Help !!!

Hi all hope everyone is doing well with their quits :-)) I really need some help/ advise. I managed to quit for 8 weeks,( with a slight slip ) I don't really know why I started again was feeling really stressed and foolishly thought that having a cig would help it didn't ! Just made me feel like I had let myself down :-/ I really thought that at the beginning of this quit that if I could just go 1 day without I would never go back ! So I have learnt that it takes a lot more determination and focus than I first thought. During those 8 weeks I had some really big craves but on the plus side I felt free, not worrying about when I could have my next fix enjoying days out just generally feeling better about everything ;-)) my problem now is I don't quite know how to start a new quit should I try NRT ? Or cold turkey ? Or champix ? Any advise/tips would be much appreciated sorry for rambling on ! :-))

Thanks

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  • Welcome back :)

    I'd do a mix of NRT and Allen Carr. Know he's anti-NRT but that doesn't matter!!

    What worked for me (might not for you 'cos we're all different) was using patches and then gum when a big crave hit, plus drinking loads of water and having a fidget toy.

    Haven't used Champix but have heard it's fab but with side efects.

  • Hello Mrs C

    Good that you are back on your quit!!! I am personally taking Champix (been quit six whole weeks today!) but as Gemma has already said it's not for everyone! I have been fairly lucky(?) in that I have only had nausea and the odd sleepless night but others have not been as fortunate.

    Why not visit your smoking cessation nurse who will probably offer all alternatives (well this is what mine did)? I decided against the NRT just because I wanted to be rid of nicotine (but as said it's "horses for courses").

    Good luck whatever you decide!!! ;)

  • I totally mirror what G-L said!

    Get the book to hand and have some NRT for when you might feel like you will slip up. He does go on about NRT not being needed in a quit, but to be honest, if your having a massive wobble what would be better - some gum or a ciggie???

    Good luck! :)

  • I totally mirror what G-L said!

    Get the book to hand and have some NRT for when you might feel like you will slip up. He does go on about NRT not being needed in a quit, but to be honest, if your having a massive wobble what would be better - some gum or a ciggie???

    Good luck! :)

    Yay :cool:

    Think it's important not to feel bad about using NRT - OK it would be fab if we could all go cold turkey but there's not that many of us who can!!

    Know I'd be smoking again if it wasn't for NRT, because I lack the willpower to go CT.

    Oh and definitely post on here, a lot when you're feeling wobbly and we'll guide you through it :)

  • Thanks ;-)

    Thanks to everyone who replied to my call for help !! Have made an appointment at the GPs to talk over my options, will let you know how I get on !

    Mrs C xx

  • Hi Mrs C! :) While I would always advise that cold turkey is the best method (though I was nowhere near strong enough to manage that), I've said throughtout my quit that, if I were to fail, I'd try champix. It seems to have worked well for a lot of people and, rather than being a substitute for nicotine, it eventually turns you off smoking altogether (I think). x

  • Hi Mrs C! :) While I would always advise that cold turkey is the best method (though I was nowhere near strong enough to manage that), I've said throughtout my quit that, if I were to fail, I'd try champix. It seems to have worked well for a lot of people and, rather than being a substitute for nicotine, it eventually turns you off smoking altogether (I think). x

    Agree with [most of:)] what you've said Sarah. I know NRT works for some people so I don't want to knock it in any way, BUT, for me at least, the fundamental difference is that Champix breaks your need for nicotine (and therefore your need for tobacco), whereas NRT breaks your need for tobacco (but maintains your need for nicotine).

    You say that Champix 'turns you off smoking' which is where I would draw a distinction - I think everyone reading on this forum is already turned off smoking, whether they are still smoking or not. The key is that Champix 'turns you off nicotine', and once you've managed to break that dependency, it becomes VERY EASY to stop poisoning yourself with tobacco.

  • Agree with [most of:)] what you've said Sarah. I know NRT works for some people so I don't want to knock it in any way, BUT, for me at least, the fundamental difference is that Champix breaks your need for nicotine (and therefore your need for tobacco), whereas NRT breaks your need for tobacco (but maintains your need for nicotine).

    You say that Champix 'turns you off smoking' which is where I would draw a distinction - I think everyone reading on this forum is already turned off smoking, whether they are still smoking or not. The key is that Champix 'turns you off nicotine', and once you've managed to break that dependency, it becomes VERY EASY to stop poisoning yourself with tobacco.

    Agreed :) I can't think of a time when I was "turned on" to smoking :rolleyes: Ha!

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