There appears to be a lot of people still having bad cravings and crawling up the walls etc. even after being quit for 2+ months so I feel slightly guilty in not having any of those anymore, or at least not as often as I was getting them at first. Saying that, I don't get the cravings as such but I do instictively reach out for my fags every few days but that soon passes once I realise I don't smoke.
I've lost a stone in weight since I stopped, sleep like a log, don't wake up craving a cig in the morning, and don't get bad tempered, upset or feel sorry for myself
It can't be just me who feels this way so I was wondering what methods people are using to quit? and whether those getting the bad cravings should be looking at possibly other, better ways to stop. I was the worst smoker I know and could never see myself as a non smoker but after reading the Allen Carr book and listening to his CD's it made me realise why I didn't need a cig or enjoy smoking. Whenever i've tried quitting in the past using the replacement methods i.e. patches, chewing gum etc. I've always had the bad cravings etc. as I was still addicted to the nicotine from the patches so I think they only way to realistically quit is to stop the nicotine immediately.
The problem with cutting down, or using nicotine replacement is that it just prolongs the agony; it's virtually impossible to reduce the nicotine intake without going through hell as your body is still craving the drug.
The craving never goes away until we get rid of the nicotine altogether and understand that we didn't enjoy smoking in the first place. Whilst still putting nicotine into our systems and believing that we enjoyed smoking and that we have given up a pleasure, we are simply putting off the day when we start smoking again.
"The only way to quit is to quit!"