Here's my story; I quit thirteen years ago, I didn't use the Willpower Method, instead I opted for Allen Carr's Easy Way method. For some inexplicable reason I started smoking again about a year ago. I think it was the influence of other smokers at work that gave me the illusion that smoking IS enjoyable and in no time at all I was back to smoking ten a day.
Suffice to say I feel incredibly stupid and actually quite depressed. I have read the revised Easy Way To Stop Smoking book and watched the DVD. I always knew that I NEVER enjoyed smoking, the only 'enjoyment' was relieving the aggravation the previous cigarette created. So you see I have all the knowledge at my disposal but it's not working as I try to quit yet again.
Last night I smoked my first cigarette in seven days, I honestly believed I had done it but all day I suffered an intense craving to smoke. Withdrawal pangs are generally considered to last only a few minutes, I happen to disagree with that notion completely and whilst there is no physical pain I believe Allen Carr under estimates the power of withdrawal pangs and their duration.
I can't describe the feeling, it's as if the little monster was making its final attempt to get me to feed him and begin the filthy cycle all over again. Today I have only smoked two cigarettes but I am acutely aware that the monster inside my tummy has been resurrected. Can anybody give me some advice on how to deal with these types of cravings and perhaps shed some light on why I continue to smoke despite understanding completely the psychology behind nicotine addiction? I am at my wits end and feel utterly miserable and angry with myself.
The previous attempt to stop came from an usually tight chest and horrendous cough, also my hair started to thin and I looked and felt dreadful. With a two days of stopping I felt so much better, my hair started to thicken and the cough completely disappeared. However here I am again, a total and utter mug!
Many thanks in advance.