OK here is my story:
I stopped 3 weeks and 5 days ago, 1st week with full strength patches, last 2-3 weeks 4mg Gum , around eight to twelve pieces of gum a day.
Anyway after chatting to a friend at work who stopped 5 years ago he explained to me about the addiction to Nicotene.
My friend at work has been helping me (listening to me) at work through this stopping smoking period in my life, I am so gratefull for his advice as he has been through what I / we are going through right now but he did this 5 years ago and has never smoked since.
On Thursday things had been going through my head ie: ok just about four weeks with no ciggies but am still addicted to gum, or I have developed a gum addiction. (well it was going half price at the local supermarket)
Every time I spoke to my friend at work, he always said "stop the NRT , its the only way to get rid of the addiction, no matter if its next week or five years time , you still need to go through the withdraw period"
Am not for one minute advising the following however I thought I would share my time:
OK :rolleyes: Thursday morning, had two pieces of gum, another after lunch. I returned to the office at 2.30pm and said to my friend that I now understand what this addiction thing (no habit) is going on and am going to try and stop the gum.
OK Thursday night no gum, felt liked I needed something but def not a ciggie.
Friday: ok felt strange, like the time I tried to stop smoking before, but this time I did not crave a smoke, I knew in my heart it was Nicotene I was craving, not SMOKES.
Friday night I was so restless, though around 11.30pm watching tv having a beer, it was like a switch in my head, no more feeling like crap etc ... the drug had now left my body And to be HONEST its no harder than that just craving feeling for a smoke .. though you gotta ride the timeout with it ... they say 48-72 hours .. it was less for me ....
OK no more gum and no more smokes, no more intense physical craves YEEHA :if I had only know the past twenty years that those PHYSICAL cravings go away at the most 72 hours (3 days) thats like 3 days of craving for a smoke, the cravings dont actually get any worse than like when your in a situation and want/need a smoke and cant have one, you just need to put up with a fag crave for 72 hours at the most.
And of course "Want to stop smoking" :cool:
Sorry for my rammble but if that helps anyone stop smoking or encourage them, I feel that I would be giving back something to the forum.
Love & Peace ..