posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 09:13 PM
Good luck man!!!
It's hard, but doable.
I'll give you some crazy counter-intuitive advice.
Try to quit coffee at the same time. I know it sounds like it would make it worse, but for me it didn't.
First of all, like you said, the coffee is a huge trigger. I also found booze (obviously) and oddly enough sugar to be a trigger.
Secondly, I found if I wanted to cheat, I would have a cup of coffee and consider that the big cheat for the day and the little buzz I would get from
not having caffeine for a few days would augment the nicotine I was missing.
Another weird thing I did was when I would break down and have a smoke, I would take a sharpie (seriously the permanent marker kind) and draw a hash
mark on my arm. I told everyone I was doing this so basically I set myself up as to where there was no "sneaking" a smoke. When I did cheat the
momentary satisfaction was left with a permanent reminder that I was cheating.
Anyway, that probably all sounds weird, but try to find something that you can relate to that will help you get through it.
Oh, and another thing, put the money you would have spent on smokes in a jar everyday. After a month, besides the health benefits, you will se a real
tangible reason for quitting.
Best of luck.