptoms caused by smoking (so not smoking at all was the way to fix it)... It got better.
When I noticed that everything else smoking provided I could have without killing myself or wasting my cash or time... It got better.
When I saw that the simple joys of living free beat the pants off of the best smoking had to offer... It got better.
When I saw that the tailpipe of a city bus smelled better and had far fewer poisons... It got better.
When I realized that I was not depressed about `missing my buddies` or going crazy, but instead experiencing a temporary chemical imbalance that made me feel depressed, irritable, or anxious... It got better.
When I realized that the problem was not with my willpower, motivation, or commitment - that the problem was with believing smoking`s lies and misunderstanding my body`s messages... It got better.
When I understood that addiction meant that with just one puff I would fall back in, not that I had to live with desire or craving for one second longer than I chose to... It got better.
The things that really make a quit are those moments when you realize that the whole idea of smoking was a collection of false beliefs, mistakes, and misunderstandings.
Once you see the truth, smoking ceases to be an issue. Chemistry and habit may grind at you for a few more weeks, but smoking will never again be a threat, never again be something that is desired. You will be free."
So you see it has no bearing on time but on attitude and knowledge and believing the truth thats when it all gets better!!
I love this Maki! I'm going to place it in my library too.
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