I'm a 31 year old female desperate to get out of the deadly trap of nicotine addiction. I have been a 20/day smoker, and even got up to 40/day at one point for a couple of years. Every day for the last month has been day one for me. I think my best effort was about 14 hours (including 10 hours sleeping time haha).
I have tried everything on the market over the last 8 years or so to help me kick the habit, including 5 courses of Champix over 5 years. Patches, gum, e-cigs, "Easyway" book/dvd/audio book, hypnosis (my 8th session is on Wednesday), you name it, I've probably tried it.
I am desperate, desperate, DESPERATE to stop smoking. People I've spoken to (people who have quit successfully themselves) tell me I'm "just not ready". Yes I ****** am!!!!! I just don't know what to do anymore. I'm a stay at home mum with severe depression and anxiety. I've noticed that quitting cold turkey increases my anxiety levels ten-fold, resulting in panic attacks. I live alone with my 3 year old and these attacks render me quite useless (especially afterwards. I have been known to sleep for a good 9 hours straight after a panic attack)- Not a good thing when you have a 3 year old running around the house by themselves.
I have zero support around me, and have been unsuccessfully looking for an online forum to be actively involved with, but didn't know about this one until today. True, I'm not British (Aussie here), but I'm hoping you guys will welcome me with open arms anyway
I hope all of this makes sense. My mind is a jumble today. Anyway, this is (mostly) my story. Pleased to meet you