Hello to all and happy New Year!!
I have been a smoker for about 19 years, and am up to 1-1 1/2 packs a day. I have quit a handfull of times, but always fell back into the smoking routine. I have decided that this is going to be the year, and would like to hear some encouraging success stories.
I haven't decided on a quit method yet. In the past, I have tried the patches, Welbutrin, and cold turkey; obviously, none of those methods worked very well.
My reasons for smoking are the usual. I started as a teen because it was cool (at least I thought it was). I kept smoking because it helps me with anxiety, although I probably wouldn't have anxiety problems if I got rid of the nicotine and caffiene.
Anyway, smoking has become an overly expensive habit both financially and physically, and I would like to stop. They say admitting you have an addiction is the first step, so I admit that I am an addict.
I find it strange to say that I am an addict, because I never allowed myself to become addicted to illegal drugs or alcohol; and where I live, many people have those problems.
But now I realize that I am addicted to a drug. It is a legal drug, but still a drug. Now, how do I stop?
I took Welbutrin once before, and after two days, I felt like my world was going to end. You know that feeling you have when you are on a roller coaster? I felt like that when I was sitting still. Turns out, if you've ever had a seizure, you shouldn't take Welbutrin, or most of the drugs like it. So, the anti depressant drugs are out.
The patches didn't do much for me. I still smoked with them on.
Cold turkey worked while I was pregnant. But that was a long time ago, and I had only been smoking for about 2 years.
So, I would like to hear some success stories. What works for you? What helped you stop? What keeps you from falling off the wagon? How do you keep from lashing out at your spouse, kids, dog, etc.?
Thanks in advance for any words of advice and Good luck to all of us who are fighting this addiction!!!!