Have you ever embraced a crave?

Subconscious use cue extinguishment
divegal808
Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:03

20 Jul 2007, 10:47 #51

Congratulations, Gump, and thank you for always bumping this up, Sal. I'm Gold x3 plus and this is the only thread to which I still subscribe. It was a key to my successful quit, and to my life.

I learned within months of my quit that I had anxiety disorders and had been suppressing them (but not the problems they caused) for 30 years with nicotine. I also learned that there are healthy ways to actually treat anxiety, not simply suppress it like every cigarette (or gum or patch.)

From what I've gathered here, most people don't wind up needing meds or formal therapy, but for those who do, know that unlike with the vicious cycle of nicotine, you'll be getting your life back, in more ways than one. And it's nothing to be ashamed of; it's courageous and beautiful.

Embrace your crave, return to yourself, and Never Take Another Puff.

Love to all.
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swrld
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

07 Nov 2007, 10:58 #52

This really hits home for me. Rather than mask it by eating, drinking or doing something to get my mind of it I actually have let it hit me full on! Feel it, acknowledge it, cry if I must. Experience the crave and it does move on and then you actually feel stronger. It's the whole " what doesn't kill you makes you stronger".....

As long as you never take another puff!!!

Kristi
One month, one week, four days, 23 hours, 26 minutes and 49 seconds. 839 cigarettes not smoked, saving $209.88. Life saved: 2 days, 21 hours, 55 minutes.
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Sal GOLD.ffn
Joined: 16 Jan 2003, 08:00

10 Jan 2008, 10:23 #53

Image A crave will go away whether you feed it or not.
Not is a good choice!Image
Last edited by Sal GOLD.ffn on 23 Jul 2009, 02:34, edited 1 time in total.
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Marty Gold
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

26 Jul 2008, 07:21 #54

If I had to choose just one post for every newbie to carry at all times, this would be it !!!!!

If you haven't tried it, you should. It's so simple, it works, and it's a life saver.
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healing my life
Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:05

28 Aug 2008, 12:09 #55

Thank you for this post, as a newbie I found this message so true and very inspiring. I am going to print this so I can read it often. I plan on embracing my craves, each and every one!

Tracey - 8 days Free
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jackrabit50
Joined: 03 Mar 2009, 00:32

23 Dec 2009, 21:21 #56

After almost 7 yrs of being nicotine free last night for some reason I walked into a store and a guy was smoking. Usually the smell stinks and I can't stand it. But last night it smelt good!
I couldn't figure out why then I remembered a post from John the the cigerette companies do this on ppurpose! They will add chocolete or some other smell to lure us addicts to thier products!
I couldn't believe it! But then I remembered I'm an addict and I will always look for a reason to smoke. I'm just greatful I remembered that. Thanks John and Joel

Rickgoldx6
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jackrabit50
Joined: 03 Mar 2009, 00:32

04 Jan 2010, 23:57 #57

jackrabit50 wrote:
After almost 7 yrs of being nicotine free last night for some reason I walked into a store and a guy was smoking. Usually the smell stinks and I can't stand it. But last night it smelt good!
I couldn't figure out why then I remembered a post from John the the cigerette companies do this on ppurpose! They will add chocolete or some other smell to lure us addicts to thier products!
I couldn't believe it! But then I remembered I'm an addict and I will always look for a reason to smoke. I'm just greatful I remembered that. Thanks John and Joel

Rickgoldx6
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daved
Joined: 01 Oct 2010, 12:52

04 Oct 2010, 23:13 #58

Its only been a week for me but I have to say that this has been the most effortless quit I've ever done. I'm absolutely certain that I will never smoke another cigarette and this is primarily attributed to the first page I came across on this site on day 1 which was the Law of Addiction article. It made me realise for the first time since I started smoking 15 years ago how little influence I had in the "decision" to smoke. I always believed I liked it and often cited that as a reason why I still smoked. I don't like being conned and this is a huge motivator in the way I deal with cravings now.

When I get a craving I observe it almost as though it were a third party. I think of it as a salesman trying to sell me something I don't need for 365 easy payments a year for the rest of my life. Its obviously even worse than that. Sometimes I admire it a little bit thinking to myself: "Wow! Thats a really powerful crave. This drug truly is amazing!". I mean, you have to give it points for cleverness. But just like I might appreciate the skill involved in a good sales pitch, I don't buy it. I now know its a really bad deal no matter how its wrapped and I will never allow myself to be conned by nicotine ever again. I'm annoyed I was for so long. I find my cravings last about 10-20 seconds using this persepective.

So I wouldn't say I embrace cravings exactly, but I don't run away from them either. I'm more like an observer this time whereas previously I was an active participant completely absorbed in the story the salesman was telling me.
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JohnPolito
Joined: 11 Nov 2008, 19:22

04 Oct 2010, 23:46 #59

Excellent Dave!  Nope, standing back and embracing are clearly two different thingsImage   What you're doing is being smarter than your dependency is strong.  Outstanding, literally!  Although your limbic mind screams that smoking is critical to your well being, your rational thinking mind now knows the truth.  It knows that your chemically captive limbic mind has no choice but to lie to you, that it's simply operating as designed, but by a non-intended master.  Be proud of yourself, Dave.  Still just one rule ... no nicotine today!

Breathe deep, hug hard, live long,

John (Gold x11) 
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Joe J free
Joined: 18 Jan 2009, 06:57

13 Oct 2010, 13:30 #60

The last paragraph of this Freedom Classic by John meant so much to me during early recovery.  I hope it can do the same for others now learning to live free of dependency.

Enjoy your recovery don't fear it.  Embrace and welcome each and every crave episode, as the arrival of each signals another time, place, location, event or emotion that you are about to reclaim.  Enjoy coming home.  There is a calm, quiet and free mind at the end, one that will go days, weeks and then months without wanting for nicotine.   But don't take my word for it.  Read the accounts of those you came before you!  Yes you can!

Breathe deep, hug hard, live long,

John
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