Re: Cold Turkey Support
1) take it easy
2) remember that you are feeling this way BECAUSE of cigarettes, not in spite fo them.
its easy to forget during withdrawal that the cigarettes cause you to feel this way. we think 'that makes no sense. i stop smoking i feel horrible. i smoke ill feel better.'
thats the illusion.
the reality is that if you become a non smoker you will never have to feel this way again. you only have to go through this ONCE. go through it once, whether it takes 3 days, 2 weeks or a month - go through it once and youll never have to do it again.
i can tell you that im 11 days quit now and each day gets a little better than the last.
i still get cravings, and at tiimes they can be really strong, but i know that i have to keep going. pretty much all my symptoms are gone, although my digestion is still messed up. i never realized hwo much my stomach was addicted to smoking as well !!!!
ive had so many strange things happen with my body since quiting, especially in the last 3 days for some reason. its hard to explain, its a very strange, surreal experience.
and yes, the thought enters my head 'just have ONE smoke and you'll feel like the old you again."
but you know something, thats the addict talking. and yes, if i had one more smoke i'd feel like i use to, id feel like an addict again. and I AM SICK OF BEING AN ADDICT.
so ya, all this feels wierd. and yes withdrawal was horrible (but it got better). and yes sometimes i feel like i don't even know who i am anymore without the cigarettes. its like im letting of the old me that smoked for 14 years and create a new me - which is tough.
i know folks look at it and say its just a habit, what the big deal. no, eating candy bars is a habit. smoking was A PART of me - a BIG part. i chose smoking over so many things in life.
but thats why its over. im never going to smoke again no matter how much i might want to.
and you know, i dont care if they told me i had cancer and had 3 months to live. i wouldn't go back to smoking. im not quiting so i can live longer. im quiting so i can live BETTER. and even if its hard to believe life will be better without smokes right now, i know it will be if i stay the course.
cigarettes are like an abusive spouse that kicks and punches you every day, and you know one day they are going to kill you, and yet you can't leave.
most of us see the insanity in that situation and see that no matter how much it would hurt, a person in that situation has to leave and get help.
well, cigarettes are KILLING you. not just physically, they are destroy the joy you could have in life.
accept that you have to make it through 3 days of physical withdrawal and then you'll officially be in your quit. but don't think after 3 days everything is a breeze. it gets easier physically but it gets harder psychologically.
i dont believe its possible to quit so long as someone believes that their life is better with cigarettes than without them. people who are quiting for physical reasons will only quit as long as they don't feel well.
you have to HATE the cigarette to really quit. you have to realize that it is not your friend, but rather it is a cruel sadistic master that constantly whips you through life and then will laugh at you when you die.
I hope you stick with this. and having tried all the methods out there, and recently trying chantix, i believe that cold turkey is probably the best way to go if you can get through it.