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I have seen a few times lately where a member will write a comment that "ALL" people have "this" experience when quitting or after quitting. The experience written about varies; it may be a specific kind of withdrawal that happens when quitting or a certain kind of thought or crave that occurs long after the person has stopped. The bottom line though is it is never accurate to say "ALL" people experience anything specific when talking about smoking and/or quitting.
No one should think that just because they have a specific physical or emotional response when he or she quit that others are going to experience the same reactions. It is possible other that others may get the same reaction, it is possible that other people will get no reaction or even the opposite of the specific reaction. The fact is that you don't know that if you were to have to quit again that you would get the same reaction next time. Next time might be much easier, next time might be worse. Next time might be impossible or too late. What's nice though is that you don't have to worry about next time as long as you always remember this time to never take another puff!
This thread is important to clarify that every quit is different.
No one reading here at Freedom should be getting the idea that there is some predestined number of days, weeks, months of years that that are going to be bad. The only day that we know will end up being bad is the day that you renege on your personal promise to yourself to never take another puff.
With many new members coming in at once, and even more lurking, it is common for people first quitting or those just thinking about quitting to look over our members experiences to help predict what they might experience now. But the truth is, you cannot predict an exact experience of what this quit may hold for you, not if you talk to thousands of people. You cannot even use your own past reactions as an absolute predictor of what this quit holds in store for you.
While we can't predict the exact symptoms you may or may not have, we can predict certain issues. We can predict that once you get through the first 72 hours, physical withdrawal symptoms will have peaked and will then really dissipate and eventually disappear all together. More importantly, we can predict that once you have gotten through whatever withdrawals may have occurred, you will never have to deal with them ever again as long as you learn this time to never take another puff!
From the post The Miserable Threes
I bring up this post most of the time now to discuss seasonal triggers. The original intent of the string though was broader than this. It was designed to dispel the myth that all ex-smokers are destined to have problems at predetermined time frames. Today there was a member who wrote about having a problem into his second month and a few other members joined in saying how hard the second month was for them. For our thousands of long-term members these posts are of no concern. Those who had a tough time at two months would simply agree and those who didn't would simply recognize that the issue didn't apply to them. Either way though both groups were beyond the time frame.
The problem is people who are just off for one month, or a week, or a few days, or people who are here reading just considering quitting will see posts like this and begin to dread the "inevitable" two month mark where they have now been led to believe that they were going to begin to experience a tough and miserable time.
The truth is that there is nothing inherently threatening about the two month mark. Some people may experience some tough times, others will not. This is no different than the three month mark issue discussed above or any time frame.
Everyone reading here needs to know though that as long as they keep reminding themselves of the reasons that they first quit and keep reinforcing their reasons for wanting to stay off that even at these arbitrary moments of smoking thoughts that their quits will stay intact as long as they stick to the commitment that they made to themselves to never take another puff!
The very same principle applies to people who have been off for 10 days, or 20 days, or any other denomination of days. No one reading here at Freedom should be getting the idea that there is some predestined number of days, weeks, months of years that that are going to be bad. The only day that we know will end up being bad is the day that you renege on your personal promise to yourself to never take another puff.
Also related is the video "Predestined bad days," I will attach below
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Hey DaveHeaps of congratulation on one whole month nicotine free - AWESOME.Be proud of that achievement Dave, I smoked for 35 years, it was a huge part of my life, many of those years was in ignorance of just how addictive and dangerous smoking was. when I quit, I quit to see how long I could last, on the first day, I thought it wasn't too bad, so I just continued, after a few days I cruised onto the internet and typed in quit smoking, for some reason I clicked on Whyquit, which was about 4 down, I must have read there for about 4 hours, I had no idea, that I was an addict, I had no idea how harmful smoking could be, I really just had no idea.So welcome to green - this journey can be done its all about the education and the Law of Addiction.With you every step of the waySuzie - Free and Healing for Six Years, Fifteen Days, 14 Hours and 19 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 122 Days and 15 Hours, by avoiding the use of 35322 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $18,589.90.
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