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Old 07-06-2006, 02:03 PM   #1
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I would like to quite smoking but don't know the best way to go about it. Is there anybody that can help me and give me some adivce? Thank you.

 
Old 07-06-2006, 10:24 PM   #2
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Hi Shorty....

Wow...I don't live too far from you!

Well, you have taken the very first step, in deciding that you now want to quit smoking...and that's great! Do you feel like you're ready to make a strong commitment to quit, no matter what it takes? Cuz..I'll tell ya right now, without that commitment, and a very strong desire to truly quit, nothing you do will work to make you succeed in quitting smoking.

I quit smoking in 9/03, after about 28 years of smoking a pack a day, sometimes more. I quit in the early 80's when the nic gum first came out, and my hubby and I would take classes at our Air Force hospital. We took those 8 week courses over and over again!!

I managed to quit a couple of times for at least a year...one time I made it to 14 months....but I would always go back to it....dumb..I know. I think all along, in the very back of my mind, there would always be a little voice going, "It's okay...someday you'll get to smoke again", and I always did.

Finally, in Sept. of '03, I had had enough of it!! I bought a pack of patches, joined this board, and went into my backyard with my last pack of cigs and doused them with the hose. I really, really, wanted to quit, no matter what! So I started using my patches and went from there. I came to this board daily for probably the first year too, and found support from other people who had just quit, or people who were wanting to quit. There was always someone to cheer me on. I also found support at my old job, as almost everyone there was a non smoker. (Not surprising in CA these days, right?)

Not to say it was easy at first, no it wasn't,...but I didn't expect it to be either...knowing from my previous quits that it wasn't a piece of cake to quit. But I also always kept this in mind, "nothing good or worthwhile ever comes easy". And it doesn't...that's for sure. I think we have to make sacrifices for just about anything that's good and worthwhile...hard work, and preseverance...always pays off in the end.

I did have one relapse 4 months after I quit, as that point has always seemed to be the toughest period for me after I quit in the past too. But I was so sure that I wanted to quit, that I only smoked for a few days, and then quit again, and never have touched a cig since then.

The first year I did think (crave) about it, a lot, but always told myself that this would be so worth it, in the long run. It seems like it's such a big mental experiance, and it is really, cuz it's so ingrained in our minds this habit of picking up that cig, taking a drag, flicking the ashes off,...every time I did anything....talking on the phone, talking in person, after a shower, a chore, (sometimes during my chores) etc. I never smoked in my car or home for a good 8 years prior to quitting...but I did go out to my garage a bunch.

I myself couldn't do it without the help of nicotine replacement therapy...no way. There are people here who do choose to go "cold turkey", and suffer through maybe a few rough days, and then just deal with the mental trip afterwards. I wish I could, but if it wasn't for the NRT, I don't think I ever could've done it. Luckily, there are so many different forms of NRT today, and also the help of the antidepressant, Wellbutrin...which also helps many people quit too. (I did take that for about 3 weeks)

I'm glad to say it was all worth it...today I am so happy, and so proud to be a non smoker, and lucky for me, I never crave them any longer, at all. In fact, I absolutely hate to be around it. (only in casinos every now and then).

Read from the archives here, Shorty, and see how other people did it. It seems we all have to find "our own way" concerning how we do this...what formula or methods work the best *for us*. I also prayed a lot, and tried to learn methods of relaxing more...as I never knew how to do that w/o a cig in my hand. (someone once made a great point that, "we didn't smoke for the first 16 years, [or so] of our lives, we were nicotine free then, and we got by just fine"....I always tried to remember that,...such a good thought).

I'm so happy that I don't have to hide my smoking any longer. I was at the point that I was so embarrassed and humiliated to smoke anymore. It seemed like most places I went, I was the lone smoker. I got tired of people's hissing and looking at me like I was such a loser....cuz really I was, (at that time)

You can quit smoking now and you can be a winner too, Shorty. You can do it, if you really, really want it bad enough...

Deda

 
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Old 07-07-2006, 11:08 AM   #3
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Thank you Deda for the support. I just have one question, how can you get wellbutrin? I am going to do some research on that. Thank you again.

 
Old 07-07-2006, 01:05 PM   #4
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Shorty,

I live about 10 minutes from you (Oakley) and when I was quitting I checked with the local hospitals and found smoking cessation programs and groups in our area. I ended up going to one in Tracy during my first attempt at quitting 5 years ago. I didn't enlist any aids though and ended up smoking again. I did quit three years ago after a health scare though. I wouldn't wait for that to happen to motivate you.

I would encourage you to check with the local hospital (Delta memorial in your area) and see if they have any programs or informaiton on any. I would also suggest seeing your doctor and letting him/her know you are serious about quitting. He/She can help with the right aid for you if any. Good luck!!!!

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Thank you Deda for the support. I just have one question, how can you get wellbutrin? I am going to do some research on that. Thank you again.


Hi again, Shorty,

Wellbutrin is a prescription...so you have to ask your Dr. It was originally made to bean antidepressant, and then people that used it were noticing that it took away their craving, (well...lessened their cravings) for cigs. It really did work, when I used it. They sometimes recommend you use it in conjuction with a NRT aid....works better.

Good advice from the other poster....signing on for a smoking cessation class could really help you, if you're really ready. (I say that because I took those classes at least 5 times!.....but maybe all that practice is what led me up to my final quit.)

Good luck...
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Old 07-07-2006, 02:05 PM   #6
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Thank you for the advice. I have sent a message to my doctor to see what he thinks will be best, but have not heard back from him yet.

 
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What are the side effects of using Wellbutrin?

 
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Hi shorty...

A common side effect with Wellbutrin is sleeplessness/insomnia, but that doesn't mean that YOU would get it though, as everyone reacts differently to all drugs. When I was in a smoking cessation class, (through my HMO), they gave us the choice of using Wellbutrin, or WB with an NRT, (patches or gum)....quite a few of the class members chose the Wellbutrin with a NRT. Well, more than a few said they were starting to have trouble sleeping after a few weeks, (including me), but my husband had the opposite effect, and was falling asleep... even on the job!!

Luckily, for most of us, all we needed was 3 or 4 weeks on the Wellbutrin, just long enough to help us initially get off the smokes...and from there we stayed on our patches or gum, etc. I wouldn't discourage you to try it, as it works pretty well for helping one to quit smoking.

There are other side effects, but I never heard any other complaints. You can do a search and find out about other side effects. Oh...one other (nice) side effect is, some people notice they have less of an appetite and lose a few lbs. (I did) Now that's like killing 2 birds with 1 stone, huh?

Best o' luck...
Deda

 
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Are there any other side effects when taking Wellbutrin?

 
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What are the side effects of using Wellbutrin?
shorty i took it for one month and for me it makes me get more anxiety attacks and made me feel depressed and sleppy also cranky. I went to my doc and she told me to get off them and stick on paxil and that is what i am doing,, and also praying alot for god's help threw this... Hang in there we will break the c hain of addiction..

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