Quitting by gradual withdrawal

Joel
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

16 Aug 2001, 11:22 #11

One of my young seminar participants was cutting down, thought this would be a good one to bring up for his benefit.
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SweetLorraine (Gold)
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:59

24 Oct 2001, 03:57 #12

Dear Joel,

How I wish I had found your site a few weeks ago. Maybe gradual withdrawl does work for some but I found it very difficult. Being determined I kept at it until I was down to 6 cigarettes a day and then I decided quitting couldn't be any worse. Should have gone that route to start with. But the main thing is I did quit and I found this site and I realize all I have to do is never take another puff.

Thanks for all the great insights and inspiration,

SweetLorraine
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Joel
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

24 Oct 2001, 04:36 #13

Hello SweetLorraine:

Sorry you didn't find us a little earlier too to avoid and unecessary extended withdrawal but for now, it is not really important. What is important is that you got off, even though it was hard. Bottom line always is that it is not important if it was hard or easy to get off smoking--all that is really important is that you first got off smoking and now, equally important is that you stay off smoking. For that I think you found us in time--for all you have to do now is follow our one simple relapse prevention rule--to remember to never take another puff!

Joel
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Joel
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

19 Nov 2001, 07:28 #14

Image For Little Conya's cousin. Hopefully his life will ease up now that he knows to never take another puff!

Joel
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Joel
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

21 Dec 2001, 10:49 #15

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ThreecrowsGold
Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:14

10 Jul 2002, 07:41 #16

This post made me think of my Mother's comment during one of my many previous attempts to quit. I was wearing the patches and had cut back to like 5 a day or something like that. She said:

"Oh my God, why the heck would you want to prolong the agony? Just get it over with!"

Threecrowsgold, aka Liz

PS Thanks Joel
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Joanne Gold
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:58

26 Aug 2002, 01:11 #17

Quitting cold turkey may be hard but quitting by this withdrawal technique is virtually impossible. If you have a choice between hard and impossible, go for hard. You will have something to show at the end of a hard process, but nothing but misery at the end of an impossible approach. Quit cold and in 72 hours it eases up. Cut down and it will basically get progressively worse for weeks, months, years if you let it.
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L z l
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:59

07 Feb 2003, 22:48 #18

Image for a friend who may be looking in.
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Toast (GOLD )
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

05 Apr 2003, 02:10 #19

I love this article! Thanks, Joel. Image
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BubblyDoodlebug Gold
Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:10

01 Jun 2003, 11:21 #20

I tried this and it was the meanest thing I have ever done to myself. I decided I would have one cig when I woke up and then one right before I went to bed. I was so miserable. Quitting cold turkey has been rough. I got sick for a few days, but I got over it. It's not like I am not teasing myself with a little nicotine here and there; the nicotine is gone, time to get over it, the other way is just teasing yourself constantly. 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours 56 minutes.
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