Getting vigilant and staying vigilant with the concept of addiction

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20 Oct 2004, 02:52 #28

Quitting smoking is taking control back over an addiction. This is no simple task--thousands of people die every day because they never personally mustered up the strength or resolve to fight to take over the control that cigarettes exerted on them. People must see quitting smoking as a "do or die" issue. Nowhere is this term more applicable than in quitting smoking. Every person quitting must see this is a fight for his or her health and very life--one the person must win if he or she wishes to save his or her health and your life. Smoking is an all or nothing proposition. To make sure you keep the ability to make it nothing--always remember to never take another puff!
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17 May 2005, 19:11 #31

Quitting smoking is taking control back over an addiction. This is no simple task--thousands of people die every day because they never personally mustered up the strength or resolve to fight to take over the control that cigarettes exerted on them. People must see quitting smoking as a "do or die" issue. Nowhere is this term more applicable than in quitting smoking. Every person quitting must see this is a fight for his or her health and very life--one the person must win if he or she wishes to save his or her health and your life. Smoking is an all or nothing proposition. To make sure you keep the ability to make it nothing--always remember to never take another puff! Joel
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14 Jun 2005, 03:38 #33

From Marty's Message 8 from above.


marty (gold)
Sent: 4/11/2003 8:50 AM
How strange that I've read this so many times, yet today for the first time this article "spoke to me".

Thanks to Gitte (again) for refreshing a great article.

As Marty also says - "The condition of not smoking has become an instinctive part of my life. I don't have to work consciously at being vigilant, any more than I have to make myself remember to look both ways before I cross the road. I really am being vigilant every instant of my waking life, but I just don't have to work at it. It just happens.

Isn't that wonderful ?"
Yes, it is.

joejFree - Nicotine Free and Healing for Five Months, Three Days, 5 Hours and 19 Minutes, Reclaiming 20 Days and 18 Hours
3856 nicotine delivery devices not used - $766.32 retained earnings.
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14 Jun 2005, 06:48 #34

And just to confirm that I'm still remaining vigilant, and still loving every moment of the healthy, smoke-free life I have made for myself .....

Marty
NOT A PUFF FOR four years, six months, two weeks : 29812 cigarettes not smoked, saving £6,841.76. Life extended by: 14 weeks, 5 days
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27 Dec 2005, 10:27 #37

So why choose our clinic? Only one reason we can think of. Because it works. We are a no-nonsense program. We recognize smoking is a true form of drug addiction, and we treat it as such. Being an addict means there is no magic cure, no easy way out. But the nicotine addiction like any other drug dependency is treatable. We offer the most comprehensive and sound support to beat that addiction. But do not let us give you the wrong impression. We won't quit for you. You will have to do the hard part. We will simply help show you how to stop and then how to stay off.
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06 Feb 2006, 17:17 #38

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22 Feb 2006, 03:51 #40

"Everyone who has ever quit and relapsed did it the same way--they took a puff. The vast majority of them took that puff because they just thought they could and "get away with it." Get away meant they were only going to have one or smoke for a limited time or just smoke a controlled amount. These are all the same mistake, they let go of the concept of addiction."
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26 Feb 2006, 22:24 #41

The Law of Addiction
The administration of a drug to an addict will cause reestablishment of dependence upon the addictive substance.
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05 Apr 2006, 02:47 #42

Everyone who has ever quit and relapsed did it the same way--they took a puff.

There is no in-between choice. Smoking is now and always will be an all or nothing proposition. Don't delude yourself into thinking you can have just one cigarette or just one puff. You can have a puff anytime you want, you just have to be willing to take the other 20, 40, 60 or more cigarettes a day that goes with that puff! You must also be willing to accept all the consequences which accompany being a smoker!
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06 Apr 2006, 00:34 #43

Most of you won't remember me, but on October 4th 2003 I gave up cigarettes and joined Freedom. I smoked for 25 years without any luck at quitting. After I joined freedom, I realized there were many others in worse shape than me, and bigger problems to worry about.... But they were doing it each day, and they became my inspiration to never take another puff.

A year into my quit, I started feeling sorry for myself because I gained a lot of weight, almost as if I was trying to find an excuse to start smoking again. Management confronted me about being negative in the group and withdrew my membership. I do not have any bad feelings about that, and I think it was probably a good thing.

At first I was a little upset, and thought "I might as well start smoking again" But what I learned here stuck with me, and I wasn't about to lose my year quit over anyone or anything. I can proudly say that I have not had a cigarette since my first quit date in October 4th, 2003. Could you pleas let the group know that I am a quitter for life. Two and one half years plus smoke free and feeling great.

Your quit friend,

Scott__
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06 Apr 2006, 01:04 #44

Congratulations Scott,
Just what we newbies need to hear.............you can't turn your back once you are equipped with the truth
NTAP
Sue
Free 13 weeks 3 days after 45 years of feeding an addiction
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26 Nov 2006, 00:55 #49

Hi Joel:

I just celebrated 6 months smoke free and was just doing some reading this morning and came across this page. What an excellent concept. People sometimes ask me how I possibly quit and I tell them about your site and I explain that this site helped me because I "wanted" to quit. I really, really wanted to quit. I did wonder whether I could be successful, since in 42 years, I had never skipped a day of smoking. I tried many times smoking one or two or three or four and each time went right back to 20 or more. You are right, there is no in between. It is all or nothing. I have many days when I forget that I ever smoked and then I have some days where I think about it a lot. I understand completely that I cannot take even one puff and would actually be scared to because it might kill me. Just the jolt of that drug in my body again, I believe could actually hurt me. I am now very afraid of cigarettes. I was always afraid of drugs, and now I include cigarettes in that same category. I love my freedom. I get so much more accomplished each day and don't seem to put things off as much.

I thank you so much for having this educational site and actually charging no money for people to use it. I think that is fantastic. You are a good person, and I am sure you are rewarded each day in other ways that do not concern money.

Thank you again.

NTAP

Dianne
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