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"......it does not matter if you never think of a puff again or if you think of it daily. You will never relapse as long as you never take another puff!"
If you averaged 8 puffs per cigarette, 15 cigarettes per day, and 20 years of smoking nicotine, you created 876,000 tiny memories of having handled a cigarette, 876,000 memories of having put it to your lips, 876,000 tiny memories of sucking 4,000+ chemicals into your mouth, 876,000 memories of having smelled and tasted their arrival, 876,000 memories of the smoke's destructive cargo filling your lungs, 876,000 small memories of sensing nicotine arrive in your brain (the aaahhhh memories).
Don't you find it utterly amazing that many here report experiencing that very first day where they never once "think" about "wanting" to smoke nicotine within just 90 days of quitting? After the first such day they become more and more common until your expectations evolve to the point where upon waking each day you expect not to "want."
Although difficult to appreciate while in the middle of a mind filled with thoughts of smoking, the pace of psychological recovery is ongoing and tremendous. One of the most intensely dependent relationships you've ever known has ended.
Your mind is now sorting through old memories while viewing each group in honest light. They can't hurt you and are a normal part of the recovery process! Baby steps, patience, just one day at a time. The next few minutes are entirely doable and there's only one rule - no nicotine today, NTAP! John
It is a normal part of recovery to eventually find yourself sorting through and reflecting upon years of smoking related thoughts and to notice lit cigarettes and smokers around you. We all went through it. With each passing day you move closer to new expectations. There's only one rule to keeping your freedom and healing alive - no nicotine today, Never Take Another Puff! John