Starting my journal today. I'm a bit of a late joiner but I've been lurking a while, reading up, and getting smarter. I smoked heavily for 39 years, and ended what turned into a 3-4 pack a day nicotine addiction 15 days ago on 1/11/2012. To be honest this is the first time I've ever really "quit" since starting at age 14 . I can't say its been easy but I'm still here - my crave statistics way surpass most of the "norms" I've seen posted here and elsewhere, but then again that's perhaps to be expected given I'd smoked at nearly every awakened moment for so long. Even during past times I couldn't smoke (like the 12-14 hour flights I take quite often) I'd still service my addiction using nicotine patches or gum (isn't' that what they're intended for after all?). It's not been easy at times in the last 15 days but getting easier each day. In fact I can't say that I've faced anything not already well described and documented in other's posts or Joel & Joe's books and the videos, but its great knowing I can come here if needed in a crisis. What amazes me is once past the "physical" stages (which lasted about 4 days for me) it's only things in my mind that are a real challenge - the situational triggers and "mind games" the nicotine addict in me seems to want to play - I'm finding if I can beat those thoughts and impulses just for the next day I'll be fine!!
I'll be checking in once a week or so, and posting if in need of help!!
Thanks to all for this great site and sharing…