Smoke Free-Conquering the Addiction Demon
I recently quit smoking. This was one of my 2012 New Year’s Resolutions and I wanted to make sure I stuck to it even when many people end up giving up on their goals only days or weeks into it. I am now on Day 8. It is tough; I have been smoking for twenty years. But I also have an almost 3 year old and a 5 year old who still have a lot of growing, learning and laughing to do and I want to make sure that I am there for all of it.
I had quit a couple times before in my past. Years ago when I gave birth to my now 22 year old daughter and my 19 year old son, my body made me quit when I was pregnant and nursing. But being stupid and not realizing the dangers and not being properly educated, I allowed myself to get sucked back into a life of smoking when the first sign of stress hit me and I was no longer nursing.
The more times you quit, the harder quitting becomes. So, this time, I prepared myself mentally for two months before my quit date so I could get my head in the right place. Then I went to the doctor’s and talked to her about the different stop smoking aids that were available, the differences in how they work with your body and what to expect, and the prices and then came up with the best solution for me.
While some people say that quitting cold turkey is the best method, not many people can do that without some form of help. Now I just want to address why quitting cold turkey is best:
1. It allows all traces of nicotine to be excreted from your blood stream without any new amounts coming back in.
2. Because there is a purging and ending of nicotine entering into your system, while you may suffer more severe withdrawal symptoms for the first three days, once they are over, you are on your way to a clean break.
3. Once you have managed to persevere through the toughest 3 days, they say that all withdrawal symptoms will be completely gone within 2 weeks and you will be on your way to just working on the psychological factors of the addiction.
One of the greatest inspirations I had was both my Aunt and Uncle who had been smoking for over 30 years both quit cold turkey and were marvelling about how well they felt now, how much more energy they have, and all the little goodies they have bought with the money they now save. Then a couple months ago, my 19 year old son also just quit cold turkey and I think for him though because he had only been smoking for about a year, the patch made him queasy and he found just not having any at all worked better for him.
So, I knew I could do it if I just put my mind to it. Once I had decided how I was going to do it, I told my husband and all my friends and family. I wanted to be held accountable. This is a crucial step in really getting your mind in the game. My husband even surprised me and the day I put the patch on, he too also took one and put it on when he had just said a few short weeks before he was not ready.
A few other things I have tried to keep myself motivated and going strong is I downloaded a free 149 page ebook by Joel Spitzer called “Never Take Another Puff”. This book really helped me. It is full of clinical studies, patient testimonies, and medical information that really makes you understand just how smoking is a powerful addiction and how you can get your life back.
I also made up a banner that I taped to my kitchen cupboards to give me inspiration throughout the day and keep me on the straight and narrow. And finally I made a motivational video that I could play back to myself and I also uploaded it to both Facebook and Youtube for anyone else to watch if they wanted to.
I am proud of where I stand today and know for the first time that I can be successful. I am armed with the right knowledge, have gotten the right perspective and am keeping the right attitude as I go along, and this really does help when it comes to finding that will power. I encourage all of you who have been thinking of quitting smoking to just do it! And always remember to just take it "ONE DAY AT A TIME".