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Congratulations Cindy!!!One month free of nicotine means you have been given membership into the GREEN club!Keep taking it one day at a time.NTAPMaryFree since 01/21/13
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One month Quitting smoking: A gift to myself.
I'm glad it's over:
One bizarre thing: In my dreams - as a smoker - I never smoked. In my
dreams I was a normal person who never smoked. Smoking was not a part of
my dreams in any way. Now that I am not smoking and have returned to
the person I know I was meant to be, I am a smoker in my dreams! What's
up with that?
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We are a cold turkey education and support forum that understands that the key to permanent abstinence is understanding. Why are we a cold turkey site? Because we know that educated cold turkey quitting works. Cold turkey is the method that each year generates more long-term successful ex-users than all other quitting methods combined. Cold turkey has prevailed over government approved quitting products in nearly all real-world quitting method surveys conducted to date.
If you are serious about breaking nicotine's grip upon your life and think that we are right for you, join us! You will find like-minded people who are all off of nicotine and for the most part happy about it. If we are not right for you please do not join. It would be like joining a religious group in order to convert all of their existing followers to your belief or joining a political party for the sole purpose of having all of its members vote for the opposing party candidate. When a person joins a group under these terms they are not joining a group, they are trying to subvert the group. This is an act of hostility not an act of support or camaraderie.
We are hostile to no one, not even to the tobacco industry or pharmaceutical companies who have different agendas than ours. They exist because they want you to use their products. We exist because you want to stop using them. We are not here to try to make anyone stop using their products either. We are here to help people stop using nicotine because they have already decided to do so.
We are here to help nicotine users who have come to a point in their life that they want to stop and want help doing it -- people who have already picked their plan of action. They have chosen to go cold turkey and want to know what to expect and how to stay focused. That is what we are going to be doing now, helping them maintain their focus.
We help people understand why they used nicotine, how important it is to stop using it, how to break free and most importantly, how to stay free. Many nicotine users who quit at one time or another in their life, some for many years or even decades, relapse. Each did so for one reason and one reason only, they allowed nicotine back into their bloodstream. It's likely that they either did not understand the Law of Addiction or never learned about it to begin with.
We explain nicotine dependency, how to arrest it and provide a forum which brings together like-minded quitters from around the globe. We live by one simple principal here at Freedom: we stay free by staying nicotine-free. No one can relapse without using nicotine. In fact, it's impossible to be a user again without using.
So there you have it, what we are in a nutshell. We are a group of people who share one thing in common. We have decided that today we will not put nicotine into our bodies. Our pasts may be different but our future intent is the same. We are committed to never using nicotine again!
"I was angry that the government didn't do more. They are walking a line too, I'm sure, between not crushing a big money making employer, tax base, and trying to keep people healthy and educated."
Cigarettes Were that Deadly, the Government Wouldn't Sell Them!"
"I know so many people, in just the last several years, diagnosed with cancer - of the colon, prostate, pancreas, esophagus, breast - still smoking, and or smoked to the very end. "
What is the use in quitting now?
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Dec 3 13 9:58 PM
Cindy - you express so MANY words I felt and remember from my early quit. I never thought I could ever be one of the winners here. I was so ambivalent about being able to keep my quit going....then after a few weeks, I started feeling a surge of strength, as I left more days of success in the dust. Now, I am coming up on 3 years!
You are DOING it, and you will be amazed at how much easier it gets.
You have passed the point where you can negotiate, and have grabbed on to the freedom ship & though tattered some days, you are HANGING ON.
Keep breathing. Keep your amazement in site -- there is so much more to come. Hang in there. You will be infinitely glad you did.
Quit 1-1-11 and so glad I did.
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This concept is taught by almost all programs which are devoted to dealing with substance abuse or emotional conflict of any kind. The reason that it is so often quoted is that it is universally applicable to almost any traumatic situation.
Dealing with quitting smoking is no exception. Along with NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF!, ONE DAY AT A TIME is the key technique which gives the smoker the strength to successfully quit smoking and stay free from the powerful grip of nicotine dependence.
When first quitting, the concept of ONE DAY AT A TIME is clearly superior to the smoker thinking that he will never smoke again for the rest of his life. For when the smoker is first giving up smoking, he does not know whether or not he wants to go the rest of his life without smoking. Most of the time the smoker envisions life as a non-smoker as more stressful, painful, and less fun.
It is not until he quits smoking that he realizes his prior thoughts of what life is like as a non-smoker were wrong. Once he quits he realizes that there is life after smoking. It is a cleaner, calmer, fuller and, most important, healthier life. Now the thought of returning to smoking becomes a repulsive concept. Even though the fears have reversed, the ONE DAY AT A TIME technique should still be maintained.
Now, as an ex-smoker, he still has bad moments every now and then. Sometimes due to stress at home or work, or pleasant social situations, or to some other undefinable trigger situation, the desire for a cigarette surfaces. All he needs to do is say to himself, I won't smoke for the rest of today; tomorrow I will worry about tomorrow. The urge will be over in seconds, and the next day he probably won't even think of a cigarette.
But ONE DAY AT A TIME should not only be practiced when an urge is present. It should be practiced daily. Sometimes an ex-smoker thinks it is no longer important to think in these terms. He goes on with the idea he will not smoke again for the rest of his life. Assuming he is correct, when does he pat himself on the back for achieving his goal. When he is lying on his death bed he can enthusiastically proclaim, "I never smoked again." What a great time for positive reinforcement.
Every day the ex-smoker should wake up thinking that he is not going to smoke that day. And every night before he goes to sleep he should congratulate himself for sticking to his goal. Because pride is important in staying free from cigarettes. Not only is it important, but it is well deserved. For anyone who has quit smoking has broken free from a very powerful addiction. For the first time in years, he has gained control over his life, rather than being controlled by his cigarette. For this, he should be proud.
So tonight, when you go to sleep, pat yourself on the back and say, "Another day without smoking, I feel great." And tomorrow when you wake up, say, "I am going to try for another day. Tomorrow I will deal with tomorrow." To successfully stay free from smoking, TAKE IT ONE DAY AT A TIME and - NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF!Joel
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Did I really not know cigarettes were addictive? I'm well educated, how could I not know this? ~Cindy
I know exactly what your saying because I had the same thought. After landing here and reading it finally dawned on me what everyone had been saying all along... Cigarettes are addictive. I knew it but somehow always found a way to not acknowledge it. Cchalk it up to the addiction talking and move on forward starting right now.
Believe it Cindy, you will do it.
Stay the path the view is spectacular.
Shane. 6 years
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