A thought that's run across me numerous times over the last couple months (especially the last month!)...are we quitting smoking (nicotine) or just stopping? Before you answer, give this some thought.
A drug or alcohol addict, when they've made up their mind to not be an addict anymore, goes though horrible withdrawel over a few days, up to a week, usually with the help of rehab or detox. 1. there needs to be an in-patient rehab for nicotine addicts, but that's a totally different thread. 2. the ex-herion addict or ex-drinker is now called a recovering addict becuase they are one drink/puff/snort/high/whatever away from becoming an addict/junkie/abuser again. Looking through all of these threads, i've seen these words attributed to smoking/nicotine as well....junkie, addict, puff, inhale, etc. Hi, I'm Katie and I'm a recovering smoker? Hi, I'm Katie and a recovering Nicotine addict? no - sounds stupid
Tim (that's that other half i was talking about before) always said, long before even he put them down - no one ever quits, they just stop doing it. I used to laugh at him and tell him that's dumb. But now I really think about it.
When you quit doing something, you don't do it any more, ever, for any reason. You QUIT going to that place .You QUIT going to this website. You QUIT driving that way. But with addiction, don't you really just stop? No matter what the addiction, you are only 1 whatever away from being an active addict again, and in our case, one puff or chew. If you really can't stand ABC Pizza, you're not going to go there anymore. And even if say someone orders from there while you're at thier house, it's just going to reinforce how much you can't stand them. And tomorrow, that's not going to change. But now you really can't stand smoking/nicotine. You know how much better you're feeling (outside of withdrawl). But if you have just one drag, it'll probably make you want to vomit, you'll cough up a lung, and you'll hate yourself for it. And tomorrow, you'll smoke a whole one. then buy a pack again...and the cycle continues.
So did we really QUIT? Or did we just stop doing it. I prefer stopping. And i'm not trying to be pessimistic, but for the sake of all arguments, i can't tell the future. So i can't say that next week i will or won't pick up a cigarette. I know that the way i think right now, i won't. And i know for today, i haven't.
Just a thought.
Stopped the addiction for 35 days and counting. Not spent almost $275, and not lit almost 1.040 cigarettes. I have saved almost 4 days of my life.
Is relapse a natural part of the addiction process?
"I made a conscious decision to smoke."
I know I will quit again
Quitting with a positive attitude
Victory - how can we measure it?
Words that translate to " R E L A P S E"
We understand why you relapsed
There is no legitimate reason to relapse