I used to have lots of unhealthy habbits,but I am trying to be as healthy as possible now. I quit IV heroin and cocaine 2 monthes ago and have been exercising, meditating, and eating paleo since shorty after I quit. I feel much healthier now. A problem is that I cannot stop smoking, been smoking for a few years and have tried to quit many times. Any former smokers on here that have any advise for quitting?
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on April 25, 2013
at 04:12 AM
Are you doing a 12 step program for the heroin and cocaine? It seems to me that 2 months is a wonderful accomplishment, but still really new. Maybe just focus on maintaining your freedom from kill-you-quickly drugs and then work on the kill-you-slowly one in a couple years?
And congratulations on your wonderful life change. Best wishes!
on April 25, 2013
at 03:58 AM
I smoked for about ten years. The best advice I can give you is to make it YOUR decision to quit. Establish what YOUR reason is for quitting, and get fired up about it. It can't be because so-and-so wants you to quit, or because you keep getting told to quit. It has to be a personal reason for you that you care about.
That's step one. Step two:
I then played mental tricks on myself to get myself through the worst of the three day withdrawal - I would tell myself that in five minutes, I would have a cigarette, and I would mean it. I would actually intend to go have a cigarette in five minutes. When five minutes had elapsed, I would make a decision in a new unit of time to go another five minutes. As the hours went on, I would lost track of these intervals of time, but whenever I'd have a serious craving again, I'd just restart the clock for five minutes. I then could extend it to ten min, then twenty minutes. I found after three days, smoke started to smell horrendous to me and I started to smell it all over my clothes when previously I LOVED the smell of smoke and loved smoking so much. I couldn't stand to be around people who were smoking.
Now, I am VERY glad that I quit smoking because I ended up bedridden in the hospital last year with chronic pleurisy, which is basically chronic inflammation of the lining of the chest cavity, and was diagnosed with asthma and GERD after about 8 months of many doctors and specialists not being able to find out what was causing the pleurisy, suspecting cancer from my long career of smoking (I started when I was 10). I had pneumonia and multiple bouts of bronchitis and sinus infections right before I ended up quitting and I KNOW that if I kept going with smoking how much I was smoking, it would have turned out to be worse than asthma. But that's actually how I came to the paleo diet - I was bedridden last year hooked up to oxygen barely able to breathe and gained a lot of weight without being able to move. Found this diet and now I am, like you, on the road to recovery and getting healthier by the day!
But that's what I did. I didn't find any other nicotine supplement helped, I didn't find putting pens or gum in my mouth helped with any type of oral fixation, for me it was just firmly making my OWN decision for my OWN reasons and no one else's (since then it was personal) and then getting through the withdrawal period with using that timing method. I've never heard of anyone else doing the timing method, I just made it up as I went along, but I can tell you I was a hardcore 2 pack a day at least chain smoker and I played in a band with all smokers and my boyfriend at the time was a 2 pack a day chain smoker, and to top it off I loved smoking. My reason ended up being that I saw someone dying of lung cancer, a long-time smoker, and I got pissed off that I spent so much of my hard earned dollars to pay an organization to kill me and put me at high risk for dying that way. That was MY reason. I never once successfully quit smoking because a parent or a teacher or a friend or a family member begged me to or wanted me to, it had to be my decision for my own reasons and that gave me the initiative to actually do something about it. So if I can do it, you can do it!!!
GOOD LUCK! Hugs :) :) And I applaud you kicking those other substances and getting your life going in a healthy direction! You're very strong.
Oh, and by the way! I have been successfully quit now for almost a year! There is no way I would ever go back to smoking, not only because every time I'm around smoke it causes the pleurisy to flare back up, but because I worked so hard to quit and I feel so much better. So all the best to you on your journey to overcome your smoking and become smoke-free! <3
on July 18, 2013
at 11:52 AM
Avoid other smokers while you are trying to quit. Only thing else you'll need is will power, gradually reducing only enables you to wish to smoke more however it might meet your needs. Quit Smoking can be hard. However the more you find out about your choices and get ready for quitting, the simpler the procedure is going to be.
on January 08, 2014
at 05:54 PM
I quit by switching from Marlboro reds to an additive-free brand (like American Spirit), smoking them for a few weeks, and then quitting cold turkey. The worst of the cravings misery was over in a day and a half.
on January 08, 2014
at 12:52 PM
I congratulate you for your continued effort to replace smoking, but my question is with what? In other words, what would trigger a similar pleasurable response in you that is healthy. Also, smoking involves more than the intake of nicotine but it often conjures fun secure memories; oftentimes we must build new fun memories while substituting smoking with possibly tea (coffee, water) breaks, alone or in the company of good friends and family thus adding a fun feeling and possibly of security. Thumbs-Up for trying.
on January 08, 2014
at 10:27 AM
I really appreciate that you quit having IV heroin, cocaine and concentrating on paleo, exercise etc… The reason you quit heroin and cocaine is because of your strong will power and mind control, why can't you try the same on quit smoking. when you feel smoking try to concentrate on the activities you like the most or spend time with loved one, else go for a walk with iPOD.