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Jan 25 11 6:37 PM
So I've read the articles and watched the strings about how to continue to do activities you enjoyed as a smoker to do them as a non-smoker. I love to read. Absolutely love it. When I used to read depending on the size of the print I'd either smoke a cigarette every fifty pages or a hundred. I have read but I won't allow myself to get to that point of reading fifty pages. I find myself unable to enjoy reading because I am dreading how am I going to feel when I get to page one hundred. Am I going to want to smoke? I know its silly. I think about the guy who couldn't go into his smoking office because he was worried he'd want to smoke so he commuted to work when he could have worked from home. I just didn't realize the things I used to think warranted a cigarette. I think about them now and how silly they seem to me and how controlled I felt. When a good song came on the radio... oh I need a smoke... after a big meal.. oh a smoke won't make me feel so full... Anyways, getting back to the reading thing. First off its not even like I used to smoke in my chair that I used for reading. I didn't. I would grab my phone, or put on my i-pod and go outside and smoke. So why am I psyching myself out? I even went as far as to get a new blanket and a pillow thinking ah this will take my mind off of it. After all this talk and rereading what I wrote I think I may have figured it out. I HAVEN'T TRIED TO GET PAST THE PAGES. So I guess until I do I won't know how I am going to feel.
Hi Laura,Let's take apart that sentence I've featured in Orange. Hopefully you've explored the article by Joel titled: You smoke because you're a smoke-a-holic. All of us inhaled the smoking residue of burning tobacco for one reason and one reason only - to alleviate withdrawal brought on by our body's natual process of metabolizing any chemical or nutrient we ingest. In the case of nicotine scientific research has determined that the normal metabolizing rate of nicotine give is a half life of about two hours. What does that mean? Every two hours blood serum chemical concentration is reduced by half. In four hours the serum concentration is 25% of 'normal'. In 8 hours it's 5.75% and we were in urgent withdrawal anxiety if we did not dose up again. Of course we never let things get that far did we. So for the most part nicotine dependent addicts replenish on a schedule of about every 40 to 60 minutes. About how long does it take to read 50 to a hundred pages depending on font size? 40 to 60 minutes maybe?Now you are clean and absolutely free of the constant need to feed a replenishment cycle. You can read a thousand pages in a row - you don't need nicotine although you will need to break for other physical needs. Yes, there are still thought association triggers to be encountered and overcome but there is absolutely no need and no reason to fear normal everyday activities or even not so normal once in a while activities. We can do anything we did before we regained control of our addiction and chose to be ex-smokers. Most things we can do better with more focus and greater awareness. Don't fear getting better Laura. Healing and recovery is a good thing. Embrace the journey that leads straight back to the you you've always been but now better because you choose to live it nicotine free.You said you love to read. Well, you've come to the right place! False associations I Am Still Me, Just Better! " I'm different, I'll never be comfortable without nicotine " Recognizing needs The forgotten "You" I choose life My name is Joe J Free - GOLD a nicotine addict who stopped inhaling poison 6 years, 15 days, 7 hours, 22 minutes and 25 seconds (2206 days) ago.Decided not to ingest 59570 deadly doses and saved $19,594.02 in my 'Freedom Dividend' account.Reclaimed 413 days, 16 hours and 22 minutes of my life's time, the best part of this gift I give to myself each and every day I choose to NTAP!
Jan 25 11 10:40 PM
Thanks Joe those articles were helpful. It is just crazy all the information I am learning about my addiction. As I continue to see people I work with smoking I want to shout everything I am learning here. I know they would never listen because as Joel says and we all know nobody can quit smoking unless they want to quit smoking. Everyday I am learning. Everyday its getting easier. I know the road is not going to be newly paved but with help of this website there will be less potholes and roadblocks that I might be more ready for. So Thanks for everything. Today was a good day. Can't say what tommorrow will bring but I didn't smoke nor want a smoke today and I think that's something!
Jan 26 11 2:17 PM
Juan Carlos - Free and Healing for Three Months, Two Days, 2 Hours and 8 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 9 Days and 19 Hours, by avoiding the use of 2823 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $925.17.
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Don't look for loopholes in the law of addiction. You will be convicting yourself back to smoking. While it may seem harsh and unfair, to many, smoking is a crime punishable by death. Don't try to cheat the system - NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF!
The primary benefactor of this policy is each and every member himself or herself. We have made it very easy for each and every member to have a clearly defined spelled out battle line. No longer does a person have the luxury of thinking, "Well if I relapse, I'll go to Freedom and quit again." We have in effect destroyed what to some people can be a very persuasive argument supporting a kind of junkie thinking.
For the majority of people here this policy poses no threat and makes the each and every members mission here that much more clearly defined. It was what their intent was the day they first signed up to Freedom. To stay a member of Freedom, and more important, to keep the health and life saving benefits of staying a successful ex-smoker is as simple now as just remembering to stay totally committed to never take another puff!
From I liked my other support group more
This letter was originally written illustrating the difference between the clinics I ran and other programs that existed at the time. The relevance of the concepts of this letter also applies to Freedom when compared to many other websites out there for smoking cessation. Our approach does not have universal appeal. People who really don't want to quit will find our philosophy a bit oppresive. People who do find their way here and really listen to the underlying message of treating an addiction as an addiction will find they will for the first time have the real tools to make long term smoking cessation a reality.
"I Liked My Other Smoking Clinic More!"
Almost 20 years ago when I was conducting one of my first Stop Smoking Clinics, one of the successful participants, a lady named Barbara, told me that she had once attended another clinic and liked it more than ours. I asked her how long she had quit for in that program and she said, "Oh, I didn't quit at all." I then asked her how many of the other people quit. She replied, "I don't know if anybody quit." I then asked, if nobody quit, why did she like the program more? She answered, "When I completed the program, I didn't feel bad about smoking!"
The task of any smoking clinic should be to help the participant break free from the powerful grip of the nicotine addiction. To do this, each participant needs to have a thorough understanding of both why he or she smokes and the consequences associated with maintaining use of cigarettes. Cigarettes are addictive, expensive, socially unacceptable, and deadly. How in the world can any individual or clinic realize these effects and minimize the significance to the point where a smoker doesn't feel bad smoking?
The natural impulse of most smokers is to deny the health and social implications of smoking. When he picks up a newspaper and sees a headline with "Surgeon General", he will read no further. When he hears a broadcast on radio or television about the dangers, he either totally disregards the message or maintains the false belief that the problem doesn't apply to him. But eventually, even his own body complains. He may experience physical symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, pains in chest, numbness in extremities, headaches, stomach aches, hoarseness, and a variety of other complaints. He will generally pass the blame to the weather, his diet, to his stress, to a cold or flu, to allergies or any other excuse he can muster up to protect his cigarettes.
Our clinic was designed to permanently destroy all rationalizations of smoking by the smoker. He may make up lots of excuses for smoking, but he knows that they all are lies. Our clinic will accomplish one of two goals. Either the smoker will quit smoking, or the clinic will screw up his smoking for the rest of his life. No longer will he be able to sit back at the end of a day and think to himself in ignorant bliss how much he enjoyed his cigarettes. To the contrary, if any thought of smoking is allowed to creep into consciousness, it will be anger over how stupid it was to inhale 20, 40, 60 or even more cigarettes that day, and how sad it is that he is probably going to do the same again tomorrow.
Why do we want to make the smoker miserable about smoking? Because maybe if he gets mad enough about smoking he will stop it. Sooner or later logic may motivate him to stop. Maybe he will do it on his own, or maybe he will come back to us for help. How he does it is not important; what is important is that he does quit. For, while the concepts we instill in him may make him miserable, not understanding them can cause more significant long term suffering.
If our clinic did what Barbara's first clinic accomplished--alleviating negative feelings toward smoking--it could result in the ammunition necessary to maintain smoking. Since cigarettes are responsible for over 400,000 premature deaths per year and the crippling of literally millions of others, alleviating the anxiety of smoking is not in the best interest of the smoker. Consider the physical, psychological, social, economical and any other personal consequences of smoking. Consider them all and NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF!
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