Alcohol and quitting

Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

20 May 2008, 04:32 #26

I saw a message from a member who thought because of the way she felt addicted to cigarettes and alcohol that she would never be able to live without either. Now she doesn't smoke and only drinks occasionally, I don't want any people in recovery from other addictions to get a false message from this comment.

Breaking free from the grip of one active addiction does not somehow create a state that other addictions are somehow cured. If a person truly has a physical addiction to alcohol as a smoker, he or she still has that same addiction as an ex-smoker.

From the original post here:

One special note I need to make here. When I say everything you do as a smoker, you can do as an ex-smoker, the reverse is also true for some activities. If you were a recovering addict to alcohol or any other substance before, you couldn't use that substance as a smoker and you can't as an ex-smoker either without a full blown relapse.

Joined: 06 Dec 2008, 16:58

23 Oct 2009, 22:07 #27

Be prepared - alcohol and your quit:
Alcohol and Your Quit
Freedom teaches that we don't need to give up any part of our life when quitting except for our nicotine. The weekend has arrived again and with it the opportunity to have a few drinks and be with friends. How do you approach this most important encounter with alcohol, smokers and good times? What planning, if any, can you do? When is it safe to do so?
The odds of a brand new quit surviving the pub or bar scene while consuming large quantities of alcohol are not promising! Walking into an environment loaded with ashtrays, lighters and packs everywhere in a smoke and smoker filled room, while consuming a mind and sense altering substance during a temporary period of time that you were giving it your all not to smoke nicotine can be a tragic mistake, even fatal. Although alcohol has been found to play a role in half of all fatal vehicle collisions, its death toll in relation to the destruction of quits is even greater.

Many of you have already successfully navigated this situation while others have not. If you have, please share the important lessons you learned. Your words of wisdom might save both a quit and a life.

My advice is simple! Think it though, plan ahead, keep your guard up, and always remember that you can walk away. An early encounter with alcohol can involve multiple triggers. Keep in mind that it's possible to address them one at a time. Alcohol itself could be a habit trigger, being around other smokers another, having a good or bad time while drinking a third or possibly even a fourth, and having too much to drink a possible fifth. Then again, your anxiety attack triggering cue could be something as simple as ice cubes hitting a glass in a dark smoke filled environment. We've each developed some pretty unique feeding habits.

You can drink at home first without the other stuff, or going out for a good time in a smoke and smoker filled location without drinking. The planning possibilities are numerous. It may be possible to handle it all at once and put it behind you but baby steps may be a better approach for you. You know you better than anyone else! Listen to yourself and above all keep in mind that loving "delay" - just three minutes - is one of your best friends right now. This too is doable!
Breathe deep, hug hard, live long! YQB John : )

Joined: 03 Jul 2013, 14:10

22 Dec 2013, 22:16 #28

I think this is an excellent reminder Joel! NTAP, and I will always remember why ... 1=ALL.

If I ever had one puff I would never have enough. 

a very happy ex-smoker

Joined: 29 Jan 2013, 20:51

23 Dec 2013, 16:36 #29

I have two friends that quit smoking for almost one year.  Several months ago, I found out both had started smoking again.  I asked why, what happened?  He told me.."yea, we were at a New Year's party, we had done so good, we figured we deserved just one".   They both are back smoking full time.  So sad. : (

On January 20th, It will be one year!
NTAP  1=All

Joined: 13 Nov 2008, 14:04

23 Dec 2013, 18:12 #30

"[font=ARIAL, GEORGIA, 'TIMES NEW ROMAN', TIMES, SERIF]"...yea, we were at a New Year's party, we had done so good, we figured we deserved just one"."[/font]

Check out the video  "I don't want to quit smoking", paying special attention to the section starting at the twelve and half minute mark.

Joined: 31 Aug 2013, 20:23

01 Jan 2014, 19:11 #31

I'm sitting here on the mend from a New Year's Eve party.  Alcohol, I should know better.  There were lots of smokers and smoked filled the air.  While mixing and mingling what kept going through my mind was 1=1,000.  One might be good, but I know the LoA  and I believe in it.  I can't imagine a successful quit without that knowledge.

Since my quit I have not backed down from any of my triggers, alcohol included.  I meet them head on.  I figure if I keep beating them down then eventually they will just fade away, like that part of Ben that is no more.  I ended the last 146 days of 2013 smoke free.  I intend to go the next 146 years the same way!   



Joined: 09 Feb 2015, 10:36

11 Feb 2015, 10:15 #33

i once also become a smoker then tried alcohol. my alcohol addiction become worst even my smoke addiction because everytime i drink i also puff pack's of cigarette and  Honestly, every day of my life is like in the middle of a sea of fire. i felt like im Poisoning my body slowly. then i realize that i already digging my grave little by little. and my family told me that i should stop my addiction, then one of my friend gave me websites and told me to read it that some how i manage to finish reading it and i learned the cause and effect of my addiction to my body. and gives me more reason to stop my addiction.
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Joined: 13 Nov 2008, 14:04

11 Feb 2015, 14:35 #34

"...[font=ARIAL, GEORGIA, 'TIMES NEW ROMAN', TIMES, SERIF]my family told me that i should stop my addiction"[/font][font=ARIAL, GEORGIA, 'TIMES NEW ROMAN', TIMES, SERIF]
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