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If this temporary period of adjustment called quitting were soooooo "easy" then why
would we have over 160,000 archived member posts? Yes, for some the truth lessons become so intense and eye-opening that soon nothing remains in
the past to cling to, and "my cigarette my friend" becomes "me, my friend."
Others find that some of their original motivations were allowed to fade and need renewing now
and then to keep the focus. And some motivations no longer carry the the meaning they once had, such as possible health fear factors have been
healing and on the surface no longer seem like such a threat.
Still others may have quit for reasons other than their own, found themselves successful, yet
find themselves still heavily clinging a romantic image smoking nicotine and their own daily self-destruction.
Still others are just coasting along as best possbile, remaining free just one day at a time,
realizing that with each passing hour they move further and further from a life of constant chemical feedings and closer and closer to home.
Baby steps, patience, just one day at a time!
There's no place like home!
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Dream as every addict does, there is absolutely no way around nicotine's two-hour chemical
half-life. As chemically dependent nicotine humans, thousands upon thousands of times our minds reminded us that our sagging blood serum
nicotine level was again in need of replenishment. Talk about conditioned impatience, relief from those early urge commands was extremely fast
and always dependable (unless our delivery tools were wet or broken - but even then we'd find a way).
Within 8 to 10 seconds of that first puff of nicotine our brain reward pathway neurons would
sense its arrival and our urge would be instantly replaced with that the addict's dopamine "aaahhhh: sensation. That's twice as
fast the aaahhh feeling sensed by the heroin addict, whose mainstream injection must first flow back to the heart then over to their lungs then
back through the heart's second pumping chamber before being pumped up into their brain. Is it any wonder that as nicotine smokers we each
developed a tremendous sense of conditioned impatience when it came to dealing not only with our addiction but our recovery it?
We encourage all new arrivals to abandon the wasteful dream and vision of measuring success only
in terms of quitting forever, as in keeping such a standard you deprive yourself of celebration until after you're dead and gone. A
one-day-at-a- time baby-steps approach not only allows us to intelligently counter years and years of conditioned impatience, it encourages us to
look upon each and every day of freedom and healing as the full and complete victory that it truly is.
I don't know if I'll be permitted even one brief moment of cessation pride after my
death but I do know that being free during the moments that it took to type these words are entirely worthy of celebration. While dependent, my
mind didn't wait until the end of this life to sense one big aaahhhh. Why should I?
Why not celebrate this second, minute, and hour, and allow that pride to fuel the patience
needed to celebrate the next! Just one day at a time - no nicotine - Never Take Another Puff!
Breathe deep, hug hard, live long, John
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