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Easy or hard, quitting is worth it.
Once you have quit for even a few hours, you have invested some effort, time, and maybe even a little pain. Make this effort count for something.
As long as you hang in there now, all of this will have accomplished a goal. It got you off of cigarettes.
After that, to stay off, the make or break point simply translates to...Never Take Another Puff!
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I saw where a member wrote to another member that there will be rough patches in the future. There is no guarantee that a person will experience rough
patches in the future. Such blanket statements can be totally misleading. As this post talks about, every quit is different. There are some people who simply
quit one day and never look back and never really seem to experience any tough patches.
Also, people can really minimize the risk of future rough patches by keeping their reasons for first quitting and their reasons for why they still wish to
stay off of smoking reinforced. The more accurately a person sees smoking in its true light the more resolute he or she will always stay in his or her
commitment to never take another puff.
Feb 5 07 7:08 PM
You may find that this quit will be relatively easy. Stranger things have happened. But if it does, don't think this didn't mean you were
addicted. The factor that really shows the addiction is not how hard or how easy it is to quit. What really shows the addiction is how universally easy it is
to go back. One puff and the quit can go out the window.
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Sep 18 07 3:29 AM
Yes, this quit is probably different but ....
Although not at all unusual to see a quitter having what can be termed a "cake-walk" quit, don't lull yourself into minimizing your
dependency or your accomplishment as there's absolutely no guarantee that, should you relapse, your next attempt would go the same. What is it that
allows the conscious thinking mind to so calm and quiet the impulsive limbic mind that the objective of coming home is initially met with little or no
resistence? What dreams could be so great or awakening so powerful that no smoking urge, crave, impulse or desire seems to grow bigger than a stiff breeze?
Drug addiction is about inventing lies to get our drug back. For us it's rationalizing, minimizing or engaging in blame transference to invent reason
to smoking, chew or dip nicotine, to give the rational thinking mind justification for again surrendering to our chemically captive impulsive primitive
mind. Don't let "easy" or "hard" be your mind's excuse to relapse.
Whether touched by serious challenge, your own inner dreams and desires or moved by stories such as Kim's, Bryan's, or Noni's, never forget
that the true test of nicotine's power isn't in how hard it is to quit but how easy it is to relapse. Still just one guiding principle ... no
nicotine today, Never Take Another Puff, Dip or Chew!
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