I'm 67 yrs. old, have smoked on and off since I was 20. Have quit for >2 yrs. and several shorter times. At a guess, I'm probably at 40 pack-years. Worked as a software engineer/eventually senior manager with a Ph. D. in a very high stress field. I've been retired for ~17 years, have fought smoking on and off since I retired.
I've been through many quit attempts/programs. Never before have I really understood the addiction issue. Now I'm really hopeful that this is the end of succumbing to the addiction.
I live about 4 miles from the nearest store and so far have mostly controlled my cravings by not having cigs available. I've been fine for almost two weeks by staying home and not going into town. But I've gone into town twice in the last few days and NOT gone to the smoke shop. I didn't believe the stuff about one incident extinguishing the crave until I tried it (almost trembling with fear that I'd succumb). Wow! It worked! The second trip was pretty much crave free.
So, my issue at this point is that I've succeeded by avoiding trigger situations rather that facing them, except for the "brave" second trip into town, going near the smoke shop. I don't know how long I can hole up here and avoid all temptation. Yeah, I did it once; can I do it again?
Some suggestions would be welcome.
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