I saw a post by C-SK and it mentioned other addictions. I got me thinking about how nicotine addiction compares to others and wanted to share mine.
I wont go into details, but over the years I have dealt with a number of other addictions of 'harder' substances. For me personally, quitting nicotine has been the hardest by a mile. Other drugs are more difficult in the immediate - the days following stopping - but after a week or so, it became much easier quit quickly. Nicotine is hard at the start and of course does get easier, but it has a tendency to linger and stay for longer. What is also does, which I have not experienced with other substances, is pop up at random times much further down the line, seemingly out of the blue. I quit in Jan and still get urges, although these now don't last long. I'm fully prepared for the fact they will probably always happen for the rest of my life.
I guess what I want to say to you all who are quitting is DON'T BE PUT OFF that its hard - I think its the hardest of all (that I know of) so it will be a battle. You're in the 'Premier League' of addictions and the fact you're not smoking each day is amazing! One day at a time. Keep it up, focus your mind and it will get easier. I promise. And keep coming here!
Sorry this is not a particularly jolly Xmas post but, hey, giving up smoking doesn't stop for Christmas