Whoever said knowledge is power couldn't have been more right.
I've tried quitting before using the nicotine gum, tapering off, Wellbutin, and even filled a prescription for Chantix, but never took it cause the side effects scared the life out of me. I decided I needed and wanted to quit a few weeks ago, but was very scared. I knew I had to quit cold turkey because that seemed, by my own polling, like the only method that worked. So, I Googled quitting cold turkey, and found this great, great web site. I read, and learned things that suprised me, helped me, and gave me strength. The most important think I learned is that if I could just get through the first 72 hours, I'd have the hardest part behind me. And I knew, if I could get on the other side of those 72 hours, I would have hope. And when you have hope, you have everything.
I made it through that nightmare, and I hope to God I never have to go through that again -- and if I stay away from nicotine, I won't.
So, I'm more than a week out. I use straws to get through the craves. I'm at the point where I just really miss that morning cigarette. But, I always learned, during a lot of reflection, that it got to the point that smoking was something I needed to do, not wanted to do. At work, I would go outside, join smokers that were already there, and be finished my cigarette before them. It wasn't something I enjoyed doing, it was something I had to do. That little big of knowledge got me through many craves.
I have a great support system with my family, and a wonderful community here with all of you. This website is a tremendous source of knowlege and inspiration -- 2 of the most important things we need to continue on this nicotine-free journey!
Free and Healing for Eight Days, 2 Hours and 33 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 1 Day and 3 Hours, by avoiding the use of 324 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $97.32.