I may well be a poster child for the FFN message that knowledge is the best enabler to get on and stay on recovery road. Though it's been said in a thousand 1st posts: I send my heart felt thanks to Joel, John, and the staff at whyQuit and FFN.
I really only have two motivators to quit: health and ego. I have become convinced to the marrow that smoking will kill me if I continue; and I absolutely abhor admitting that an addiction can control me. Unfortunately, I did not have the knowledge to form a real strategy for breaking the addiction before I read the books by Joel and John. Now I'm on my second reading and going on my first week of freedom from nicotine!
I've had some real crave episodes too. But none has lasted more than three minutes (yup, I've timed them), and I really can't say I've had more than two a day. Today I haven't had a crave yet. I do have frequent urges, minor reminders that are not overwhelming and can't really qualify as craves. These urges are, I think, automatic responses to triggers. I haven't figured out what triggers a crave yet.
Anyway, the teaching whyQuit has made available has prepared me for many adverse symptoms. In fact, it's an affirming experience to catch myself in the act of justifying a potential slip and realize this is just my subconscious trying to fulfill a survival function!
I'll be back soon to begin my list of those really agonizing things about addiction I never want to forget.