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What Urge Thoughts are Troubling You?
An urge to smoke reflects a golden opportunity to correct any rationalizations, minimizations and blame transference bubbling up around it. It's a
chance to heal thinking. If you are troubled by a lingering thought, or find yourself challenged by some romantic dependency fixation, tell us about it and
let us help you sort through it. It's why we're here. Troubled or not there's still only one rule, no nicotine today!
John (Gold x7)
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Mar 3 07 5:23 PM
For the benefits of newbies wondering if they will ever stop wanting a cigarette, I thought I would elaborate on this one a little. When we say that the
urge hits weeks or months or even years after a quit, it is a desire or a thought for a cigarette that is different than the "urge" experienced
during initial withdrawal. Those urges are physiological craves, the body demanding nicotine to alleviate a drug withdrawal state.
The thoughts that happened down the road are triggers of fond memories. The thought is often that it seems like a good idea now to smoke a cigarette. Kind
of like the urge you get to clean your house on a slow day. Seems like a good idea for a few seconds, but if you find something better to do, so be it. The
same concept holds true for the thought of a cigarette.
Other times there will be thoughts of "I used to smoke when I did this." Not a desire for a cigarette or smoking, but a feeling that your timing
or ritual is off. Sometimes there may even be a feeling that you are supposed to be doing "something" right now, but do not even realize what it
is. All of a sudden you realize you used to smoke at this particular juncture of time or a specific new situation. Again, it is not that you want or need a
cigarette in these two cases, just that the routine was a little off.
Years into a quit though, most days ex-smokers will go days, weeks and maybe even months without a thought. Even days which they call "bad" with
desires, they may be going 23 hours and 59 minutes and 50 seconds without a thought, but because they think of it once, they think that was a lot. It really
does get easier and easier.
The alternative side, smoking, is constantly riddled with thought of quitting. Whenever you are going to a doctor, a non-smoking friends or family home
where you want to visit but cannot smoke, getting a new symptoms or aggravated by a chronic problem, read a news headline or hear a news report on television
or radio on a new danger from smoking, have to pay another price increase for cigarettes, find another friend who has quit while you do not, stand outside in
blizzards or heat waves or torrential downpour for the luxury of getting a quick fix or experience some horrible withdrawal because you can't escape for
a cigarette or heaven forbid, you run out of cigarettes.
Yes there were plenty of times smoking made your life totally unmanageable. Not to mention the times that may come where a diagnosis of a horrible
condition that require extraordinary measures to save your life that in themselves are almost as terrifying and painful as the disease itself. That
unpleasant scenario still provides a chance of survival. There are frequently the cases where the first real symptom of a smoking induced illness is sudden
death. Then you don't even have a chance to save your life.
As an ex-smoker, there may be times you want a cigarette. As a smoker, there will be times you want to quit. Neither side is perfect, but the
ex-smoker side has clear advantages. It will get easier and easier over time getting to the point of smoking becoming a thing of the past. The smoking side
leads to a much more ominous road.
Keep focused, whether it is hours into a quit or decades into a quit. It was a good decision to quit, maybe the most important decision you have
made in your life as far as quality and length of your life goes. To keep the decision alive and continue to reap the benefit, always remember, Never Take
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