I was ill from about 3 weeks to 16 weeks or so. One thing after another. All sorts of weird infections, teeth issues meaning about 6 weeks on serious painkillers and antibiotics LOL - and then the flu. I do believe I got banned from the forums several times in that time frame.
Then came my crisis time - after all that at - about 4 months. Soooo close to smoking - but didn't.
Guess it is different for everyone.
I had been smoking heavily for 36 years and this was extremely hard for me to do. Still weird.
After smoking tobacco for about 15 years, I quit about 25 years ago. It took me about 10 years to quit. I kept telling myself 'I'll quit' and tried a few times but always went back to smoking. Then, one day, I came home from the shop without having bought a fresh packet of tobacco. I refused to go back to the shop and never bought tobacco again. It took a few months more before I stopped asking people for a spare one...But the one thing that really helped was to look myself in the mirror and say 'I don't smoke!'
And recently I gave up smoking marijuana. i smoked dope for 30 years, and grew my own for about the last five years. But a year ago, I started having chiropractic adjustments, and one day I realized smoking was doing my health no good. So, I pulled up a crop that nearly ready to harvest and threw it in the rubbish bin. I haven't smoked since and haven't graved a smoke.
And more recently I stopped drinking alcohol. About two years ago I would drink a bottle of vodka or scotch every weekend. Then I lost about 30 kilos of weight, took up playing squash and cut back my drinking to a six-pack on the weekend. After ceasing with dope - I just stopped going to the bottle-shop on the way home. I haven't had a drink of alcohol in about 3 months.
Wesley, writing about it was a mistake for me. I started "The Tobacco Diaries" (NOT meant as a plug) a couple of weeks ago and when I began smoking again, I couldn't bring myself to write at all. It's a strange thing to put yourself 'out there' in this community. I feel a sort of obligation to the wonderful people who gave me support and encouragement, and now there's a strange kind of guilt. I imagine I could write about relapse, but every time I begin, I seem stuck. Yikes!
That's why it's the tobacco diaries Lorlie! It is to chronicle how hard it is to quit and stay quit! What good is it to any reader to have everyone succeed! Only that when they try and can't quit yet they feel more a failure.
Remember our hero, writing the Basketball Diaries was real! The real deal! To be honest, I haven't been able to write due to anxiety attacks. I have them regularly, and my hands are cramping as I type in this forum.
I am using the electronic cigarettes and I still can't write hubs since I don't have my ashtrays and my habit!
Write it for all of those who relapse, they need to know they are not the only ones.
Aww, Faybe-thanks! I guess I'm just not sure how to write the hub. It really is a struggle-sorry about the anxiety. I also suffer from SAD and PTSD and KNOW that the conditions are far from controlled. Cigarettes give me a wonderfully false sense of relaxation. Crazy!
We would all rather have you around writing and talking to us than hiding out and not writing - just cuz you need to smoke, don't worry about it! I still smoke, like I said - on Sundays only - but only because I'm not allowed to smoke where I live and I never tell myself I am really quitting, because then I would be sneaking out back to smoke and get in trouble!! Better to just tell yourself - let's see how well I can do, and give yourself lots of strokes for reducing the number to a few a day - and then it will gradually become less and less important to you. Although - whenever I read the word "smoking" I want to smoke! really. we are complicated people - give yourself some slack and lots of good attention - don't feel bad.
I quit chewing tobbaco almost 2 years ago. I was at almost a can every other day. It was very hard. I tried many methods cutting down, the patch, but cold turkey was the only one. I quit once in the past for 2 years but I had probably had twenty slips in that time and then finally started again.
Now I have no slips.
Congratulations Sandra it will be one of the best things in your life to be rid of smoking.
I know you had a terrible time Mark. I certainly take my hat off to you. How the heck you didn't start again after all that happened, I'll never know. Still ... all in the past and you're the better for it
Everyone who quit has something to share. I had been smoking since I was 13 years old, possibly 12. So it was more than half my life.
How I inevitably put on weight is a mystery but it's a different kind of weight. A good kind of weight.
I think it beats the skin and bones with booze and cigarettes look any day! Still like my beer though and I actually like drinking more without the cigarettes.
For me, I didn't' change anything in my life. I didn't even toss out the old cigarette butts. I don't ignore my friends who still smoke either.
Literally, for me all I did was not smoke. For the first couple of weeks, I still went outside in the morning to drink my coffee. I just did it without the cigarette... I did things like that.
The gross stuff was hocking up brown balls of goop. ewwwww... lol. But it is worth it. And don't get me wrong, I have my days but they get easier. You just have to trust that ex smokers are telling the truth, that it does get easier.
Ps. Thank you Rabeckelle.
PPS. Just saw how this posted, it was to reply to Dale.
I do not smoke, so no point in quitting lol... But I have seen many people around me who did quit ... it was hard for them initially but later on they did it with ease... If you have self confidence and determination then you can do big wonders easily...
I quit cold turkey 8 months ago now and had to stop drinking coffee for about 3 months so that I didn't make it worse. I still feel like I could handle a smoke on occasion.. but I don't want to loose my sense of smell again.
Good on everyone who has been successful in quitting... Didn't you really really enjoy it? I Did.
God, I LOVED smoking - in fact, I felt exactly the same as Cagsil did (see earlier in the thread)...but then, I started hacking up this disgusting phlegm in the mornings and decided that was just TOO much. On top of that I started taking care of this elderly gentleman who's been smoking all his life: He now sucks on three different inhalers twice a day, takes nebulizer treatments six times a day, is on O2 'round the clock, and is wheelchair-bound. I decided I didn't want to end up like that.
i enjoyed the tobbaco. When I was frustrated, it calmed me down and gave a nice little kick in the morning. Dont get into the thought that you can still enjoy a cig once in awhile. After awhile you will be at the same point you were before you quit.
I quit once for two years and thought I could handle every once in awhile and it didnt work.
I am now again stopped for 2 years and I wont touch tobacco ever again.
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