"Do whatever it takes to quit smoking"

Joined: December 18th, 2008, 11:57 pm

July 8th, 2008, 9:17 pm #11

It seems we need this one up a bit lately. Just yesterday we saw one new member who took up sunflower seeds because she saw it "suggested" on our board. Yes there are times when a member suggests it but it is wrong to do so for it clearly is suggesting that people should take up a high caloric crutch in lieu of smoking.

Generally when I see it mentioned I pop up this string to clarify the point but as we saw in this incident yesterday, at times that is not enough. Again, a member of our site was taken in by this kind of advice and it may have also caused the same effect in other readers.

As it says above:

If your crutch for smoking thoughts are going to be any high caloric food weight gain of massive amounts should be expected.
As far as using "whatever it takes," I guess that can be translated to taking any food, any drug, legal or illegal, or participate in any activity, no matter how ludicrous or dangerous that activity might be. Does the comment smoke crack cocaine, or shoot up heroin, or drink as much alcohol as it takes, or admininster lethal dosages of arsenic or cyanide make any sense to anyone as practical advice to quit smoking? If not, the comment of do whatever it takes loses any real concept of credibility.

As far as quitting smoking goes, the advice should not be "do whatever it takes to quit smoking," but rather, "do what it takes to quit smoking." What it takes to quit smoking is simply sticking to your commitment to never take another puff!

Joel
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Joined: January 18th, 2009, 6:57 am

October 23rd, 2009, 5:25 pm #12

Freedom is different than most other sites. We want our new members to be spending a lot more time reading than posting. It takes a lot more time and effort to meet people and write stories that it does to read. While meeting others and sharing your own stories might seem more fun it is not likely going to be giving you new insights to effectively deal with quitting. If you have questions or concerns let us know but spend the bulk of your time enhancing your learning about your addiction and how to treat it.

- Joel Spitzer
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Joined: December 6th, 2008, 4:58 pm

January 1st, 2010, 10:05 pm #13

Freedom is different than most other sites. We want our new members to be spending a lot more time reading than posting. It takes a lot more time and effort to meet people and write stories that it does to read. While meeting others and sharing your own stories might seem more fun it is not likely going to be giving you new insights to effectively deal with quitting. If you have questions or concerns let us know but spend the bulk of your time enhancing your learning about your addiction and how to treat it.
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Joined: December 6th, 2008, 4:58 pm

May 14th, 2011, 12:42 pm #14

Freedom is different than most other sites. We want our new members to be spending a lot more time reading than posting. It takes a lot more time and effort to meet people and write stories that it does to read. While meeting others and sharing your own stories might seem more fun it is not likely going to be giving you new insights to effectively deal with quitting. If you have questions or concerns let us know but spend the bulk of your time enhancing your learning about your addiction and how to treat it.
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Joined: November 13th, 2008, 2:04 pm

May 26th, 2012, 3:42 pm #15

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