You lot are going to be fed up of me! XX
OK so my rationale says I done a 5 year quit with patches, so I am going to go back to NRT, whats the worst that can happen.....fail like i did with my two previous quits.....let see how I get on.
NMCE, dont ever think we are fed up of you. Your a challenge yes but we still luvs ya.
Seriously I think you are doing the right thing. Like I have said before nrt is not as dangerous as tobacco. You can do this. xx
Yes I am hard work, my mam has told me many times x
Mums always right
Its mam x
My Mom wouldn’t have recognised Mam. 🤪 she would have recognised Mum though.
My mom was a tiny lady who gave me the Medusa look every time I lit up. Made me feel 2 inches tall.
What ever works 👍xx
As long as you’re not smoking. A lot of people stay on NRT for a long time I hear.
I'm doing the course as recommended, 21mg for 6 weeks, then 14 and 7mg for 2 weeks each x
I carry the NRT gum just in case.
Very good idea AZ.
I stopped smoking using exactly this method, as advised by an nhs counsellor. I started wearing them for 16 hrs, but struggled in the mornings. So I then wore them for 24 hrs, changing them at about 6pm, and this helped. I was also given an inhalator, gum and spray to use as a booster method, but I didn't use them as I felt I would prolong the nicotine addiction by taking more in. Each time I dropped to a lower strength patch, I experienced mood withdrawal, which lasted a few days before levelling out again. When I stopped the patches completely, I had about 3 weeks of low mood.
You need to view the patches as a background aid, only dealing with the physical withdrawal while you cope with the psychological withdrawal. They are not a miracle cure, and you will need to keep using your willpower while they help you recover.
I have been completely nicotine free for 10 weeks, and cigarette free for 4 months. I am not yet a 'happy non-smoker', and have not yet found the smell disgusting or felt pity for smokers - quite the opposite. I have eventually accepted that I am going to take a lot longer to reach that scenario than some suggest. I take one day at a time, and gradually my craving moments and triggers are lessening. I have told myself that, because of me being me, it will take at least a year. I know I will not smoke again - there is no way I want to repeat this process ever again- but I have given myself permission to take as long as I need to recover from this addiction.
Many people will tell you it helps to keep reminding yourself of the reasons you wanted to quit. My big four were health, being a social outcast, expense and not wanting to cover my grandson with the smell of cigarettes. However, I found that all too much to think about when I needed a coping mechanism - so I chose just one of those. I put an image in my mind of my beautiful smiling grandson running towards me with his arms outstretched for a cuddle. I would never have lit up when that happened and neither would I have wanted to. When the cravings or triggers hit, I take a big deep breath and use just that one image to get myself through it.
Be patient, and don't expect too much of yourself.
Don't get angry with yourself - accept that it's hard for you and you're doing your best.
Be prepared for a slight 'setback' every time the patch reduces.
Don't expect a miracle.
Take one day at a time.
Create just one image of the quit reason which helps you most - and use it.
Believe you can do it eventually, however long it takes.
Hope this helps
Wow amazing...very inspirational....thank you
You're very welcome - I know you can do this. I have done 5 months today (although I think I'm still in the 4 month club) I never thought I would get this far - having done 3 years twenty five years ago, and then swearing that I would never go through quitting again! One day at a time....
YOU! We could never get fed up with you!
That's why we are all here! We've all had wobbles and needed support! You've been here for us! It's your turn!!
As I said before, whatever works is fine, it's about the end result! Give yourself a break!!! STOP being so tough on yourself!
Looking forward to hearing how you're feeling with the patches! 😘Xx
You know me i sure will x
How you get there is all that matters, there is no special badge of honor for going cold turkey...some people just prefer it. I would suspect if there is an accurate way to measure it , there is a higher failure rate for cold turkey vs NRT. The mini lozenges helped me, but it did take awhile to get off of them.
Thank you very much
NOMO Never fed up with you just going to pound into your head that you can do this, if I can do it you can do it....NRT will help you but my doc told me and I am going to tell you do not rush NRT....21mg 14 days, 14 mg 14 days and 7 mg 28 days that is what I did but you may be different you may need to do all 28 days everyone is different I just wanted to get the nic out of my system and be done with it.....2 more weeks and I will be at 5 months thank you jesus!
long time, I couldn't quite believe what I was seeing. (Nope still can't get the funny faces right)
to quit smoking tomorrow. Am 54 and started smoking @ 16. Tried so many times but I always fail. I will...
Start a Community