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Zoloft

Hi AmJ,
 
It's encouraging to see that you are seeing success in facing your fears.
Try speaking to your doctor about the benefits and side effects of Zoloft.  Your doctor may also be able to provide you with alternate solutions if you're really against taking medication.
 
Keep us updated!
 

Samantha, Health Educator
14 years ago 0 19 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
In a Pickle

Hi Davit,
 
I'm glad you can see the positives in your experience.  It is definitely beneficial to the other members.
What will it look like when you are totally cured?

Samantha, Health Educator
14 years ago 0 19 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Almost 7 years and I wanted to stop in...

Hi Debbie,
 
That is amazing!  Your success will definitely offer encouragement and support to those on the boards.
Keep it up!
 

Samantha, Health Educator
14 years ago 0 19 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Please Welcome our New Health Educator!

Thanks for the warm welcome everyone!
I'm excited to be a part of this community of such strong individuals!

Samantha, Health Educator
14 years ago 0 19 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
4 months and loving it

Hi Cristina,
 
Congratulations, your perseverance is admirable! 
 
Can you offer some techniques you've used to resist cravings, especially while living with a smoker?
 

Samantha, Health Educator
14 years ago 0 19 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
thirty days

Deb, you are correct.  Often times relapses occur in the first 3 months due to situational triggers and are usually unexpected. These are the times when people reach for cigarettes automatically because they associate smoking with relaxing. It's hard to prepare yourself for this kind of situation until it happens, so it's important to recognize it when it does. 
 
Jeniwho, smoking is a habit that you can break!  Try to recognize what triggers your urge and maybe it will help ease the feeling.
 
Keep it up!
 
Samantha, Health Educator
14 years ago 0 19 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Last smoke April 19 at 9:00pm...

Hi deeliteful,
 
Welcome to our online support community and congratulations on making the decision to quit smoking.
 
We strongly encourage you to prepare for your quit using the program. Quitting smoking is not only a habit, it's an addiction. This program is going to help you plan how to deal with cravings and more importantly teach you how to replace this old habit with a new one.

 

 
You'll also need to put into place a reward system. It should have three components: small one for after each craving, medium for the end of each smoke-free day and a bigger one for the end of each smoke-free week.

 

 
Start reading through the forums, you'll quickly realize that many have felt just as you do now and they are now non-smokers. You'll also be able to find a lot of tips and tricks to help you along the way.
 
Keep working hard and check in soon!
 



Samantha, Health Educator
14 years ago 0 19 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Hope instead of desperation

Hi Hope,
 
Welcome to the online support community and huge congratulations on being quit for 16 days! The first month of your quit is often referred to as "zombie month". Throughout the first month the cravings can be quite intense and you can start to feel tired of fighting the cravings. Be sure to stay strong and keep in mind that with time the cravings will taper off. I strongly encourage you to use the online program, read through the forums and post often. We are all here to support and encourage each other. 
 
 
Samantha, Health Educator
14 years ago 0 19 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Quitting as a couple

Hi schnookie,
 
Congratulations to you and your husband for making the decision to quit smoking and for being quit for over 1 week! Excellent! It will take some time to break your habit of asking each other to go out to smoke. You can try switching up your behaviour by asking each other to go for walks instead. Walks are an excellent chance to talk and catch up on the day, great exercise and also to enjoy the fresh air.
 
Members, do you have any other suggestions, tips or tricks for breaking up a routine?
 
   

Samantha, Health Educator
14 years ago 0 19 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Day One

Hi Bigpoppy,
 
Welcome to the online support community and congratulations on making the decision to quit smoking!
I strongly encourage you to prepare for your quit using the program. Quitting smoking is not only a habit, it's an addiction. This program is going to help you plan how to deal with cravings and more importantly teach you how to replace this old habit with a new one.

 

You'll also need to put into place a reward system. It should have three components: small one for after each craving, medium for the end of each smoke-free day and a bigger one for the end of each smoke-free week.

 

Start reading through the forums, you'll quickly realize that many have felt just as you do now and they are now non-smokers. You'll also be able to find a lot of tips and tricks to help you along the way.
 
Stay strong and check in soon!
 

Samantha, Health Educator