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| I quit smoking in January 2002 for almost three months and had a "minor" slip. I picked myself up and quit again a few weeks later. That quit lasted for a few weeks. Since then I have started the clinic two other times, starting my next clinic in September 2002, didn't even make it two days and now my last clinic began Tuesday, May 6, 2003. I actually stopped smoking before the clinic began on Monday, May 5, 2003. I intend for this to be my final quit and my success story. |
I have the strength, the desire and the opportunity to keep this quit a success. Anyway, just wanted to check in and say hello and let you all know how I'm doing. I AM DOING GREAT!!!
Someone said we cannot save the world, only ourselves. This is true, but please know the impact that you make through the support you provide. This site is an inspiration and you never know what that impact will be; some little something written or some little something said. We make indelible footprints on the hearts of people everyday and may never know the true impact we might have on their lives.
OBob, you have been a great source of support and inspiration to me and to others as well. Keep up the good work!
And for my clinic instructor Joel. When I look at Joel, I see miracles. It is a blessing to be in Joel's clinic class. Joel is the inspiration that makes up believe that we can do this. That we can quit smoking! That we have a choice! That this is an addiction and to treat it like an addiction! The best teacher and support system you can find!
OBob, Joel and everyone, I am here because of those indelible footprints on the heart. Thanks!
I HAVE A NEW ATTITUDE
AND I WILL BE SUCESSFUL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Freedom's NewNo Relapse PolicyFreedom's relapse policy is about to undergo additional evolution. Athought every visitor to the site will have 100% access to Freedom's over 130,000 archived posts, to Joel's entire library and to all of our resources at WhyQuit, any future relapse will disqualify that member from again participating in the group. The rule applies across the board, to me as well as you. Not only will this destroy any junkie thinking that my mind might have been able to muster in time of crisis about being able to return, the new policy will not permit me to return if I should relapse.
Not only is there no legitimate excuse for relapse at Freedom, there is no relapse at Freedom. This isn't a matter of asking members to value their group participation and use that as justification for not relapsing. That's akin to a quit crutch. It's a matter of asking each of us to value this forum as a serious site, to honor the principles upon which its built, and to respect the right of others to find sanctuary in one little corner of the earth where nicotine has no voice.
If any of you have questions about our new policy please send us an email. Thanks!
Only You Will Keep Your Quit Only You Can Throw Your Quit Away NTAP!
"I now know why we have failed repeatedly on previous occasions to stop smoking. We were obsessed in contending with the reasons why we should - must - give up smoking. An addict - any kind of addict - will know that the concept of logic has no appeal to the mind. From a biological perspective, the brain is the very organ that has been made subject to this wild circular dopamine chase - how can it be expected to make any logical and intelligent decision in relation to all things nicotine? By simply shifting the focus to questioning the reasons why there is a NEED for us to smoke, and with a clear answer to that question, the rest will follow as a matter of course. Voila!" Andy