originally posted by: fusiondoe
As the title suggests I gave up yesterday. Smoked for 13 years very heavily.
Having successfully quit before for two years I know I can do this but the last four attempts have ended in failure.
Any coping mechanisms? Ideas? Tricks that ex smokers here have to keep smoke free, really want to beat it this time.
I am so fed up being wheezy and feeling like crap.
I've been a smoker off and on for a big part of my life. I have stopped for years, only to take it up again later, until I get sick of being a
coughing slave, then quit again.
I have used Zyban - an anti depressant that turned out to make people stop smoking as a side effect.
It worked great! But I ended up having a severe allergic reaction to it. So - something to try if you aren't allergic.
I have done Chantix (twice) - Both times, it worked really well. In both of these cases, you continue smoking for a while at first. In both cases, I
simply stopped before the planned date to stop, of my own accord.
But with Chantix, there are serious risks. There is a high suicide rate. I believed I would spot signs of depression coming on and alert my doctor if
any started. But it was like getting hit by lightning! No progressive slip. I woke up one morning, calm and clear headed, convinced I have done
everything I wanted to achieve in life and it is time to check out.
My friends alerted my husband, who called my doctor.
I had felt I no longer needed the Chantix, and had stopped ubruptly. It is important to cut down the dosage slowly before stopping. A risk to take
A couple years later, I started smoking again. Smoked for about nine months, in a period of stress, and decided I wanted to stop.
It has been 15 days.
This time, no drugs. I simply read a book. I had heard many people say it worked for them. My brother, a heavy smoker for most of his life, stopped
completely years ago after reading this book.
I know it sounds crazy- a book. Damn, I even sound like I'm on a infomercial.
I read it in two or three days, and when I finished, I just quit. Haven't smoked since, and most importantly? I have not been anxious or irritable, I
have had no sense of suffering. I have been around people smoking and I have had a few drinks with friends, without caving in. (this is France, lots
of smokers everywhere, less social condemnation, easy to fall off the wagon- lots of skinny women who will not hesitate to suggest you smoke rather
than get fat...)
The book is Allen Carrs Easy way to stop smoking. Google it! He just offers different ways of looking at it, that really make all the difference.
I am not a supporter of vapes or any other sort of replacement therapy, like gum, patches, etc. in which you keep getting nicotine. None of those have
ever gotten me free of nicotine addiction.
Like I said, it has only been 15 days, but I swear to you, I feel great and am not suffering at all.