The effects of nicotine
I used the patch for a while, from March through June, and did well, but when I went off the patch, I started bumming smokes here and there. My anxiety level was very high, perhaps for other reasons in addition to quitting smoking, but still it undermined my confidence to some extent.
I set a new quit date and went cold turkey because I didn't really have much nicotine in my system. But even though I was doing okay, I bought some patches and started using them, the lowest dose ones.
It has made a remarkable difference. I'm actually surprised. I thought that at this point in my quit, most of it was due to psychological factors, but the difference with the patch has shown me that there is a strong physiological component still there.
I do want to be nicotine free, but I'm facing a lot of stressors in the next period coming up so I decided to go back to the patch to make sure that I was supported and not even tempted. It feels like the right decision. And if I have to, I'll stick with the patch until my life settles down again.
I wonder if people have found that there are powerful effects of nicotine.