Freedom's Best Crave Coping Tips !

Subconscious use cue extinguishment
terri96019 ( SILVER )
Joined: 07 Jan 2009, 19:28

19 Feb 2001, 23:09 #11

The long,long,long hot bath was what help me the best.I would lay in there until I could feel myself relax.Also keeping busy everytime you get a crave.Keep moving around doing things.Terri

John (Gold)
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

25 Feb 2001, 00:34 #12


Replacing Crutches

Be careful that your crave coping tool is something
you can do all the time without creating additional
problems.  The last thing any of us need is to develop
a crutch that creates new problems in our lives.
Be sure to read Joel's above article about crutches.

Last edited by John (Gold) on 18 Feb 2014, 14:33, edited 2 times in total.

improud (golder)
Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:00

27 Feb 2001, 04:26 #13

My craving buster is NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF and I DON"T DO THAT ANYMORE besides being on this site every minute that I can.Image Image
Last edited by improud (golder) on 16 Mar 2009, 20:30, edited 1 time in total.

maid n oz (Gold)
Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:14

09 Mar 2001, 22:08 #14


A great tip for beating those cravings is having a few 'really graphic' photos at hand or quick reference on your computer of a cancerous lung, mouth and throat. Cancers caused by cigarette smoking. And/or maybe someone with a form of Circulatory Disease. That's really attractive. While you're at it, if you can find actual tape of a patient with emphysema, especially, a young patient with emphysema, I guarantee it will kill the strongest craving. These people are dying slowly and in absolute agony. Works for me.

Last edited by maid n oz (Gold) on 16 Mar 2009, 20:39, edited 1 time in total.

maid n oz (Gold)
Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:14

09 Mar 2001, 22:17 #15

I've got another good one.
If you have a dirty ashtray handy whether it be in your car or home, put your nose in it and breathe it in. It's disgusting but it actually works.

John (Gold)
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

16 Mar 2001, 20:23 #16

Embracing Craves
All my life I was conditioned to either stand and fight or turn and run when faced with challenge. If you're a newbie, then chances are there is another habit trigger waiting around the corner that will soon generate a short yet powerful anxiety attack that we call a crave. The habit trigger could be an emotion, time, event or place where, or during which, you used to **** warm nicotine laden air into crying lungs in order to replenish your blood's rapidly falling nicotine level.
The good news is that most habit triggers are reconditioned and discarded by our subconscious mind with just a single encounter. The good news is that the triggered crave will only last a few minutes. The good news is that the anxiety power of our crave generator is fizzling fast, and with each encountered crave there is one less trigger to recondition. The good news is that the reward of total and complete comfort is just down the road. The bad news is that if you're a newbie then there is probably another crave just around the corner. But is it bad?
So what approach do you use? Do you duck or run when you sense one coming or do you turn and fight? Is your game plan working to your satisfaction? Our objective here is simple - NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF, but our natural instincts on how best to achieve our objective may not be the easiest path to travel. Can we hide from our craves or will they find us anyway? Can we runaway from them or will they catch us? It's the same with going toe to toe in battle, isn't it? Can we beat-up our craves and make them surrender or cry "uncle"? Can we scare them away? I think not. Encountering all of our triggers and craves is a very necessary part of recovering and normalizing every aspect of our daily lives. It's true healing!
Tobacco's deadly cargo is clearly a killer but what about our craves? Can a crave that lasts a couple of minutes kill you? Will it cut you, make you bleed, or send you to the emergency room? Can it physically harm you? If not, then why do you fear it so? How much of the anxiety associated with your quit is self induced? Why are you agonizing over the anticipated arrival of your next crave? When it finally arrives will you immediately begin feeding your mind additional anxieties that only fuel the fire?

The anxiety of a crave for nicotine is very real and it's ok to reach out and feel it but most of you have never done so. Not once! Instead, what you feel is a tremendously inflated experience driven by fear, fueled by anticipation, and tense due to a history of prior relapse. Just once, stop running, drop your guard, take slow deep deliberate breaths and then reach out to TOUCH your crave. It won't injure you! It's ok to be afraid but be brave for just one moment! Wrap your arms around your crave. Clear your mind for just one moment so that you can feel the true anxiety of your healing. Make sure that you feel your tummy rising as you take slow deep deliberate breaths into the bottom of both lungs. Clear your mind of all chatter, worries, fears and thoughts so that you can sense and appreciate exactly what this crave is like.

Touch it, hug it, feel it, sense it! You won't make the anxiety one bit more intense than it otherwise would have been. You're witnessing part of the most beautiful healing that your body and life may ever experience. Yes, there is anxiety there but for the very first time it's not being fed and fueled by you. Feel it's strength slowing begin decaying. Take pride in your healing. It can't hurt you, only you can do that! Enjoy your recovery don't fear it! Embrace your craves! Enjoy your journey home! There is a very special person waiting at the other end!
Last edited by John (Gold) on 16 Mar 2009, 20:33, edited 1 time in total.

Joined: 07 Jan 2009, 19:13

16 Mar 2001, 21:47 #17

Wowsers Zep! Thanks for this of all days. For some reason the past few days have been full of anxiety and stress which have triggered a few urges.


John (Gold)
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

27 Mar 2001, 03:56 #18

Image Image
Review Your List of Reason's for Quitting !
Keep them in your purse or wallet!
Last edited by John (Gold) on 16 Mar 2009, 20:35, edited 1 time in total.

Triin (GOLD)
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:59

27 Mar 2001, 06:19 #19

I lived through some of my worst cravings by living on the Freedom site (for several several hours), and searching all the information I could get about smoking.

Taking walks helped, too. Breathing fresh air.

Horseriding made me forget about smoking even during the **** week.

When I wasn't hungry, the craves were not so bad.

I tried "not to care" about craves. I was trying not to dive deep into fantasizing about cigarettes. Instead of fantasizing how good one could be I said to myself "I don't care". Later on I could change it to "I don't want". I'm not sure I'm expressing it understandably...

I have been Quit for: 1M 5D 6m 32s. I have NOT smoked 720, for a savings of $49.51. Life Saved: 2D 12h.

P.S. Suzanne T, I would love to join your party of meditation tapes but I doubt I could find them from Estonia. So you are still on your own...

Joined: 07 Jan 2009, 19:13

27 Mar 2001, 09:10 #20

ImageI just buried myself in my job during the day and kept busy until bed time in the evenings. I also drank alot of water, ate mints, chewed gum and most of all I made myself a daily promise. "Today I will not take a puff" This has worked daily for a period 2M 3W 4D 19h 11m 58s. I have NOT smoked 1695, for a savings of $288.32. Life Saved: 5D 21h 15m. This is an awsome experience and I am so proud of myself.ImageImage
Last edited by Gaby on 16 Mar 2009, 20:36, edited 1 time in total.