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Good morning all,I'm happy to be starting Day 13 w/o a nicotene fix.Thanks to lasttimelady, victorylass, china, aryeh, and Joel for all your replies. Getting support and knowing I'm not alone in this makes quitting so much easier. Everyone has been great.Yesterday was more difficult than most. I think its because my weekdays are pretty regimented. Theres not a lot of free time. Sundays are mostly a rest day and that can lead to boredom. Boredom is my biggest enemy. Boredom lowers your mental attitude and leads to feeling sorry for yourself. I finally got my bottom in gear and worked out yesterday. I always feel better after I get done. I went to a movie last night. I saw 50/50. For some reason, I thought this was going to be a comedy. Man was I off base. It's about a guy who gets cancer. With all my reading about cancer lately and realization of what 25+ yrs of nicotene might put inside me, the movie was pretty thought provoking. I've been having a little trouble with web site dieing out on me. I get the generic "can't get to web page" error message.Keep posting. Keep reading. Keep NTAP.Dtrain - Day 13
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Starting day four of your quit
Starting day five of your quit
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Not sure of all of the articles you saw but thought I would give you a reading list that might help:
Thoughts that seem worse than the first days urges
"You said it would get better. It's just as bad as the day I quit smoking!"
Fixating on a cigarette.
I want one...
"Just think about something else."
The Urge Hits!
Actions speak louder than wordsâ€”or thought.
Why am I still having "urges?"
Smoking IS an Option
Have you noticed some of these "lost" long-term quits?
Was I addicted?
Just one or two
Just one little puff
"Maybe I am different"
The Real Cigarette Induced "Roller Coaster" Ride
Repost of "Bad Days"
I know I will quit again
If you fall down just pick yourself up and dust yourself off
I don't know if I have another quit in me.
There is no legitimate reason to relapse
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Oct 11 11 12:07 AM
WoW! Good work Dtrain for not giving into such overwhelming
urges! Sometimes they come out of no where and hit you like a brick, but your
resolve won and it will again and again.
Keep posting, reading and letting intellect beat the drug we allowed
(past tense) to control our lives.
Take deep breaths often but, NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF!!
Breathing deeply on day 7
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Are there "social smokers?
Are there social smokers--yes there are. First thing to note though, no one here at Freedom was a social smoker--at least not when they finally quit smoking. We KNOW that because they showed up here at Freedom in the first place. A social smoker would not likely ever type the word "quitting" or "help on quitting" into a search engine. If a social smoker did by chance come upon our site, they would have read for a few minutes, realized none of this applies to them, and never have gone through our application process.
Now that we have established that the people here are not social smokers, who are the social smokers? Well it is not all the people who you think are social smokers. Although before I even address this, the term is almost wrong to start with. Social smoker makes about as much sense in some circles as social leper. There are some people who seem as if they can take it or leave it. I think the term that is used in some scientific communities for these kind of smokers is "chipper," I think used to describe people who smoke under 5 per day.
But not all of the people who can smoke that way are actually in control of their addiction per se. Some of these people NEED those one to four cigarettes. They don't think they do but they do. I meet them all the time in clinics. They are spouses of heavy smokers, who basically never bought cigarettes a day in their life. They "only" smoked them because they were around and to be with the spouse. But when the heavy smoking spouse all of a sudden gets sick and has to quit, the light smoking spouse enthusiastically volunteers to quit to for support. After all, they figured they never really need these cigarettes anyway, quitting will be no big deal.
These people are OFTEN in for a real surprise. They will find themselves buying their first pack in their lives, and going through a worse time than the heavy smoking spouse. Often these people have full blown withdrawals and often, they don't make it ending up being the sole smoker left in the family. They were not "social smokers" after all, they were full blown addicts who were just at a lower tolerance level than most others. But there is no guarantee that over time their tolerance would not have increased and resulted in them turning into heavy smokers who would be viewed as full-fledged smokers by all around them.
The only way for these people to quit and stay off is the same for people who smoke 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 or even one hundred cigarettes a day. It is still by understanding to take and keep control over the nicotine addiction entails always knowing to never take another puff!
Oct 11 11 5:28 PM
Depression: a normal reaction or a real organic depressive effect?
"Is anyone else experiencing the symptom of...?"
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