CONGRATULATIONS on your QUIT. I have been reading of your progress and you are all doing such a fine job. Even encouraging each other, isn't that the best! It is going to be quite a thrill when you are all a couple weeks into your QUIT. You will be proud of yourself and each other and all of us here are proud of you, too.
I QUIT on Day 11 of my Chantix therapy. As far as nicotine withdrawal goes, I found the first week the most difficult . Yes, nicotine leaves the body after 72 hours, but it takes your body time to adjust to existing without it. How long you smoked and how much you smoked makes a big difference in the length of the withdrawal period. "They" say it can last from 2 weeks up to a month. Everyone is different and for some it may be a shorter time or even last longer.
During that first week of my QUIT I struggled with Days 4 and 5. Those were my most difficult days. During those particular days I felt quite anxious and very restless. I just did not know what to do with myself because that is what I did, I always smoked when I did not know what to do with myself and here I was taking the only real vice that I had out of my lifestyle. I wanted to smoke just because I always had smoked. I was not even sure if I NEEDED to smoke or if it was the HABIT of smoking.
I did know though that if I gave in I would have to start all over again. I knew I only wanted to go through this experience once. I kept telling myself over and over the reasons I wanted to QUIT. I kept myself as busy as I could and I tried to sleep as much as I could. I tried to sleep alot that first week as I told myself if I was sleeping, I could not be smoking.
I knew that what I was going thru was nothing like one experiences who goes "Cold Turkey." I thank the Chantix for that because I know I could not have endured the cold turkey way of quitting. What I was going through was not in any way fun, no one will tell you that to QUIT smoking is easy, but the Chantix makes it bearable. YOU CAN DO THIS and we all want to hear of your progress.
Best wishes to each and every one of you!