Response to How Did You Quit Smoking Cigarettes?:
I quit cold turkey 5 years and a few months ago after being a chain smoker for 10 years. I was engaged to be married and my then-fiance told me had come to the realization that he could not make a lifelong commitment to someone who would likely die a horrible, cancerous death like both of his beloved grandfathers did due to their smoking. Also, with the possibility of children, I didn’t want to have to struggle to quit after I discovered I was pregnant. I was not willing to put my addiction bore tgose things. While I often bawled my eyes out in a corner because the quitting process was SO hard, I made it through. If I can, so can anyone. I had tried gums, patches, etc. before, but all they did was help me cut back and kept me addicted. I feel I can attribute this final success to a few things:
1. I had to want it more than I wanted to smoke. I had wanted to quit before, but I wanted to keep smoking more.
2. My faith in God, it wasn’t my own strength that resisted the cravings long term.
3. A Vicks vapor inhaler. For the first few weeks I had to focus on the physiological addiction and then planned to address the oral fixation later. Sucking on a Vicks inhaler gave me both that oral stimulation and burn in the back of my throat. I tried other items such as sunflower seeds, pen caps and peppermint sticks. Don’t use anything sugary to keep your mouth busy, the sugar makes the cravings worse!
4. The support of family and friends Staying away from triggers (like the bar and others who smoked) initially. While I was successful at quitting smoking, unfortunately I replaced it with a food addiction. I realized I would never be addiction-free without addressing some underlying psychological issues in therapy…so I am working on that now :) I also documented the first month of my Quit in hopes of inspiring others:
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