Re: who feels ashamed and annoyed
Would you be down on yourself if you had cancer that was in remission and then came back. Of course not. But addiction is a disease, the six months you were smoke free the disease was controlled or in remission. Then because of a lack of knowledge not willpower you were tricked into believing that you could have just a few good cigs while relaxing for the holiday. Is that right?
I think knowledge is more important than willpower in learning how to overcome this addiction. Support is another biggie. The support can come from others and also from ourselves. A lot of people ask how can we support ourselves? We do this by making other choices in our life that are also oriented toward the same goals as our non smoking goals. I don't know if that makes any sense so I give you an example of what I mean.
let's say I want to quit smoking to improve my health. Maybe six months before I even attempt to quit smoking I take up an interest in all aspects of my health. Based off of what I've learned I improve my diet, I begin exercising, I get my weight under control and I'm getting proper sleep. Now everything is lined up the only thing out of place is I'm a smoker. I think these other lifestyle changes will help this person quit smoking and possibly avoid some of the potential problems that can occur with smoking cessation.