Some of you will remember me from some time ago. I have given up so often that I have now lost count (all serious and sometimes lengthy attempts, well, 3-4 weeks!). The last quit fell by the wayside in the usual way- alcohol and being around smokers. Anyway, I have been lurking around for a while on the forum, desperate for support but unwilling to post as I feel unqualified after so many failed quits. I certainly know all the pitfalls but have not mastered how to avoid them. That, I suppose, is the key.
However, have picked myself up yet again and have not smoked for nearly 2 weeks. I am on day 12 (I think). I am trying to manage this quit with military precision and am on guard at all times. I am using the large (21mg) patches and as a top-up, my new defence weapon is the wonderful nicotine lozenge. (the nicorette ones in the round confection). These have been a life-saver, cos if i am out (like last night) and feel a craving (as I sit in a fug of other people's smoke!), I just reach for a lozenge, and al is well again. Brilliant. I can highly recommend the lozenges to anyone using patches as I tend to forget about the patch. I know logically it is releasing nicotine, but I cannot feel it. Like when you have a drip in your arm and you don't feel the drugs going into your system. So, a lozenge every now and then helps to keep me calm and away from the fags. Plus it is something to put in your mouth!! I have searched on the internet and cannot find any advice on patches and lozenges used together. Each lozenge is 2 mgs but the instructions are based on using lozenges alone. Pretty useless. Anyway, if anyone knows about mixing NRT, please help. I may be slowly poisoning myself to death without knowing it!! How ironic would that be. At least I will have died a non-smoker!
Anyway, I have been helped so much by all your recent posts and want to say thanks and well done to you all on your quits.
I hope my coming back on the forum doesn't spell disaster for my quit as every time I post, I tend to slink away after a blip. Hopefully, this time will be different. I really am taking it one minute at a time and taking nothing for granted. It's the only way to do this. Complacancy will never be an issue for me. I am an addict and know that I always will be. But I am choosing to be a
smoker that no longer smokes, just like an alcoholic that no longer drinks.
Sorry for the usual ramble, had to get it off my chest!
Stay strong everyone!