Junkie Thinking.....

TDQ gold
TDQ gold

December 9th, 2002, 9:26 am #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)
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OBob Gold
OBob Gold

May 6th, 2003, 10:22 am #22

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qwerty (green)
qwerty (green)

May 6th, 2003, 6:31 pm #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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BillW Gold.ffn
BillW Gold.ffn

May 6th, 2003, 9:24 pm #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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OBob Gold
OBob Gold

May 25th, 2003, 6:25 pm #25

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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

May 25th, 2003, 7:00 pm #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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OBob Gold
OBob Gold

June 11th, 2003, 11:39 am #27

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OBob Gold
OBob Gold

July 22nd, 2003, 4:08 am #28

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Rickgoldx5
Rickgoldx5

July 22nd, 2003, 6:00 am #29

junkie thinking? YES
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Daisydaze5 Silver
Daisydaze5 Silver

July 29th, 2003, 10:20 am #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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nervousnick
nervousnick

November 16th, 2003, 10:36 am #31

Junkie Thinking:
If this stuff was illegal i would be in prison now.
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Michelle72482
Michelle72482

November 17th, 2003, 4:06 pm #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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Jeff 74 Gold
Jeff 74 Gold

November 17th, 2003, 8:47 pm #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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Joanne Gold
Joanne Gold

December 25th, 2003, 3:45 pm #34

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Dionne (gold)
Dionne (gold)

December 25th, 2003, 11:10 pm #35

As interesting today as it was three years ago!
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CandidCandiSilver
CandidCandiSilver

January 3rd, 2004, 12:33 am #36

For Kim
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February 22nd, 2004, 11:47 pm #37

for Nonicfrank
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TOM DPLN1 GOLD
TOM DPLN1 GOLD

April 23rd, 2004, 3:35 am #38

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Joanne Gold
Joanne Gold

May 27th, 2004, 1:42 am #39

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June 14th, 2004, 1:11 am #40

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cherylmcc
cherylmcc

July 17th, 2004, 3:36 pm #41

I just found this (and found it englightening) and thought it might help some folks who shall remain nameless.

Cheryl - Free and Healing for One Month, Sixteen Days, 4 Hours and 6 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 3 Days and 4 Hours, by avoiding the use of 923 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $208.17.
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SmokefreeLeeTron
SmokefreeLeeTron

July 18th, 2004, 1:22 am #42

I remember an anti-drug commercial from the early eighties that had the tagline: "nobody ever says "when I grow up, I wanna ba junkie!""

Just to be a contrarian, I used to say that. Guess what? It came true. I am a full fledged nicotine junkie. Fortunately, I am not an active junkie, have not been for four months, and never will be again.

NTAP

Lee
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August 27th, 2004, 10:05 am #43

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Rickrob53 Gold
Rickrob53 Gold

September 8th, 2004, 2:30 am #44

"When it comes to addictive behavior and thought processes, the smoker is right up there with the cocaine or heroine addict. Especially in the early stages of quitting smoking do we tend to crave "Just One". Unfortunately, that is nothing but the mind of the addict rationalizing the next of many fixes."

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AntiqueRadioGuy2
AntiqueRadioGuy2

September 29th, 2004, 1:47 am #45

What the heck is a "social smoker??????!!!!!" If I smoke one, I'm done for . May as well schedule lung removal, radiation & chemotherapy; buy a funeral plot.

I can't conceive of nicotine addiction being ANYTHING like being a social drinker. Only a few, small percent of people who enjoy social cocktails become hopelessly addicted alchoholics.

Seems to me that EVERYONE who smokes or chews becomes a nicotine addict very quickly! (I don't know the numbers. . . .)

Who knows about this????

Randy
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