So is this website tailored just for me???
It certainly seems that way some times. This is a situation I am presently dealing with (successfully I think).
I have two items to talk on.
First, I was just reading :
"A flood of recent studies teach that nicotine addiction is about living a lie. It's about an external chemical taking the minds priorities teacher hostage. It's about the brain's "pay attention" pathways compelling us to believe that that next nicotine fix is as important as eating when hungry or drinking fluids when thirsty. We all know what food cravings feel like. We also know the dopamine "aaah" sensation that arrives following obedience to them. Imagine your brain being fooled into seeing nicotine as food: food cravings, nicotine cravings - food dopamine "aaah" sensations, nicotine "aaahs."
I haven't had a nicotine "aaah" for three months but I did have a food dopamine "aaah" , actually it was coffee, less than a minute before reading the above passage. Although I have read it, I have never until now, put a nicotine "aah" remotely close to a food "aah".
Today I have felt and recognized these sensations as the same. Fortunately, I have never experienced food or water withdrawal mode so I can't attest to that one but today, I truly felt the dopamine sensation is the same for "maintenance purposes".
Now to the second topic. Addiction substitutions.
I hadn't read this thread recently but I knew I had strayed from the program and so the last few days had just started to search information about addiction substitutions. Started to find something of possible interest regarding carbohydrates and seratonin highs.
Sorry to say, I didn't find any website anything like our wonderful website.
So in a nutshell, for the first month I used food alot and then in the second month I believe I started to substitute the food by having a couple of beer every night. Rationalization, hey, the weather was turning nice, the nights are longer and beer and nice weather go hand in hand. As I typed, hand in hand, I had a thought, am I partially dealing with a hand/oral thing??? Regardless, that's a whack of extra calories and now I am having to deal with it.
I had been happily looking forward to my three month quit on Friday July 10 but when I started to take away the beer substitution I found myself falling lower on my "happy nicotine quit".
Early on, for a few weeks, I did find having a piece of gum after a meal was an excellent signal to stop and got rid of the after eating trigger. I do have coffee several times a week now, which I never drank before. For a few weeks, I drank large bottles of calorie free pop.
So please, all you guys who are starting out, I know it's seems hard but avoid the addiction substitution trap because just like our nicotine addiction, you may not get the chance to fix it later.
Think I am going to investigate the hand thing and see if I can find something....one which is calorie free....or is this just my addictive personality looking for another crutch. Part of me says, maybe I should delete this post..... just digging myself in deeper. I'm such a loser. LOL Yeah I know, use positive self-talk.
No, we are supposed to keep a journal of our recovery so I won't delete.
I am going to shut-up now and get ready to go to work.
I'll be fine, I'll be fine, I'll be fine..................................LOL