It was once suggested to me that I picture recovery from addiction as a bridge. On one side of the bridge there is active addiction. It is cold and dark. On the other side of the bridge there is recovery. On that side of the bridge it is warm and there is the light of truth. We stood in the cold and dark. We did not know that the bridge was there. Then, some of us got lucky, we found the bridge. Others waved to us from the other side and said "come join us". Each of us had to make the walk across the bridge ourselves. We could not be pushed or pulled across. Some started across only to run back to the what was familiar. Some made it all the way and even then, ran back to the cold and dark. Others stayed in the warmth and the light. They found Freedom From Tobacco and they never took another puff.
On March 28, 2006 I decided to make the journey across the bridge myself. I packed my bag and started out. In my bag I packed all the knowledge I could carry that I had found at www.whyquitcom. The knowledge helped me when the going got rough. The people in the light continued to wave and cheer me on. I have made it across the bridge and found the wonderful dwelling place of Freedom From Tobacco. The people on this side of the bridge still continue to help me when I feel an urge to run back across the bridge to my old way of living. We all help each other to remember what it was like before and how gratifying it is to live a life free from our addiction.
After over 30 years of addiction to nicotine I have found the warmth and the light. I never want to go back to the cold, dark, prison of nicotine addiction. Now, as the New Year approaches, it is my turn to wave and say:
Kathy, Bowling Green, KY
I have been quit for 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 13 hours, 45 minutes and 41 seconds (263 days). I have saved $1,238.78 by not smoking 10,542 cigarettes. I have saved 1 Month, 6 Days, 14 hours and 30 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 03/28/2006 6:00 AM