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Time to see who I am without a cigarette in my hand


Ashley -> Health Educator
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21 days ago (Edited 21 days ago) 0 Ashley -> Health Educator 6514 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo

Welcome New Outlook13,

It sounds like you are ready to be free from this addiction. Being ready is the hardest step for most people. So you are off to a great start. I see that you have already completed the entire Quit Smoking program. Nice work! Hopefully the information will help you to stick to your plan. Do you plan on using any sort of NRT or medication to help you manage cravings? If not, how do you plan on managing the cravings.

I hope to read more from you soon,

Ashley

Timbo637
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22 days ago 0 Timbo637 733 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo

Hi NewOutlook13,

Welcome to the site. Congratulations on giving up smoking and trying to take back control of YOUR life! As you have already found out, this addiction is hard to overcome. Takes a ton of willpower, the right mind set, and countless hours of struggling to win. They don't call the first week of quitting hell week because its easy. 😥

I'd suggest you read through the forums on here because there is some great information in here to help you along your path to freedom. The more you know about what to expect, the easier it "should" be to beat this addiction. Once you pass the three day mark of quitting, the nicotine should be out of your system. That's when the real struggle begins. Staying quit. It's going to be a whole new lifestyle for you. The mental part of quitting seems to be the hardest part to overcome, so once again, the more you know about what to expect, the easier it "should" be to stay quit. Nineteen years is a long time to have smoked. It's going to take awhile for your body to adjust to not having that "quick fix" in those cancer sticks. Hang in there, you CAN do this. As I like to say, you didn't learn to ride a bike without a few bumps and bruises, quitting is the same. It's a rough road, but it is DOABLE.

Stay strong and watch out for all those triggers. Keep us posted on your progress too. Maybe it will give somebody else the gumption to try and give it a quit. 😉


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24 days ago 0 NewOutlook13 1 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo

As I write, I am just putting out my last cigarette. I have smoked for 19 years. I started smoking when I was 18 and severely depressed. I have smoked to help regulate my mood, to help me through all my bad times and now after much reflection and research have realized the cigarettes are to blame for much of my struggles. They have kept my anxiety and depression going, the constant need to satisfy my brains want for nicotine.

There, the last smoke is out, now I wait. I wait for my brain to ask for more and now I tell it no. No I don't need you Any more. It is ok, it is ok. Breathe, live your life and never give into my want for a cigarette again. Silly how simple it is, but how hard addiction is. I just went 2 days without a smoke, and caved today and had 6. I was already starting to feel better, but let the voice win. Not again though, now I am ready to tell it no. I am ready to live the rest of my life without another smoke. I am ready to see who I am without a cigarette in my hand. I am ready to drop the anxiety and depression that comes with smoking and learn to deal with myself and my life without the constant withdrawal fooling me that I need it to feel better.

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