johnny L irish
johnny L irish

February 20th, 2004, 11:17 am #21

Cigarettes are also very efficient. From what I understand, each one delivers about 10 hits outside at the communal ashtray. Since I smoked 30 a day, I needed to feed myself 300 times. Of course, when I started out, I only needed to feed myself maybe 60 or 70 times a day. Incredibly efficient and cost [deth]-effective over time. Always more, more, more. I'm glad to be rid of them.

Johnny
5D 21h 16m nicotine-free
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July 23rd, 2004, 11:18 pm #22



I wish it was just a nasty little habit


Recognizing needs
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ChristyMay1977
ChristyMay1977

August 11th, 2005, 11:06 am #23

EWWWWW ~ How sick is that? ... I would like to think that I was ever THAT addicted as to drink my nicotine due to a smoking ban in bars... but sad fact is, that I more than likely was! GROSS
~*~ Grateful Every Single Day for my Freedom! ~*~
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Christy xx
Breathing Easy Since April 11th 2005 ~ That's 121 days!
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forza d animo
forza d animo

February 13th, 2006, 11:31 pm #24

Be honest with yourself. That is why you are reading here and not at another forum.
The next time that you think to yourself , "I want a cigarette." Say it aloud instead, "I want some nicotine."
You may be surprised just how quickly it works to keep a passing thought from turning into a raving crave. Your focus will quickly return to what you have learned and keep you from pursuing some fantasy that only frustrates you.
Give it a try. It really works.

Joseph - 16 months
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Em B 12106
Em B 12106

February 15th, 2006, 6:28 am #25

Indeed it does, (almost) immediately... within seconds!

Em
Three weeks, two days, 19 hours, 20 minutes and 34 seconds. 357 cigarettes not smoked, saving $75.70. Life saved: 1 day, 5 hours, 45 minutes.
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AngiBugQuits
AngiBugQuits

February 18th, 2006, 2:09 am #26


I will replace the word Cigarette with Nicotine for the rest of the day just to try it on for size....it may stick!

While I am at it, I will also replace the word Smoker with Addict.....


I am very happy that I am now a Recovering Addict winning the battle over my addiction to Nicotine!

NTAP!
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Joined: January 16th, 2003, 8:00 am

April 6th, 2006, 5:09 am #27

From above - Message #48:

Be honest with yourself. That is why you are reading here and not at another forum.
The next time that you think to yourself , "I want a cigarette." Say it aloud instead, "I want some nicotine."
You may be surprised just how quickly it works to keep a passing thought from turning into a raving crave. Your focus will quickly return to what you have learned and keep you from pursuing some fantasy that only frustrates you.
Give it a try. It really works.

Joseph - 16 months
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maura60
maura60

July 28th, 2006, 3:32 am #28

Tks John, that was a very good tip, it decontextualizes the white thing with a filter and we see it for what it is. Clever. Thanks again.
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JoeJFree Gold
JoeJFree Gold

October 10th, 2006, 11:28 pm #29

An excellent example of how replacing the word cigarette with nicotine can hilight the truth of our addiction:

A different perspective ...
Hi, first let me in introduce myself. I have been [ a nicotine addict ] since I was 16, I am now 25 (almost 26). I started [ using nicotine ] casually with some friends after school, which by college turned into a [ full fledged addiction ]. Until a week ago I was [ using ] just about a pack a day. 20 Brand Name Not Important [ nicotine delivery devices ] a day, usually more on the weekend (being out drinking and [ bringing on premature withdrawal ]) In college all of my friends [were nicotine addicts], all my college friends [ are still nicotine addicts ]. Everything I did, everywhere I went I was [ using nicotine ]. I would always have [ nicotine delivery devices ] on me. I would [ administer a dose ] first thing in the morning and right before bed. If I had only 2 [ delivery devices ] left in my pack you bet I was on my way to the store to buy more so I would never be without them.

Well people have been on me for as long as I can remember to quit [ using nicotine ]. I always said, "Yeah, yeah I will quit when I am ready." I told myself I would stop [ using nicotine ] when I turned 18, when I was 22 as my new years resolution, and then when I graduated college. I never even tried to quit. I don't think I even made an effort.

Two weeks ago money was a bit tight so as I was sitting making a budget for the week I was trying to figure out how I was going to make ends meet with bills, food, gas, and [ nicotine ]. I looked at my budget and laughed at myself because I was budgeting in something that was killing me. I said to myself, "How the heck is it possible that I am 25, college educated and still doing something 20 times a day that is killing me slowly and here I sit trying to figure out a way to keep doing it?" So I decided I was going to quit. I bought another pack of [ nicotine delivery devices ] the next day and told myself that after that pack was done I would be done. I began to research and found this site and whyquit.com and I began reading. I learnt a lot and made my mind up that I could do it. So a week ago today @ 11:45pm I [ used nicotine for the last time ].

I must say the first days were ok. I wasn't crawling the walls or anything. I would wake up in the morning and crave [ nicotine ] but I would tell myself today we aren't [ using nicotine ]; we will deal with tomorrow when it gets here. Although the craving never really went away (sort of a fog over my head all day, I was thinking about [ nicotine ] almost every min. of everyday) I didn't [ use nicotine ]. I drank a lot of juice. But I guess most importantly I didn't [ use nicotine ] not even [ once ]! I told myself: get over it, you're not [ using nicotine ] so figure out something else to do!

Well day 6 came and the cravings came a bit stronger and now at day 7 I might be going out of my mind. I am very restless and crawling out of my skin. I smell [ the toxic residue of the combustion of 4000 + chemicals ] on my co-workers and am obsessing about it. I want [ to smell like that too ], I want [ nicotine ]! I know why I quit! I read and re-read my list but god I [ never knew what it meant to be addicted until now ]! Not a lot of stress in general right now but just a longing for [ relief from withdrawal ].

My big concern is tomorrow. I am going to an all day music festival with a friend of mine. I have been looking forward to this show for a long time now. I know we will be drinking a lot of the day and just hanging out seeing some really good sets. I love outdoor music fests and this will be a really good one. Although I always [ used nicotine ] at them. My buddy is a [ constantly in withdrawal ] and I know he will be [ burning a toxic waste dump ] next to me all day. On top of that with drinking tomorrow I am not sure if I [ understand my addiction well enough to deal with the challenge ].

I know this was a long post and if ya read the whole thing…hey thanks! I guess I am just sitting here typing all this out cause….well I just want [ to smoke nicotine for the rest of my life ]!

The message must have helped (along with others) as tihs post ended the thread this reply was lifted from.





This addiction is very real and very potent. You should take it very seriously.
Knowledge is your ally and a simple phrase will keep you free.
Never take another puff.

Joseph (forza-d-animo)
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Sharry
Sharry

December 16th, 2006, 2:34 am #30

Whar an intersting thread - puts a whole different perspective on my ex addiction.

I now realise that my whole adult life has been blighted by the addiction called nicotine.

Now I fully understand why I began, some years ago, to hate the actual smoking bit - needed the nicotine - so had it by way of gum sometimes. Probably less harmful but always went back to the smoking form of delivery.

I am committed to stay quit - and will find it a lot easier with such wonderful insight such as yours - thank you - Sharry.
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JoeJFree Gold
JoeJFree Gold

December 18th, 2006, 10:47 pm #31

Change your base of thinking to reflect the truth and view your addiction in an honest light.

Replace the word 'smoking' with 'service my addiction'
and the word 'cigarette' with 'nicotine'.

You will be surprised what a difference it makes to view things as they really are.

JoeJFree - 707 days by NTAP!
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JoeJFree Gold
JoeJFree Gold

February 26th, 2007, 10:46 am #32

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June 27th, 2007, 5:47 am #33

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forza d animo
forza d animo

December 5th, 2007, 5:34 am #34

For Cindy,
If you are reading you will find this. I hope it helps.
Recovery is a process of learning to live without nicotine. At some point you must let go of the idea that there is any relief from what you are feeling in a cigarette. It is a process of healing and learning to deal with life without first having to pause for a dopamine explosion in your brain.

Have faith that we are telling the truth that it gets easier. We are sometimes guilty of creating a fit of anxiety by fixating on a cigarette because we are convinced that it will make it better. It is from what we learn about our addiction that we realize that relief can only truly come when we never take another puff.
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VICKIGOLD2006
VICKIGOLD2006

March 30th, 2008, 9:57 pm #35

This simple excercise of changing two words, dramatically changed my view of nicotine addiction....try it, what have you got to lose?

Vicki, free from nicotine for 1 year, 7 months and 27 days, because I NTAP!!
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VictoriaLynn357
VictoriaLynn357

April 1st, 2008, 2:01 am #36

Having survived multiple addictions, I can say from first-hand experience that nicotine addiction is not only no different than other addictions, it is worse. At least for me, that was the case. I am certain that the only reason I did not barter necessary food or utility money is because of how readily available the drug and its delivery system was to me.
Sorry I have not checked in for a while but I no longer have a computer at home and I just finished moving from one home to another. Although certain aspects of this process were extraordinarily stressful, I did not have to smoke over it. I have not had a cigarette for six weeks and two days and if I never take another puff, I won't have to live out thatr awful addiciton again.
Thanks for a great point!

Victoria Lynn, Enjoyingh another smoke free week after six weeks and two days!
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JoeJFree Gold
JoeJFree Gold

June 8th, 2008, 5:24 am #37

Change your base of thinking to reflect the truth and view your addiction in an honest light.

Replace the word 'smoking' with 'service my addiction'
and the word 'cigarette' with 'nicotine'.

You will be surprised what a difference it makes to view things as they really are.

JoeJFree - 3 years 4 months 28 days because I consciously replace the word cigarette with nicotine - Always. It ain't the smoke, it's what's inside that we need to recover from. NTAP!
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JoeJFree Gold
JoeJFree Gold

June 28th, 2008, 4:36 am #38

Once you make the connection & change the paradigm - that our life revolved around keeping ourselves supplied with enough nicotine to stave off withdrawal anxiety for at least 20 minutes more - that tobacco cigarettes were only the carrier of our poison of choice........then we can clearly see that the solution to gaining and retaining our Freedom of Mind is achieved by using simple chemistry. No nicotine - no problem.


As John says in another post - Quitting is not a problem, it is a solution to a problem.



Joe J free for nearly 3 and a half years cause I learned how to overcome addictive chemical reactions in my brain - by
Never taking another puff
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freedom20082
freedom20082

October 11th, 2008, 12:10 am #39

NOW WHEN I LOOK BACK MY LIFE..I AM SURE YOU PEOPLE ARE TELLING THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH.. BY THE WAY NICOTIN IS A PESTISIDE...AND YOU BEING A MAN ADMINTERING IT..WHAT A SHAME..SHAME ON US THAT WE WERE SMOKERS..
UJJWAL SAHA
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Psychropod
Psychropod

May 14th, 2009, 4:24 pm #40

I am also in recovery for other chemical addictions (15 years clean from everything else, and 2 months off nicotine). What still doesn't cease to baffle me is how I was able to mentally separate nicotine from other drugs all those years -- but once it "clicked" in my mind that it was the nicotine and not the cigarette that was the problem, I was suddenly able to stop immediately and completely! I can't thank J2 (John and Joel) enough for showing me the light and helping me to see that I should never take another puff!
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Raphael - Free and Healing for Two Months, Three Days, 15 Hours and 47 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 4 Days and 11 Hours, by avoiding the use of 1293 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $388.98.
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FreedomNicotine
FreedomNicotine

November 24th, 2010, 10:19 pm #41

[url=http://john-(gold).ffn.yuku.com/]John (Gold)[/url] Replacing the Word "Cigarette" with "Nicotine" #11 [url] [-]
 

04/01/02 02:52

The day that smoking changed from being a matter of choice to a mandatory endless requirement was the point of no return. What may have started as a brief rebellious experiment, an attempt to look more adult, or as a means to gain acceptance from others, was now a true, full blown and permanent chemical dependency. Scientists tell us it was then that we each altered our brains and that even if we are able to quit , break free and grow 100%comfortable in our new life as an ex-smoker, that we each remain on probation for the remainder of our lives, always just one puff away from relapse.

Knowing the law of addiction doesn't make the comfort that arrives, for all who remain patient, any less comfortable. In fact it can be comforting knowing exactly what it takes to stay free! There are no loopholes in the law of addiction. Yes, the "thought" of "just one" is a lie! Like Joel teaches us, the true measure of the tremendous power of nicotine isn't in how hard it is to quit but in the power of that one little puff and how easy it is relapse!

Be patient with your healing, just one day at a time! There are over one billion comfortable ex-smokers on earth and none of them were stronger than you! It doesn't take strength to quit but simply desire and an appreciation for the power of smoking just one puff of new nicotine! There is only one rule that we each must follow in order to remain free for life -NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF!
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