Hi I have quit now for 31 days, broke today and had 3, how to I get back on track?
I am so sorry to read this. You get back on track by puttimg them down and continuing on; regain your quit and take control back. Spend time thinking honestly about what allowed you to slip, and decide what you will do if you encounter it again.
Protect your quit....don't give up on it.
You're going to get a lot of advice....take it. You're worth fighting for!!!
Hi Susan, I have been on the patch now I have stepped down, I am thing I should just go off the patch it might be better.
I was on the patch also. I found the first three days of stepping down were the hardest, but that was because I wasn't giving my body the nicotine it once had. If you find you can go without it for a full day, then go without. I had to do 8 weeks and then I went off, but that's just me. You may have to go the 12 weeks. see how it goes, but don't give up
so should I finish step 2, and then go to 3?
yes, BUT if you ever have a day where you forgot to put it on, it fell off and you didn't know it, what helped me was that I always kept one with me. For some reason for those 2 months or so, that was comforting that I had it just in case
Hi, I have 3 patches left in step 2, then I go to the last step, is it going to get worst since I smoked?
no, just get rid of those cigarettes and don't give them the what if loop hole. Simply tell yourself when the urge hits, I don't do that anymore, that's just not part of me. that's just something I used to do. Be committed, stick to it, you can do this ;-)
ok, I just took out all the cig. got them went, and put them outside in the trash, tomorrow I have to babysit my 1 year old grandson so I will keep very busy, so thanks for all the help, I will check in before I go to bed.
You have to have a plan. Keep cold water close by. Learn some breathing techniques you are going to need them. Prepare songs to sing to grandson. Maybe read some books. Enjoy your smoke free day with him.
should I just go to patch 3, and just be done?
This is how you get back on track: Any cigarettes in the house, get rid of them. From this day forward, whoever you know smokes, tell them never give you a cigarette no matter how you whine for it. Find out what made you smoke after 30 days and come up with a plan of what you're going to do next time it comes up, because trust me, it will come up again. Here's some food for thought: DID YOU PLAN YOUR RELAPSE? Stay close. type the words help into a blog and someone will come running. Sometimes just keeping a notebook by you and writing down what's going on helps until the urge or situation passes....... you can do this. Develop your game plan. If this happens, I will do _______
I am a cold turkey quitter....I didn't use NRT at all. Let's get you some help......... jonescarp.aka.dale.Jan_2007, Giulia, Youngatheart.7.4.12... any patch advice?
I won't give you advice but I will give you a perspective.
The patch doesn't keep you from thinking of smoking.
The patch doesn't keep you from smoking.
If it did, you wouldn't have smoked.
I used 10 patches and didn't put any emphasis on what they were doing. I trusted they were doing what they were supposed to do.
My 4th day, I forgot to put one on and I went without it. I knew it was 10 minutes away
The following week when I forgot to wear one two days in a row,I stopped using them;
That was over 10 years ago.
It was not the patch that kept me quit for 10 years.
It was not willpower that kept me quit for 10 years.
It was realizing
I kept one in my wallet for my entire first year with the promise I would put it on rather than smoke.
Nicotine makes you want nicotine
What To Expect In The First Four Months
ok, I have 3 patches left, and I will just stay positive, I know I can do it I just put so much stress on myself thinking I am going to fail.
This is the hardest part of the quit: if you think you'll fail, you will. Don't allow yourself to think that way.
Seriously, you can do it. I'm so glad you reached out. Quitting sucks, but it can't be THAT bad, or millions of us wouldn't do it.
Hi Diamond, sorry that you smoked. Quitting smoking is more than just using NRT's you still have certain behaviors that you must relearn. I am not sure whether you have been studying about nicotine addiction so here is a little bit of info that will help you along the way. If you already have this disregard. Education is the key to a successful quit.
Start First, by educating yourself about nicotine addiction. Education is the key to a successful quit.
Read: Freedom from Nicotine My Journey Home and Nicotine Addiction 101
Here are the links http://whyquit.com/whyquit/LinksAAddiction.html and http://whyquit.com/ffn/
Also Read Allen Carr’s book, “Easy Easier Way to Quit Smoking”.
The link is here: http://media.wix.com/ugd/74fa87_2010cc5496521431188f905b7234a829.pdf
Go to the home click on Community Help tab and get started. We will support you. You are in your journey for freedom. Stay close and let me know how things are going. If you like I will follow you and you follow me so we can be connected.
I didn't use patches but it makes sense to me to just start again on the strength you were using.
Take a moment, too, to think about what caused you to make that decision to smoke and make a plan now for what you will do differently next time the same circumstance/emotion happens.
This really is quite simple! You make the decision not to smoke another cigarette NO MATTER WHAT and you honor that decision.
You can't win an argument with yourself about it - so don't have it!
You CAN do this! I have faith in you.
The sooner you quit and stay that way, the faster your recovery will go. No cigarettes, lighters, ashtrays, or other smoking paraphernalia in the house, make it HARD to smoke and make getting rid of smoking materials a "ritual", dowse them in water crumble them up, tell them they are no longer in charge. I never used the patch, I quit cold/smart turkey. I would say you keep going as if you never smoked but I am not sure that's the best advice. No one can MAKE you smoke anymore than anyone can make you quit. We all want to help but you have to take the steps one at a time.
Hi there. I'm a cold turkey quitter myself, so can't advise on NRT's and such. I would suggest you get back on the quit horse ASAP. Every hour and every day you continue to smoke, the addiction reinforces itself and implants it's nicotine seeking prongs into your brain receptors. HOW you go about getting back on track would be to reinforce the positives of quitting. Main way to do that is to read and continue your education. There's a lot of good material in Relapse Prevention. Do a search for relapsetraps (no spaces). Check out Best of EX. Also take this opportunity to learn more about yourself and the reason you relapsed. The more you delve deeply into the WHY, the better prepared you'll be to handle future relapse triggers.
Losing a quit is never easy, but getting it back can be it you start right back. I had been quit for 519 days and I smoked 50 in less than 24 hours. I was so upset with myself, that part was not easy. When I woke up the next morning I started all over again and it has been much better this time than last. I have 55 days free already!
I am glad you soaked the cigs. can't smoke 'em when they are wet! Begin again!
I don't know about the patches I went cold/smart turkey and got it over with!
You can do this! ~Terrie~
Keep us updated, we all want you to be successful. This is a journey, it is one day at a time and some days are definitely harder than others but they are ALL doable!
Wake up in the morning and don't smoke. You have done it before and you can again. Just do it. <>
Hey, Diamond. How's it going? Did you put them back down?
Hope you are having g a good day, Diamond! ~Terrie~
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