46 years with fags 14 days without !

Hi all

So pleased to find this site...14 days in and am struggling big time! Patches irritating like i cant describe... after every meal all i want is to smoke .....in fact after anything i just want to smoke .....will it get better? if so when.....

Am avoiding people as i cant be trusted to be nice. Does anyone know if length of addiction has any effect on time it takes to give up?

Purdy xx

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  • Hi Purdy,

    I don't know if the length of addiction makes any difference. I smoked for 50 years. Everyone is different as you'll see if you read lots of posts.

    If you wave the patches around for about a minute they won't itch.

    Well done on getting this far.

  • Thankyou Una Will try waving patch around .....50 years! hey now I feel like a novice lol Just lovely to feel i'm not alone thankyou xx

  • Hi all

    So pleased to find this site...14 days in and am struggling big time! Patches irritating like i cant describe... after every meal all i want is to smoke .....in fact after anything i just want to smoke .....will it get better? if so when.....

    Am avoiding people as i cant be trusted to be nice. Does anyone know if length of addiction has any effect on time it takes to give up?

    Purdy xx

    Oh dear, where is Hellebelles when you need her..... I will try to answer this. I smoked for 40 years and in answer to your question

    does the lenght of addiction affect your quit?...

    I think it does to a certain extent, I believe it is more ingrained in your life as a life long habit it becomes hrd to remember a time when you didn't smoke. However that doesn't mean you can't quit after 40+ years. I have, Una has, and so have many others on this forum.

    Will it get better? Most definitely it will. When? that is up to you and your mental positive attitude and desire to quit. The more you want it the easier it will be.

    I hope you stick with this you wont regret it you will feel so much better, be richer, have increased self esteem and be generally happier because you wont be constantly worrying about your health. I am so glad I quit after 40 years and will never go back to it. Good luck:)

  • Great start Purdy, well done

  • wow... thanku Haze and Biggrin I feel better for your help ....I WILL NOT SMOKE TODAY ....tomorrow is another battle....Ty xx

  • Purdy congrats on 14days, I'm on 16 days now and too have really good days and really bad days :eek:

    Stick with it and take each day As it comes don't look to far ahead at the mo

    This seems the only way I'm dealing with it, forever with out a fag seems impossible but a day isnt

    Good luck and keep it up xx

  • Aww thankyou Sian I'm really touched and pleased with all the support from everyone on this site and am impressed and inspired by you all ....Keep it up and well done to everyone ..... I am determined to be here helping someone soon xx

  • You already are helping Hun by posting as it means we all are having the same addiction problems and by reading each other posts we are helping each other:D

    Finding this forum was pot luck for me but also the best thing I ever did xx

  • Sian or should i call you angel?...ty

  • Ty

    That's the right attitude, 1 day at a time. Wishing all the very best in your quit.

    Fi x

  • Purdy welcome and hello to you :-) ok let me start of before I rant ( which im famous for just read my posts ;-) ) wlecome and congrats, well done to you, you made the right deicsion blar blar and more blar!!!! the thing is no one can comment on the time for the addication, the thing to remember is nicotine is out yur system in 48 hours the rest is all a mind game.... remember you have smoked for 46 years, your mind associates everything to smoking and i mean everything... you will have to discover your own risk points and deal with them, the way to deal with them is to not react at all, DO NOT change your routine as this way you will feel like your missing out! why should you stop doing what you like just because you dont smoke ? can I ask why are you avioding people ? this wil lmake your quit worse in my opinion but remeber thats my opinion. Keep your mood at bay by controlling it and breathing deeply and taking a sip of icey cold water to cool you down... as much as it can be painful not to slap some idiot you can trust me lol... after about 3-4 weeks you wil lreturn slowely back to normal. DONOT expect to wake up one morning and think " hey im a happy non smoker" as you wont you just learn to adapt. we are drug addicts and alsways will be when nicotime concerend its a case of re training your brain..... now 3 months on, i rarely get withdrawle im back to my normal self, i dont think about fags, but sometimes i get that horrid feeling of OMG I NEED A FAG... then remember non smokers feel the same when stressed, but smokers or ex smokers associate eveything with cigs hence the craving.... you will get there dont give in and please try to keep your normal routine and stay positive. My partner is a ful ltime smoker so im sirrounded by it, i have had to force my little brain into a non smoking one and it hurts, its hard, its high maintainance but it works

    derek

    x

  • Hi Purdy. Big welcome to you and a big well done for making it so far!

    I wrote a post a while back, you'll find it in the 1 year + section. I think it's called something like 'day 454 ramble' or something similar, and it outlines some stuff that helped me get past feeling like you're feeling now. Please have a look for it, you might find something there that is of some use.

    I'm not sure that the speed at which you 'get over' smoking is directly related to how long you smoked. It might have some bearing, but it's a lot more to do with each individual's approach and mental attitude to their quit. Keep reading, keep revisiting your reasons for doing this. enjoy the positive effects of quitting. The craves will come and they will be hard, but keep reminding yourself that the rewards are HUGE, and each crave is one more battle won, and one step further along the path to freedom.

    Hang in there, you are doing a GREAT THING.

    Helen

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