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Hi Joe,

Being emotional when first quitting isn't all that unusual and as you said. Smoking was masking these problems. In reality smoking created this problem. Nicotine hijacked the brains natural neurotransmitters only to cause us to rely on putting a poison into our bodies just to "feel good".

While craves usually only last a few mintues. What you're describing is what is known as Fixating on a cigarette. This can be dangerous because we tend to focus only on smoking a cigarette. We forget about all the thousands of other cigarettes that will need to smoked after that one.

Instead of focusing on just that one. Since there really is no such thing. Remember smoking at your old consumption. If you smoked 20 a day. Tell yourself that you will HAVE to smoke 20 cigarettes a day , everyday until it cripples then kills you. Seeing smoking for what it really is, makes it a lot less appetizing.

While Chantix may be helping you. Never underestimate the power of YOU. It is you that is quitting smoking. It is you making the decision not to smoke.

I have seen a lot of people use chantix. Some people have an easy time. Some people have a hard time.

I have seen a lot of people quit cold turkey. Some people have an easy time. Some people have a hard time.

The one thing is that no matter how a person quits. They are going to have craves. This addiction is very psycholigical.

I have tried to quit smoking so amny times that I have lost count and I can tell you that all of those past quits were horrible.

Even this quit for the first two days was no different. I was using the patch and I was having a horrible time. I thought, "Wow, this feels horrible. I can't imagine how bad it would be if I didn't have the patch." I was having panic attacks and the anxiety felt overwhelming.

I then started learning about nicotine addiction and decided to take off the patch. To my amazement, I didn't feel any worse and actually I felt better, because I learned that a lot of the anxieties that we feel when we first quit are "US" fueling the fire of anxieties.

Trying to fight off a crave is only going to create more anxieties. A good exercise when experiencing a crave is to acknowledge it and tell youself as a matter of factly that you're having a crave. Say it the same way as if you're making an observation about the weather. Saying" It's sunny outside."

Calm yourself and practice slow, deep breathing. Anxiety will cause the muscles to get more tense causing more stress. Deep breathing can not only calm you, but it will help release the tension in your muscles.

By doin this, you'll not make the crave anymore intense than it would otherwise be. It will help the feeling of anxiety die away faster.

Just remember, this is smoking's fault. Not quitting's. Quitting is going to relieve you of these craves. While it is a temporary adjustment, it is an adjustment that is going to free you from HAVING to smoke.

Craves do not last forever. The only people that have craves forever are people that don't quit smoking.



Eric
Hi Joe,

I see that you're going to quit smoking cold turkey. I highly reccomend reading "Minimizing Withdrawal Symptoms" that I put up in the post. It will really help with quitting.

I think you may be giving Chantix too much credit. YOU quit for 4 days. It was YOU that didn't smoke.

It reminds me of when I first used the patch for the first 2 days when I quit smoking. I was feeling horrible and having panic attacks and I kept thinking " If I feel this bad using the patch. I couldn't imagine how I would feel without it." To my surprise when I did take off the patch. I felt no worse and actually felt better after someone pointed out to me that a lot of the anxiety I was feeling was coming from within me and not the withdrawal.

I don't know what you're anticipating today by quitting cold turkey, but I think that people trying to quit have been brainwashed into thinking that you almost have to be super human to do it.

I have seen it too many times on quitting smoking forums. People trying to quit with NRT's thinking that they are not strong enough to quit cold turkey and people quitting cold turkey and trying to wear it like some badge of honor to show how strong they are.

I quit cold turkey. Actually I quit with education and a side of cold turkey and I can tell you with full faith that I am not a strong person. I have tried to quit countless times and all of those quits were like being in hell. I thought that I was a hopeless addict that was going to die a smoker. It's not about being stronger than your addiction. It's about being smarter than your addiction. i think all of us have proved by being here that we are not stronger.

Just to give you a heads up on quitting cold turkey. Within 72 hours, nicotine is pretty much out of the bloodstream. This is when withdrawal usually peaks and starts to decline. Within 10 to 14 days, physical withdrawal stops. It is usually within the first few days that you notice it though.

Most of us try to fight off craves when quitting. This really will only increase anxieties that you're feeling. It is like trying to stop a wave from reaching the beach. There will only be a lot of energy wasted and really not much to show for it.

When you get a crave. Instead of putting yourself into the fight or flight mode of fighting it off ( which is already happening with the crave itself). Stop and start doing slow deep breathing. Look at the crave head on. Tell yourself that you having a crave in a matter of fact type of way. As if you were mentioning that "Today is a sunny day" in casual conversation.

Feel and see the crave for what it is. A feeling. A feeling that you may not particularly like. A feeling that may annoy the hell out of you, but it is still only a feeling. It cannot cut you or make you bleed. It cannot do anything to you. By remaining calm and doing slow deep breathing. The anxieties will begin to ease and then stop. Remember, the crave is going to pass whether you smoke or not.

Embrace your craves. Don't fight them. What really makes craves feel unbearable is not really the crave itself. It is the fear of not being able to put a stop to the crave the only way we know how......by smoking a cigarette that creates such anxiety.

DO NOT FIXATE ON A CIGARETTE.

These craves do not last forever. It is only a temporary adjustment to your freedom!

I saw that you mentioned in an earlier reply about smoking a cigarette only when you really really ahd to. This was when you still were doing the Chantix, but I just want to let you know to be clear. DO NOT TAKE EVEN ONE PUFF. It is only by doing this, does someone put themselves through a more grueling process than really need be. All this does by smoking one cigarette is re introduce nicotine into the system. The person will have to eventually go through some kind of withdrawal and if they keep up this cycle they will be in what is known as chronic withdrawal.

Smoking a cigarette will never save you from withdrawal or take away those craves. It will only reinforce your addiction and create a physical need for another cigarette. This addiction is a beast that can never be satisfied. No matter how many cigarettes you smoke.

Remember, you're not depriving yourself of anything. You are freeing yourself from a useless deadly addiction.


Eric





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