Junkie Thinking.....

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27 Feb 2001, 02:10 #11

Hi Joann,
You hit it on the head again! Yesterday I was a t a swap meat with a bunch of people who smoked and on the way home I wanted just one real bad,Well I keeped saying to my self not know,Not one ! Not a stinking puff.It was hard but it worked.Again I would like to thank all of you at freedom for all the help. I could't do it with out you.One month, six days, 1 minute and 40 seconds. 740 cigarettes not smoked, saving $148.00. Life saved: 2 days, 13 hours, 40 minutes.


Thanks again
Live long and prospe
SMOKE FREE
Michael
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27 Feb 2001, 02:25 #12

Thank you Thank you Thank you. I couldn't post all weekend, screwed up my computer and boy was I having a hard time. I was junkie thinking on Saturday evening all through Sunday and had a horrible dream last night that I smoked and sat there counting how many. Woke up this morning really unhappy and upset. I can always count on coming here and getting the kick I need. I really have to get my computer up and running, it's hard on the weekends with no Freedom to go too. I have been Quit for: 1M 3W 1D 14h 47m 10s. I have NOT smoked 1608, for a savings of $241.27. Life Saved: 5D 14h. YQS Cathy
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03 Feb 2002, 12:20 #13

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08 Aug 2002, 07:02 #16

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13 Aug 2002, 11:22 #17

Found these on another Junky Thinking thread...

JUNKIE THINKING: "I'm Bored"

RESPONSE: Smoking is an "activity" or "something to do" only for
smokers. I'm really not "doing" anything when I smoke except still
sitting/standing there. The rest of the world survives occasional
boredom quite well without inhaling life-challenging chemicals.

JUNKIE THINKING: "But they've been smoking on TV and in the movies for
years! There are even magazines devoted to tobacco products!

RESPONSE: "That's right. They were on TV for years, I wasn't. I'm still
alive; many of them aren't and they departed this vale of tears in
prolonged and painful ways. And the smiling faces in the magazines now
are risking painful and disfiguring surgery later, at which point they
won't be smiling at all."

JUNKIE THINKING: "Its so nice to go out for a 'breath of fresh air' and
a cigarette."

RESPONSE: "Fresh air? I've got to be kidding. And face it, sunny days
are one thing, but how many days do I huddle out in the rain with the
rain hitting the cigarette and turning the cigarette paper that
disgusting yellow color? How many times is it windy and it takes forever
to keep a match or lighter lit long enough to light the cigarette, and
then how often does a gust of wind come up and blow the ashes into my
eyes? And when its icy outside, freezing my face off is bad enough, but
when it defrosts, there's this bizarre yellow condensation around my
nostrils. Now THAT'S attractive."

JUNKIE THINKING: "Smoking makes work go faster."

RESPONSE: "Most jobs where you work indoors are in companies which ban
smoking in the workplace. Some companies won't hire me if I smoke. And everytime I stop for a smoke it actually prolongs my work, since I'm not busy accomplishing it."
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12 Nov 2002, 13:42 #18

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12 Nov 2002, 16:27 #19

Hey OBob!

Great thread... I needed that.

Nice to see you up and around again. I hope your cold is better.

3 weeks TODAY!
Sten
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09 Dec 2002, 09:06 #20

TDQ,

Hope you don't mind me pasting your inner debate here. Good stuff....


IJ: Listen to that wheeze--I never wheezed this badly when I was smoking...
ME: Yes, I did. And when I smoked, I was constantly using bronchodilators helpfully supplied by the tobacco companies...
IJ: Um. Yeah. I forgot about that....


Being Honest About Our Addiction
There is no legitimate reason to relapse


IJ: Man, with all these coughs, sniffles, and sneezes, I can't smell anything, taste much, or breathe properly. Might as well be smoking...
ME: Yeah? And the coughs, sniffles, and sneezes will feel better with tobacco smoke added?
IJ. Er. Well...maybe not....


Is it true that everything smells and tastes better when you quit smoking?
What did you love about smoking?


IJ: God, I'm under so much stress right now...if I could have just one cigarette, I'd feel so much better.
ME: Maybe, but the next 25 will be really expensive. And once the habit's reestablished, you'll be spending $150.00 a month you don't have.
IJ: Oh. Never mind.


Fixating on a cigarette.
The One Puff Files

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09 Dec 2002, 09:26 #21

No prob, Obob!

This thread is close to what I was looking for today, anyway...I just needed some reinforcement to argue with that Inner Junky...

TDQ(b) -- thedreadedquitter(bronze)
Da numbas:
3 Months 3 Weeks 3 Days 21 Hours 45 Minutes 17 Seconds
2922 not smoked, saving $730.67
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06 May 2003, 10:22 #22

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06 May 2003, 18:31 #23

Thanks Joanne and OBob! This is an excellent thread, especially for us newbies. Reminders are always helpful. I have a minor variation of the first one in Joanne's list, one I've played out over the last several days (but only a few times).

Junkie Thinking: "One puff will be so incredibly good, so completely wonderful, better than any fantasy you've ever had, a thousand times better than the best cigaratte you can remember."

Response: "Sit down and be quiet, you big liar! I know the truth, cause I'm busy reading Freedom posts right now."

qwerty
2 weeks, 1 day
NTAP
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06 May 2003, 21:24 #24

Hi Joanne! Great thread!

Junkie thinking may never fully go away, but the intensity of the battle sure changes! This one happened the evening after I made Gold.......

JUNKIE THINKING: Well, you've gone a whole year, and shown you can do it if you want. Now we can go back to smoking!
RESPONSE: Laughter..... pure, free, unforced laughter; rising up spontaneously from a bottomless well of joy and gratitude......

For those of you still in the battle...... You can win this!

BillW
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25 May 2003, 18:25 #25

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25 May 2003, 19:00 #26

Junkie Self Conditioning
  1. I do not do things that I do not like to do
  2. I smoke lots and lots and lots of cigarettes
  3. Thus, I must really really enjoy smoking
Honest Self Conditioning
  1. I do not do things that I do not like to do
  2. I smoke lots and lots and lots of cigarettes
  3. But my brain reward pathways quickly became chemically married to nicotine (and its two hour chemical half-life) and the only alterative I saw prior to each mandatory feeding was chemical withdawal and recovery. At the moment, smoking nicotine seemed like the quicker solution but in truth it wasn't the solution, it was my entire problem!
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22 Jul 2003, 04:08 #28

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22 Jul 2003, 06:00 #29

junkie thinking? YES
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29 Jul 2003, 10:20 #30

This is exactly the way I have been thinking at times......and I thought it was only me!!!! I feel better already......

Tracy
One week, 4 hours, 3 minutes and 5 seconds. 164 cigarettes not smoked, saving $22.26. Life saved: 13 hours, 40 minutes.
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16 Nov 2003, 10:36 #31

Junkie Thinking:
If this stuff was illegal i would be in prison now.
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17 Nov 2003, 16:06 #32

Me too, Nick!!! Oh good old junkie thinking! I'm glad that "something is missing feeling" is pretty much gone. It seems to be getting easier and easier. Some days are easier than others, but I'm sooooo proud to be nicotine free. I'm also glad to not have to be constantly thinking about how I need to quit, how I hardly even liked it anymore, so "why do I even do it". You know those kind of feelings.
Michelle
free and healing for 6 1/2 weeks.
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17 Nov 2003, 20:47 #33

Sometimes, I make myself laugh my visualizing the internal conflict between the junkie and the non-smoker inside me. This visualization makes me laugh and usually takes my mind off of the urge.

I imagine the scene from "Liar, Liar" with Jim Carrey. The part with him trying to say the blue pen is another color. I see myself wrestling with a cigarette saying "smoke it smoke it." It works for me.
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25 Dec 2003, 15:45 #34

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25 Dec 2003, 23:10 #35

As interesting today as it was three years ago!
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