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Aug 24 04 6:58 AM
Hello Paul and congratulations on two weeks of freedom from nicotine. In reviewing your thread it almost seems as if you're pre-occupied with your sister's quit.
I know that you'll encourage her, support her and that you're pulling for her. Yes, she's taking the more challenging route but we have to
admire her determination for sticking with it. If she is supported in her effort she can pull it off.
Most of the data I've shared from the OTC NRT study reviews is not associated with having high quality support from a brother. We learned from the
early non-OTC NRT studies that when combined with education, counseling, or quality support, long term cessation rates are substantially elevated above
OTC NRT's average of just 7% at six months.
As for NRT in general, I'm quickly coming to believe that the pharmaceutical industry knew from the beginning that NRT studies were not blind as claimed. As most of us know, the nicotine addict can tell when nicotine stops arriving in
the brain. We know what it feels like to use nicotine to steal an unearned dopamine aaaahhh sensation and the accompanying adrenaline rush, and we know
what it feels like to go without and visit the basement. The studies were not blind and those who joined hoping for weeks or months of free nicotine
products only to be assigned to the placebo group saw their expectations dashed. The dismal OTC outcomes (7% vs. 3-4%) do not evidence a victory for
nicotine but instead a defeat for those expecting it.
See - June 2004 Blind Spot study: http://whyquit.com/pr/051904.html
Recovery is a journey, not an event, Paul. In order to go the distance we need to work keeping our day #1 motivations, motivations fueled by the daily
realities of living and planning life from inside a pack, alive, vibrant and on the mind's center stage. They're the raw fuel that brought you
this far and are fully capable of seeing you home.
Yes, there will be challenging moments but none that you can't handle. The amazing healing you've experienced is your gift to you and likely the
most precious gift you've ever given "you!" Protect it above all else, Paul. There was always only one focus and one rule. No nicotine
just one day at a time, NTAP! John (Gold x5)
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Doesn't the pharmaceutical industry have a lot of nerve--taking advantage of folks like us--keeping us "on the string" so they can make a few
Still, my wife wears her daily patch thinking that in a few weeks, her ultimate withdrawal will be easier. We'll see.
As for you, keep the faith! And remember NTAP!
I have been nicotine free for 7 days. I have saved $52.67 by not smoking 191 cigarettes and have recovered 22 hours and 17 minutes of my life.
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