i've been smoking for 25 years. i'm 12 years clean & sober from addiction/alcoholism. i used to do a lot of drinking & drug taking. i also went through the mental health system & experienced a lot in the way of extreme/non-ordinary states, being labelled with psychosis. i have used the principles of the 12 steps, & worked through them formally in the past. But have not done an NA/AA meeting for a number of years, as i started to really struggle with it all. i continue to practise spirituality in my life.
i am strong around everything else i used to do, but tobacco has been incredibly hard to stop. i have tried everything, hypnotism, Alan Carr course, books, all the NRT's, the smoke stop service 7 times, all sorts. i have tried using the 12 steps around smoking as well, but still haven't been able to stop. There are no nicotine anon meetings near to me.
i do feel that i need a lot of help & support to stop, & smoking has been one of my main coping mechanisms.
i do want to stop - i just feel so addicted to it.