Yep I joined my son who went cold turkey early Jan. His motivation was a girl.
I went cold turkey about 4 days ago because with that dang chest cold, I can never breath let along smoke a cigarette. Yep it is time to leave them alone. This time I made sure I have no left over cigarettes hangin around that could tempt me. Now I spend more time on myself and get lots of sleep. Sometimes I find myself get up from my chair and I think to myself ,, where you going. Omg, habit,, I thought I was going for a smoke,,, hahaha. So just go for a short walk and sit back down.
It takes will power over the conscience and sub conscience. One will try to fool the other into finding an excuse to take that smoke. Just got to hang in their. This is not my first time but hope it will be my last!!
Good luck on your attempt to quit smoking .
I tried several times to quit and went through several different methods of kicking the habit.
I tried cold turkey and hypnosis. The method that worked for me was using the patch,but being cheap I started the first two weeks with a full patch then the second two weeks with a half of a patch and finally finished off the rest of the box with a quarter a day that worked for me . The biggest thing I found out about quitting is that you really have to want to quit and have determined that this is the last time that I am going to smoke. When asked why I haven't gone back to smoking I always say that I remember how hard it was to quit and how easy it was to take that first cigarette the many times that i tried to quit previously. Its been twelve years and I still get the craving for a smoke once in a while but it fades fast.
Good luck again All Ages and I really hope that you succeed
Congratulations to all who are quitting or trying to quit. I quit 6 months ago but gained 50 pounds (heavy sigh). So I've started again, but just 1 or 2 a day and am trying to work on my weight. I can't seem to do both, its either quit and be fat or smoke and be thinner. Anybody got any strategies?
I'm about to have another shot at quitting. I've been trying since the days when you could only get patches with a prescription. I've tried everything except acupuncture, those brass or copper earring-type thingies, and hypnosis.
My big problem? The warnings that ever "aid" ever offered has always shown "vivid dreaming" as a side effect. That's not a side effect, that's nicotine withdrawal as far as I'm concerned. And those aren't "vivid dreams", they're hanging from the ceiling by your fingernails, screaming your head off nightmares. Every time I've tried, I've prayed not to fall asleep, the nightmares are that bad.
Anyone else had the nightmare experience? If so, have you found a solution for it? If it weren't for the nightmares, I would have quit smoking years ago, I think.
Try this link. It worked for me.
I finally gave up smoking after over 40 years of the damned things.
I been "smoke free" for over three years.
If you need feedback of the course then please ask & I will try & help.
I've heard of the vivid dreams part of cigarette withdrawal. I am not a smoker myself, but have heard of it. I don't think a solution has been found for it in the case I am referring to. If there is one, I'd let you know. Tried smoking, not for me, but know people in the quitting stage and it is a tough stage. Good luck with it.
I've been waiting for almost a week for an e-mail response from Dr. Poteryko, and I sent the e-mail to two different e-mail addresses of his after visiting this site. Is this what you paid? $1,119 for a seven-session course and individual counsellling rates of $100 per half hour and $200 per hour? Check the "Cost of Program" section at the left of the page.
Originally Posted by Trailblazer
I asked for a clearer explanation of what was involved, and I'm still waiting for a response. If you'd prefer to discuss costs with me via PM, that might be best, but I found that pretty expensive. Sure, it's less than it costs me to smoke, but then the person who's trying to quit smoking might very well have to quit on their own just to be able to afford those sessions.
At least, I'm going to a book launch that he's holding this coming week. Maybe I'll get a chance to ask there.
I don't mean to sound hostile because I'm not, but my own GP was shocked at prices like this, and said that he didn't realize the prices were that high when he'd recommended the program to other patients.
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I too would like to quit again - stop smoking, lets set a date and do it together. It most certainly is a very difficult and hard thing to do but after 3 to 5 days it does get easier. I keep myself extremely busy during these days and take lots of showers and go to bed early. Not easy by any means but you have to over come the two voices. One that says smoke and the other that say dont.
I did the course through the City Parks & Recreation Department at a substatial discount.
Originally Posted by Nostradama
I think that there is a new self help course ( Parks & Recreation) about to start ; I suggest you check it out. (I think it was advertised in one of the newspapers).
I paid (cough cough excuse the pun) $100 for a seven week course.
The course included a two week pass to the Aquatic Centre which was a bonus to me as I use the facility on a regular basis.
Dr Poteryko has a support group meeting at the NRGH on ,I believe, the last Tuesday of the month (it's years since I attended).
Phone NRGH & try and attend one of the lunchtime meetings (no charge) you may recieve a better responce in person as Poteryko is a very busy Doctor.
Dr Poteryko is my GP & a good one at that. I will give him a dig! to answer his emails.
Wow! Thanks for your prompt response. But there's no need to nudge Dr. Poteryko (about whom I've heard great things for many years from friends--it seems to me that you're lucky to have him as your doctor) because I'll be seeing him next week anyway, I think.
Originally Posted by Trailblazer