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As you'll quickly notice, Freedom remains highly focused on a single topic Freedom from nicotine! With smoking today costing half of all smokers over 5,000 days of life, we are deadly serious about our mission.If you're here to end your chemical dependency upon nicotine and take back control of your life then you're in the right place. But if you have other needs that you think Freedom should fulfill then Freedom may not be right for you.There are no days, hours or minutes off from our mission. There are no subject matter exception to our focus posting requirement - it's 100% freedom from nicotine. Every now and then we get a member whose initial agenda is different than Freedom's. We also have to deal with the reality that 100% of our members are on a journey that is moving them away from needing the tremendous front-end focus that defines our mission and comes with mastering the ABCs of nicotine cessation.Having to expend time and energy in corrective action to maintain forum focus is our least favorite expenditure of time. We have provided a list of links to other forums that you'll find on www.WhyQuit.com in the lower right corner. Some of these forums have no subject matter posting requirements whatsoever and almost anything goes.If you find Freedom's mission focus is in any way troubling to you now then such feelings are likely to only grow more troubling as comfort begins to arrive. All are free to read, use or even print all of our articles and materials but posting privileges are reserved for those who understand the importance of our mission.Thanks in advance for reflecting upon the importance of our mission. Regardless of the forum you choose, always remember that once established chemical addiction is a permanent condition. To keep your dependeny under arrest requires only that you NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF! John
Thanks Freedom for always doing your very best to make sure that every thread opened by any visitor to these boards will be a welcome invitation to stay, read and learn at what may very well be the most focused online cessation tool anywhere. They're not here seaching for a social life, to debate or to be entertained. They came in search of knowledge and serious support in helping them arrest their addiction. It's who we are, it's all we strive to be, and we wouldn't be the tool we are, without the amazing cooperaton of all of Freedom's members! Thanks!
NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF!
If the intense focus demanded by this forum begins to bother you then please try and understand that it's not necessarily a bad sign. It may mean that you are getting along in your quit and growing just a wee bit tired of the endless hammering of the ABC's of nicotine cessation and the intense focus that will always be the hallmark of this site. But as the ABC's become second nature to you it's easy to lose sight of the fact that the ABC's are what this place is all about.
During 2002 our members on a whole have done a fantastic job of understanding and appreciating the evolution of their online needs. It really is akin to high school graduates outgrowing the school's programs or teens growing up and finding mom and dad's house rules just too darn confining.
The entire forum is extremely thankful that so many in harmony with Freedom's core teachings choose to stay and help support the the next generation of arrivals. But we are just as thankful to all those members who realize that they've outgrown Freedom's structured confines, yet handle this simple reality in a mature manner. To attack, disrupt or even destroy this forum would be so so easy. Thank you Freedom !
As some of our newest members may have already discovered Freedom marches to its own drummer. It's no accident that the focus here is so serious and single minded. The single mindedness flows from the realization that there are only two options, freedom or feedom. The tremendous focus maintained here is in large part derived by most members developing an educated appreciation of just how serious every member's quest for freedom actually is.
This thread only asks that each new member to take a moment and reflect upon the simple fact that as your quit matures and comfort begins to arrive, you may possibly tire of constantly hearing the ABC's of quitting, over and over and over again, as generation after generation of new members continue coming through the door. All we ask is that each of us dedicate ourselves to ensuring that the next generation arrives to the same serious and focused message that was present when we began our quest. There's only one rule - no nicotine - Never Take Another Puff! John - The Gold Club
" Out of respect for Freedom and what she has done for you, and others, we ask that as your quit matures into comfort and you begin to find the structure here at Freedom too confining that you act in a mature manner that ensures that all new arrivals will be able to enjoy the same life saving message that Glory Week shared with you! "
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I know we don't say it nearly enough but to one amazing group of givers we offer a simple thanks!
Over the months and years many of you have invested mountains of time in reaching out while motivating, educating and supporting Freedom's newest generation and in return receive only the warmth of knowing that you'vee touched the life of a faceless brother or sister, in an ohhhhh sooooo special way. I wish there were more but the warmth you feel is truly justified as together you've been one awesome team!
You're touching and changing lives!
I just read Richard's diversion post to Parker's anything goes parade and the biggest smile came over me. You are one amazing collection of folks! Think about it - it isn't easy staying 100% focused 100% of the time on only one issue -dependency recovery - but each and every one of you do an utterly amazing job. Although clearly not enough, I know I speak for scores of dedicated givers who are devoted to helping the next generation of arrivals taste their own lasting freedom when together we say thank you, thank you, thank you for helping keep this very special place the amazing tool it is!
We're told every once in a while that we need to be more like other forums and let members do their own thing, that we're taking quitting far too seriously, or questioning how we can call ourselves Freedom when there is no freedom of general socialization, freedom of speech to engage in discussions about issues other than nicotine dependency recovery or prevention, no freedom to advertise, and absolutely no freedom to explore toying with the latest quick-fix magic cure.
They're right in every regard except one, we have no desire to try and be like anything other than what we are - an education, motivation and support tool that will always and forever put education first. We're a serious classroom first and foremost, we have to be as nicotine dependency is not some multiple choice exam where the price of failure is simply some bad grade on a report card. Here a failing grade - one puff - is often a death sentence. Above the door it says Freedom from Smoking, not freedom to exercise personal liberties.
Does the classroom have rules with some rather intense focus? Absolutely! Too serious? I don't think so. My second live clinic had fourteen participants. Two weeks later eleven had remained nicotine free and graduated. I just learned that one of the three who didn't graduate isn't doing well in her battle with lung cancer.
The more than four million graves being filled by tobacco each year contain the bodies of our bother and sister nicotine addicts, half having died during middle-age, each an average of 22.5 years early. If they had arrived here looking for a serious recovery tool and only clicked upon one or two threads before making their decision on whether to read further, what would they have found?
We thank each and everyone of you for ensuring that those who do arrive are greeted with the single-minded sense of serious purpose reflected by in the phrase "just one day at a time Never Take Another Puff!"