Really Struggling :(

I'm really struggling with cravings. I have gum which helps a lot but If I have gum am I not just prolonging the withdrawal?

Is it better for me to just go through the withdrawal? Which BTW is really horrible, I was in tears last night cos I wanted a ciggie so much and knew that if I had one I'd instantly feel better.

HELP!! :confused:

Hello BTW :) I'm new

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  • Some people need NRT, some don't

    Heya, a lot of the people on this forum successfully knocked their smoking out with nicotine replacement therapies, such as gum, inhaler, and the patch. On the other side of things, many of us went cold turkey. It is totally a personal preference, and it would be hard to tell you which way is better. From personal experience, cold turkey, the cravings lessened after the third day. Supposedly the nicotine can leave your system in 72 hours fully. Unfortunately, those first three days are the three worst days you will ever go through :)... but, thats what the forum is for, we are behind you 100% no matter which method you choose to stomp your smoking habit with. We would love to be updated on how things are going, and the methods you are using to cope. You can do it! - oh, and from personal experience, when it does get easy, don't let your guard down. Nicodemon is one sneaky bugger.

    Vike

  • I'm determined not to smoke but it's so hard. I've been a regular smoker for 20 years. In all that time if I've ever needed a cigarette I've had one. I've never really questioned my smoking before, just gone with it so to tell myself no feels so weird.

    I hope I start to feel better soon, it's hard to believe I will at the moment.

  • Just keep going over your reasons for quitting

    There has to be something that made you quit in the first place... and don't let the nicotine demon trick you into thinking about that one good ciggie... remember all the bad ones and the smell that comes with it. You are staying strong, and... it will get easier at some point. Fight it to the end of today, and don't forget a reward!

    Hugs,

    Vike

  • A friend my own age died of lung cancer, he was only 34. It was awful to see him go through what he did.

    How much easier is giving up smoking than dying for it?

    I need to keep it in perspective.

    Thanks for your help.

  • Don't give up giving up!

    Hey Lizzyloo,

    I am on day 5 after being a smoker for 19 years, it is damm hard but this time round i was gonna do it cold turkey...it was to hard so went on the gum, I have managed to cut down from around 9 peices the first day to around 5, I alternate it with normal gum.....I too do not want to become dependant on it but feel using the gum we are in control of how much nicotine we get!

    If you need more insparation, have a look at the Brian Curtis story on this site, I warn you it's upsetting, the guy was only 34 when he died of lung cancer, but it hit's home hun!

    Good Luck x

  • It will get much easier, and way worth not dying.

    So proud of you Lizzieloo! Keep it up!

    Vike

  • A friend my own age died of lung cancer, he was only 34. It was awful to see him go through what he did.

    How much easier is giving up smoking than dying for it?

    I need to keep it in perspective.

    I am very sorry to hear about your friend, Let it not be in vain, if his death has an impact on one person who quits and rescues themselves from nicotines death penalty then it wasn't in vain.

    Hindsight sucks in such a situation, lets not get that far down the road x

    Keep it up guys we're all succeeding, albeit a pain in the backside, with a roller-coaster of emotions from crying, guilt, anger, grief and total insanity!

    Buffy x

  • good luck

    hi just wanted to say well done to everyone ,we are all doing so well i cant believe im on day 18 lets keep up the good work!!!!!!!:)

  • yes im the one!

    hi im coming up to 12 weeks and have dating scan on monday 19th am so excited :) x claire

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