Desperate Addicts Parade: Have You Ever...

Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

05 Jan 2004, 23:38 #101

Educated addicts on parade!!!!
This especially goes out to the young guys.
Have you ever.....
--Smoked two cigarettes at the same time, like walrus tusks, because you knew it was the only time during the day at youth group that you'd be able to get away from the chaperones?
--Dragged yourself outside your parents' house to smoke in below-freezing weather even though you had a 102 degree fever and the flu?
--Hung around the front of the store asking every stranger that walked by to buy you a pack of smokes because you were too young to buy them yourself?
--Smoked a butt you found on the ground?
--Taken "a quick walk just for a little fresh air" in the middle of birthday parties, celebrations, family events, etc., because you were unable to enjoy the festivities for even an hour or two without sneaking out for a smoke?

I have, have, have. Because i'm an addict.
(Feels good to get that off my chest.)
Erica
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Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:54

08 Jan 2004, 22:57 #102

Have you ever written a bad check so you could have cigarettes, knowing you were putting your credibility on the line and that you would "pay" 3 times as much as you should for them due to the overdraft fees?

I have because I am an addict.

Linda

I have been completely nicotine free for 1 Week 10 Hours 36 Minutes 46 Seconds. My breath is sweet, my hands smell good, and I am free! I now have 2 Days 1 Hr 36 Mins 52 Secs extra to live as I choose and I am $74.42 to the good.
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Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:58

05 Feb 2004, 11:40 #103

Prior to this quit I have tried everything known to man or offered by them to quit. About the only thing I hadn't tried is to sew my lips shut and super glue small sized screens to the bottom of my nasal passeges to prevent me from using my mouth & nose to smoke. The other day a thread popped up and a member was asking about hypnotism. I did try that method of malarkey once. It happened like this..........

I enrolled in this session at a cost around $50.00 US. I never counted just how many signed up but there was a bunch of nervous addcits there. Just prior to the magic moment the we were asked to go ourside and puff a couple for the very last time. Since we had been there close to an hour listening to the guru explain the whole show to us there wasn't a one of us who wasn't exhibiting outward signs of withdrawal. As we file back in , one at a time, there was a trash can there and we were asked to place our packs of cigarettes in the trash can because we would not need them anymore. Now, to an addict, this was like spilling out a canteen of water in the middle of the desert at noon. Besides, all addicts know there is no such thing quitting with a full pack or a whole carton. We planned better than that. We were conservative junkies.

So this guy proceeded to put his magic spell on The group I could tell right off the bat this wasn't going ot work for me and I would be collecting my fifty dollar bill back as I filed out when the show was over. When he was finished he asked how we felt. I raised my hand and asked for my money back because of the 100% guarantee I would stop smoking. He argued a bit with me until I went to the trash can and retrieved my pack and promptly ignited 3 of the little devils and smoked them right there. He had no arguement and refunded my money. I thanked him for being a man committed to his word, shook his hand and bent over and grabbed the plastic liner from the trash can! I through the plactic liner filled with cig packs over my shoulder and walked out the door like Santa Claus carrying his toy bag. I was followed by a half dozen or so hypnotized addicts wanting their partially empty packs back from the trash bag.

Oh Yes, this actually happened because I am an addcit!

Roger

2 + Years


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Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:03

05 Feb 2004, 12:22 #104

Along the lines of the "hypnotism" subject also ...... I was 22 years old and decided I wanted to quit (for financial reasons really - being a student at the time and all!). Well - I bought one of those quit smoking tapes, with a 100% guarantee.... the one's that you are supposed to lie down, relax and listen to. One side of the tape was just talking and the other side was music with "subliminal" messages within it. So my boyfriend at the time and myself set ourselves up in our prone positions, played the tape and lay back ... listened ... expecting we would be non-smokers after listening to the tape. Every night for about a week we'd go through this ritual (we were still socially smoking as well mind!). On the last night of listening to this tape - we both sat up afterwards - looked at each other and burst out laughing! Got up - got into the car - drove to the nearest 24hour to buy cigs in the late hours of the night. We thought it was all a joke and it didn't work anyway - so therefore, solution - keep smoking!

Hmmm ..... at 36 years old now - I look back at that first attempt at quitting in my life ... how uneducated I was. How much of an addict I was ... and still am.

Georgia
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Joined: 07 Jan 2009, 19:23

05 Feb 2004, 12:48 #105

Have you ever stood outside in all kinds of weather just to get your fix?
Have you ever counted the seconds and anxiously looked around a room for a sign of another smoker or an exit?
Have you ever walked 5 blocks away from the school you work at so no students could see you while you poisoned yourself with cigarettes?
Have you ever left your child crying in their playpen so you could go outside to smoke?
Have you ever given birth and the first thing on your mind is having a smoke?
Have you ever had your wisdom teeth taken out and despite warnings of dry socket and other nasties choked one down depite being still half unconsious from the sedatives?
I have, Iam an addict.
Thank heavens these are all in the past. I too remember rolling butts in my teens. YUCK!!!
April - Free and Healing for Two Months, Twelve Days and 48 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 4 Days and 13 Hours, by avoiding the use of 1315 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $445.67.
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Joined: 07 Jan 2009, 19:22

06 Feb 2004, 01:25 #106

Have you ever had a tubal ligation because it was either that or quit smoking so you could take birth control pills and not have a stroke?

I have, because I am an addict. SO SAD!!!

Lynn - Free and healing for 3 weeks, 5 days
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Joined: 07 Jan 2009, 18:58

06 Feb 2004, 13:07 #107

Have you ever lied to an entire group of family and friends about why you were going outside?

Have you ever canceled plans because someone you didn't smoke in front of wanted to ride with you?

Have you ever not invited someone(s) to an event because you knew you couldn't smoke in front of them?

...I have! I have done all of those things and SO much more, because I am an addict! ...and a darned selfish one at that.

This really makes you think... but we need to examine this side of our addicted-selves.

Carla - Free and Healing for Twenty Nine Days, 1 Hour and 6 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 3 Days and 12 Hours, by avoiding the use of 1017 nico-death sticks that would have set me back $129.77.
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Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:33

07 Feb 2004, 03:52 #108

Have you ever.. gone through every purse you own, checked every coat pocket, check in every nook and cranny in your car, looked under all your furniture, gone through the trash,(to find a butt or two) in a feverish desperation to find a fix. And when you found that old ,stale, wrinkled up stub of a cigarette you felt like you had struck gold! I have!.... I'm an addict!

Laurie
One month, five days, 11 hours, 7 minutes and 8 seconds. 1093 cigarettes not smoked, saving $150.41. Life saved: 3 days, 19 hours, 5 minutes.
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Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 01:47

07 Feb 2004, 04:19 #109

Have you ever...

stolen either money for cigarettes or cigarettes themselves from your parents, your friends, or some total stranger?

I have. I'm an addict.

Janet

3 months and 9 days ago, I quit smoking to save my life. BTW, I've also saved $454.69 by not smoking 2,020 cigarettes.
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Joined: 12 Jan 2009, 20:47

07 Feb 2004, 04:26 #110

Have you ever smoked in front of your son that has asthma?
I HAVE, I'M AN ADDICT!
No Nicotine for 1 Month, 5 Days, 13 hours and 25 minutes(36 days). I have saved $182.79 by not smoking 1,827 cigarettes one day at a time. I have saved 6 Days, 8 hours and 15 minutes of my life.
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Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

07 Feb 2004, 05:01 #111

Have you spent years buying one pack at a time because buying a carton would be admitting that you are going to smoke that much? I have. I am an addict.

Have you ever picked the bent ones out of the ashtray, straightened them, blow out the extra smell and smoked what was left even though it had lipstick on it and you don't wear any cause you're a guy? I have. I am an addict.

Andy
14 months and three days without that monkey on my back!
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Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:58

07 Feb 2004, 05:11 #112

Have you ever had an asthma attack while smoking, used your inhaler, and then relit the cigarette after you could breathe again? I have, many times.. I'm an addict.

Thank God and Freedom that I don't ever have to do that again!

Heather

I have been smoke free and living better for 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 6 hours and 9 minutes. I have saved $93.02 by not smoking 465 nasty cigarettes. Best of all, I have saved 1 Day, 14 hours and 45 minutes of my life.
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Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:33

07 Feb 2004, 06:08 #113

ive done quit alot of what some of you guys have said,how shameful when i think back,i must have been out of my mind especially smoking around my asthmatic son.
im an educated addict now thank god.

lynda.....free for 19days
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Joined: 07 Jan 2009, 19:01

07 Feb 2004, 19:50 #114

Have you ever...

- harvested the leftover, nasty, tar-imbued tobacco from old cigarette butts and rolled your own?
- Dug through the trash past coffee grounds and other icky stuff because you remember you had thrown out a big butt?
- Used celophane tape to add an old filter to an unfiltered smoke so you could enjoy it more?
- Used stolen food stamps (from Mom's purse) to buy one apple to get the change to buy smokes?
- Took canned goods from your house back to the grocery store so you could have money for smokes?

I have because I'm an addict...

Oz

Green+5days...
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Joined: 07 Jan 2009, 19:10

04 Mar 2004, 21:54 #115

HAVE YOU EVER...

...had bronchitis so bad that you couldn't breathe, and went out into freezing cold weather just to get fixed?
...told yourself "This time, I'm going to quit!" and throw out a half a pack or more of smokes into the trash...outside...at work...have your first major crave, which couldn't have been more than an hour and go digging?
...not been sick, couldn't breathe, couldn't sing (even though you spent more than half your life training to be a first class musician), and couldn't care because you just had to have a fix??

I HAVE, I'M AN ADDICT!!

Two weeks, three days, 10 hours, 53 minutes and 55 seconds. 383 cigarettes not smoked, saving $86.39. Life saved: 1 day, 7 hours, 55 minutes.

Juanita
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Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

04 Mar 2004, 23:39 #116

HAVE YOU EVER...

Spent years in denial that you are really an addict? Only buying one pack at a time instead of saving money on cartons (like Andy above... I thought I was the only one!) for about 20 years(!) because every pack is going to be the last pack?

Spent thousands of nights counting out how many cigarettes you have left, swearing you're not going to make the mad dash to the store in the middle of the night, so calculating: need 2 if I wake in the night and 2 in the morning before I can get to a sore, therefore, I must go to bed immediately after smoking my 5th-last cigarette, regardless of whether I have anything left in my day to do?

After finally admitting to yourself that you are an addict, stepping away from family gatherings to smoke so the nephews/nieces don't see you smoking, only to get really, really angry at other family members who come innocently with the children to find you... angry at them(!) because they knew you didn't want to smoke in front of the kids, because they should have known you were off feeding your demon?

I HAVE. I'M AN ADDICT.

~ Kay ~
Celebrating 2 Months, 11 Days, 5 Hours and 7 Minutes of Freedom.
Forsaking 1444 doses of poison has liberated $463.54 and 5 Days of my life.
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Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:58

05 Mar 2004, 03:12 #117

Have you ever...
being in a hotel in Bermuda, gone at 2 in the morning to the balcony of the room, knowing there was a giant cockroach outside (being a cockroach phobic) and stand there, in panic, while smoking a cigarette?
I have. I'm an addict.
Cuca
Free and Healing for Five Months, Fifteen Days, 14 Hours and 7 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 17 Days and 10 Hours, by avoiding the use of 5028 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $949.21.
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Joined: 09 Jan 2009, 20:34

05 Mar 2004, 06:51 #118

Have you ever:

- made your way out of a funeral of someone that died at an early age from lung cancer caused by smoking so you could have a smoke ??

- torn the filters off of "light" cigarettes and smoked them as non-filters so you could get a good buzz off of them ??

I have. I'm an addict.

PortAPortB (John)
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Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:58

20 Mar 2004, 16:24 #119

Well here goes...

Have you ever taken a cigg break immeadiately after determining that the cleaner fumes from the bathroom (in which you are cleaning) are too dangerous to inhaile?

Have you ever smoked 5 ciggs in a row, taken a shower, and then pack some nic losenges just so you could go see the family for a couple of hours and not withdraw while craftliy keeping your addiciton secret?

I have. I am an addict.

Kristin
I have stopped nicotine for 6 days, 1 hour, 22 minutes and 23 seconds (6 days).

I've not smoked 121 death sticks, and saved $21.21.
I've saved 10 hours and 5 minutes of my life.
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Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:58

23 Mar 2004, 07:21 #120

Have you ever......

-got in a big fight with your boyfriend because you didn't want to go on a two hour smoke free drive with his 5 year old niece in the car.

-then, fight about going to visit his parents because you can't smoke around them

I have. I'm and addict.

Laura

My name is Laura, and I am a nicotine addict.
I have stopped nicotine for 5 days, 18 hours, 50 minutes and 39 seconds.
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Joined: 07 Jan 2009, 19:37

04 Apr 2004, 11:48 #121

Have you ever not gone on a church retreat because you knew you couldn't smoke for 48 hours or would need to sneak cigarettes.

Have you ever dug threw your old trash looking for butts big enough to give you a fix.

Have you ever lied to just about everyone about how much you really smoke (oh, only a few a day) when you really smoke more?

I have, because I AM AN ADDICT

Ari
9 days 1 hour without nicotine
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Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:58

04 Apr 2004, 18:29 #122

Have you ever lied to your kids about the smell of smoke in the house (from the open fire of course)
I have - I am an addict
Marion
Free and Healing for Twenty Five Days, 10 Hours and 28 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 1 Day and 7 Hours, by avoiding the use of 382 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me £85.94.
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Joined: 07 Jan 2009, 19:36

04 Apr 2004, 18:40 #123

Boy , how did you guys know what I have done all these years ??????????

Since I quit smoking, I stopped doing all that now.

Fong

3 Weeks, 2 Days, 4 hours, 45 minutes and 1 second. 695 Cigarettes not smoked, saving $139.18. Life saved : 2 Days, 9 hours and 55 minutes
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Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:58

27 Apr 2004, 07:46 #124

Have you ever purchased stale, unfiltered cigarettes because they were the only ones left in the machine, and then taped filters from old cigarettes onto them just so you could get a fix?
I have. I'm an addict.
ahnaka
Two weeks, one day, 20 hours, 16 minutes and 45 seconds. 237 cigarettes not smoked, saving $62.39. Life saved: 19 hours, 45 minutes.
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Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:58

27 Apr 2004, 09:34 #125

Have you ever:

Rolled 850 pennies with scotch tape and lined paper, walked to the gas station in the dead of winter with 850 pennies in your pocket to buy a pack? (Lucky my pants didn't fall off from all the weight) I have because I'm an addict.

Dumped coffee or other drink on your smoke, and sat with a lighter and dried it out because it was your last? I have, because I'm an addict.

Light the filtered end of your smoke by accident, turn it around, and continue? (Ptooey!) I have because I'm an addict.

angie- I have chosen not to smoke for 3 Months 1 Week 6 Days 3 Hours 20 Minutes 7 Seconds. Cigarettes not smoked: 833. Money saved: C$333.24.
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