Five months

Hello everyone. I wanted to introduce myself in the hope that this forum can be a source of help for me and that I can offer help to others.

I quit smoking on the 7/9/14 through the use of patches. I had been a heavy smoker for the past twenty years. I was initially quite surprised at how easy I was finding it (I took to the patches like a duck to water and I now highly recommend them to every poor smoker that is unfortunate enough to come across me!). I finished using the patches after about five or six weeks and it has generally been alright. Although this past few weeks, maybe month, has been quite difficult.

Does anyone else, this far into their quit, feel that life would be much easier if we were smokers again? I sometimes feel that I am on the cusp of giving in to it. It has been about three continuous months of no nicotine in my system so I am very dubious about using any substitutes. Does anyone have experience of returning to use (either smoking or e-cig, gum, patch) temporarily after a similar length of time?

Any feedback or advice would be well received and appreciated. Thanks x

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  • hi Bedso, just remember how much a packet of fags are. Thats what I have been doing when I get 'the urge'. Dont waste your money on those things that do nothing for you. Sometimes I get the money out that I would spend on the cigarettes and i will buy something else instead at the time of the urge and then say take that!

    Try not to go back on NRT if you can help it either, you dont want a life controlled by nicotine addiction

    :-) *throwing glitter at you*

  • Hello to you and a huge welcome now come on in sit down coffee on, my word you are doing so fantastic, I to used the patch method but even using that takes determination, you have proven you have that.

    Addiction does by nature mean we are going to be slightly uncomfy, when quitting as, if if were easy , no one would smoke,,( if someone offered you a nicotine sweet, would you have it I'm guessing no)

    Each and every crave you have will become less and less , your flying solo now that's fantastic, just keep going, doing a great job, it will get easier.

  • Thanks. It will pass. I hope everyone has a good day.

  • Afternoon Beds :D

    Firstly, a big fat welcome to the forum from me. Haven't you done well to get 5 months under your belt? That takes a great deal of dedication, guts & hard work and I hope you're giving yourself all the praise due. Secondly, I don't think there is one of us who hasn't had a wobbly moment at some point, even months into our quits. When you think about it, it is only to be expected that after 20 years or more (it was over 30 in my case :o) it's going to take more than 5 or 6 months (or even a year+) before our brains really catch up with our squeaky-clean, non smoking bodies.

    You're quite right Beds- it will pass and the good thing is that those moments really do become fewer and further between the more time that passes. I hardly ever experience anything like it now and when I do it feels like no more than the ghost of a memory (if that makes sense) and dissipates almost instantly.

    May the remainder of your first year fly past and now you've taken the plunge do stick around and join in. It's jolly good to meet you. :):)

  • Afternoon Beds :D

    Firstly, a big fat welcome to the forum from me. Haven't you done well to get 5 months under your belt? That takes a great deal of dedication, guts & hard work and I hope you're giving yourself all the praise due. Secondly, I don't think there is one of us who hasn't had a wobbly moment at some point, even months into our quits. When you think about it, it is only to be expected that after 20 years or more (it was over 30 in my case :o) it's going to take more than 5 or 6 months (or even a year+) before our brains really catch up with our squeaky-clean, non smoking bodies.

    You're quite right Beds- it will pass and the good thing is that those moments really do become fewer and further between the more time that passes. I hardly ever experience anything like it now and when I do it feels like no more than the ghost of a memory (if that makes sense) and dissipates almost instantly.

    May the remainder of your first year fly past and now you've taken the plunge do stick around and join in. It's jolly good to meet you. :):)

  • Thanks for the words of encouragement. I enjoy reading how others have been coping. Onwards and upwards. Might take up yoga or something..

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