So in trying to quit smoking and it's bloody hard I still crave smokes I'm using patches and gum and reading Allen Carr's Easyway To Stop Smoking. I've come across a bit of a problem the book says don't use substitutes . So I'm wondering is there anyone who has successfully quit cold turkey ? Or which substitutes did you use?
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21-07-2012 17:26 #1
21-07-2012 19:11 #2
I quit cold turkey on New Year 2000/2001. I had smoked on and off for 13 years. I was so very ready to give up and it worked this time because I simply didn't want to smoke any more. The first few weeks were difficult, especially going out to the pub. If I wanted to smoke I used to say to myself, I'm just not going to smoke tonight, if I still want a ciggerette tomorrow then I will buy a pack and have one tomorrow but right now, I'm just not going to smoke tonight. There were one or two occassions when I got rip-roaring drunk at the pub because I replaced the hand to mouth action of a smoke with a drink.
21-07-2012 19:24 #3
I did it cold turkey about 3 1/2 years ago. Yes it was hard, but I don't think any gum or patches would've made it easier, they just keep you hooked on nicotine really.
If you read the info that says how fast nicotine is gone from your system, it made sense to me that the whole thing really is a mind game. I did buy a packet of the herbal tobacco free nicotine free cigarettes and had about 5 of those during the whole quitting process when I really felt like it (mostly when having a few drinks), but to be honest once you taste those and aren't getting the hit of nicotine then you may as well give up because it's not an experience you'd want often
It's too easy to give in, but you can be stronger than you thought possible and keep trying till you get there. All the best
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21-07-2012 19:26 #4
i quit cold turkey once because i found out i was pregnant (then stupidly started again a few years later....)
then i quit cold turkey again simply because i wanted to. every time i lit a cigarette i actually didn't like the taste, after a few drags i would want to ditch it.
i researched and found that the physical withdrawals actually abate after roughly 48 hrs. i said to myself 'if i can get through that first 48, the rest is simply mind over matter'.
i also didn't socialise for about 3 weeks (in terms of sitting with friends and having a drink) as i always want to smoke when i drink.
once i got past that first couple of days i knew it was physically out of my system and i just had to focus on willpower. and i'm a stubborn bi$tch...
a couple of things helped me the first night (and don't shoot me down in flames, this just helped me....) i went to bed early and took some mersyndol to help zonk me out. my goal was just to get through that first 2 days....the second day wasn't as bad and i also found quitting in winter great as it was so cold to go have a cigarette.
good luck, and don't beat yourself up. if it doesn't work, leave it a couple of weeks and try again.
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21-07-2012 19:47 #5
The book says don't stop smoking whilst reading the book, only stop once finished.
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21-07-2012 20:01 #6Member
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The book worked for me. You smoke the whole way through reading the book and then when you are finished the book you just don't feel like smoking anymore (well I didn't anyway and so have a number of my friends). I used it and quit cold turkey in November 2010. Have not even been tempted to smoke again. Feel so much better for it too. The book also worked for my husband but he has caved in twice while out drinking with the boys! The main thing with the book is you really have to be ready to quit. In the end it was so easy for me to quit after 10 years of smoking because it was starting to really impact on my health and quality of life. Good luck with quitting. If you don't manage it the first time just read the book over and try again.
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21-07-2012 20:44 #7
I'm almost finished reading the book and feel like I want to quit but the cravings for nicotine are so strong I actually had a melt down earlier tonight an ended up crying on the kitchen floor so stressed I wanted to drink which was also a problem for me which I've conquered and no longer drink at all because I had a drinking problem and drank myself drunk every night so stoping drinking was something that was really hard for me but I did it the withdrawals from nicotine I was having drove me to breaking point where I wanted a drink thankfully I didn't cave and drink instead I snapped and brought smokes I feel so guilty the withdrawals have made me so agitated and snappy I yelled at my DS for arguing with me I can't try champix as my dr Wont prescribe it due to my depression and anxiety and anti depressants I'm on and I feel like the patches and gum work for a bit but not long enough I'm actually crying as I'm writing this cause I never thought I'd find it this difficult to quit
21-07-2012 21:06 #8
I read the book and then I found cutting down slowly was quite easy I couldn't go cold turkey.
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22-07-2012 10:03 #9
23-07-2012 14:06 #10
Me and DH have an appointment with our gp this afternoon to get a prescription for patches.
Tonight will hopefully be our last night as smokers!!!!!!
Its my bday on Thursday and Im determined to live my last year of my 20's (and beyond) cigarette free!!
OP, feel free to PM me if you need and moral support!!! We can do this!!
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