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Other ready options for nicotine cessations information are:
Where you can access the Ask Joel board (which is also running
slow since it is a msnuser address.
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Over the last few days people have been having lots of problems being able to access the Freedom website. These events are totally beyond our control.
Whenever MSN is doing maintenance just know that www.whyquit.com is operated totally independent of the MSN
Freedom site and we have plenty of articles, commentaries, videos and other support information that you can go through to help sustain your quits. As we
discuss in the thread Crutches to
There is a danger of using anything as a crutch, even Freedom itself. For if you ever experience tough times during times when
we are experiencing technical difficulties, either reading or posting at Freedom may not be possible, you can start to feel that your quit will not stick since
you don't have us as a crutch.
We need to be seen as a tool, a source of information of how to quit and how to stay off even more than a source of support. In the technological world a
particular website may not always be going 24 hours a day 365 days a year without interruption, or your computer capabilities may not be able to get here at
some points in time.
If you have learned our lessons, keep reinforcing your own primary reasons for first wanting to quit, keep reminding yourself why you still don't want to
go back and keep our one simple message in your mind at all times, even if you can't read it at the board at the moment, just remembering it will insure
that you will do fine. The message is that no matter what seems to go wrong in life that to stay free during it only requires keeping in practice your
commitment to never take another puff!
From the string "Buddy Systems"
There is only one kind of person that you should lock in as your one and only buddy--a person who you know beyond any shadow of a doubt will never take
nicotine again, who you also know beyond the shadow of a doubt is going to outlive you so that they are always around to support your quit and who you have
total access to 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and will have that kind of access to the rest of your life. The fact is that you don't know this about any
Your quit has got to be contingent on you and nobody else. Another string that addresses this concept is the one on Crutches to Quit Smoking. There it explains
how even Freedom as a whole cannot be your one crutch or buddy system for there are times that even we will not be available due to technological glitches at
our end or at yours.
So recognize that you have to count on yourself. Learn as much as you can and be armed with as much ammunition and understanding as you can possibly muster to
talk yourself through those occasional thoughts or urges that may materialize. Have your reasons for first quitting and your reasons for wanting to stay smoke
free at your disposal so that you are always keeping yourself reminded as to why you are now committed to never take another puff!
No one here should ever feel contingent on any one person or even on the whole board. The board cannot be a crutch. For technical reasons, your computer can
break, you could lose power, your Internet connection can go down, or MSN can take Freedom down for maintenance. There have been times where Freedom was
unreachable for hours and I even think at some point we had days where it was almost impossible to get into Freedom.
If you feel tied to the board for success your quit can be jeopardized by a technological glitch. If you are tied to any one person--that person could lose
their Internet connection, or relapse, or get sick or may even pass away. There are just too many variables if your quit is tied to another that can undermine
Freedom is a tool to help you with your quit. We are giving you an addiction education. But you need to keep these lessons with you, incorporate the education
into your general knowledge and way of life. Your success is contingent on you and you alone. Your quit is contingent on only you remembering that to stay
smoke free you must never take another puff!
From the string "Misery Loves Company"
You are responsible for your own success or your own failure. The fact is if every one of our Managers relapsed, if I took up smoking and if every other member
relapsed too, it would not justify your going back to smoking. It would not give you a legitimate reason to take a cigarette.
I have written this often but when it comes down to it there are only two legitimate reasons to take a cigarette.
One, you want to go back to smoking until it cripples and kills you,
two, you enjoyed the physical withdrawals you never want them to end. If this is the case take one drag every three days--withdrawals will last forever.
Every member should start to think out what his or her motivation is for participating at Freedom. If you are coming in to support your decision to quit, to
strengthen your resolve and thus secure your quit, then you should either read every single post on the board no matter how negative or positive it sounds so
you can see a balanced message, or, just focus on the positive posts and work on tapping into the positive attitude that the vast majority of our members have
If you are coming primarily to help others, which is fine if you are personally feeling relatively strong and secure and totally committed to staying free,
then you may spend a little more time reading the posts of people in distress so that you may help write posts to reinforce them. Although if you do this
enough, it wouldn't hurt for you to spend some time on the positive posts too so that you do not get sucked into a dismal abyss by spending so much time in
But if you are looking to rationalize smoking you are going to find more success elsewhere. Go talk to your smoking friends, they will often help you in your
quest to rationalize failure. If you believe all of the lies that people tell themselves and will often be glad to share with you as to why they keep on
smoking, you likely won't feel to bad about relapsing. Unfortunately whether you feel bad about it or not, your cigarettes are still going to control you
and slowly cripple and kill you. Your mind may believe the lies but your body knows the truth, and the truth is that if you are going to stay free saving your
health and your life is by you knowing to never take another puff!
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