"So do thoughts of smoking ever arise? Sure they do. I've also changed thousands of diapers and that might cross my mind sometimes too. I know, I know, one is not an addiction, but they both stink! Is there any residual chattering in the head? Like a train whistle, the babble faded into the distance long ago! What do you call a rare thought of smoking? Just spam, that's all. Delete." .......
from my Gold post in July 07..
So, yes, I have fleeting thoughts about smoking, in that I am aware of how long I have been quit and how relieved and happy I am that I did quit. Actually, if I choose to, I suppose I could force myself to think
about having been quit
all day long, or not even bring it to mind at all. But
, this is what is
important for current smokers or newbies to hear - Do I still crave
cigarettes? No,no, no
, because there is no need to top off my nicotine levels because I am not in physical withdrawal and haven't been since the first week I quit smoking. No,no,no
because most of any triggers and temptations for me have been faced as an ex-smoker. (such as getting in my car, or morning coffee or after meals, or whatever....) We don't have to face these things repeatedly 'ad nauseum' for our brains to get the message. We are fast learners and healers! And those life-style triggers are not of the 'got-to-have-it-now' CRAVE variety, but of the thought variety. BIG DIFFERENCE
. Hope this helps to ease some of the perceived fears of quitting...it is not as horrible as your addictive mind wants you to believe it is. Quitting is actually liberating! I wouldn't be here today after 39 years of smoking if quitting nicotine was impossible, excruciating or perpetual. This site wouldn't exist if nicotine had the ability to keep us a prisoner for life. I am free and it does
feel good. Food for thought....Is the heroin addict addicted to a method> the needle, or to the drug?...is the alcoholic addicted to the bottle or the liquid inside?....is the person addicted to pornography addicted to the books, videos or computer or to the content he is viewing? Are you addicted to cigarettes, dip or patches, or to the nicotine
in your favoured method of delivery? Addiction is about the substance; the method is merely a way to get it into your body. It is we who, through our chosen way of getting nicotine, form habitual rituals in our addiction to nicotine . It is we who can break the grip of nicotine with education and motivation.
A long answer to the thread question..... no, I don't want
a cigarette ANY
seconds in a day....I don't crave....I don't require....any nicotine in any form!!! Thinking, wanting or craving
are vastly different things.Knowledge has enabled me to value my freedom and my whole being is grateful.
Remembering from whence I came keeps me thankful. Forgetting to remember this is one aspect of comfort. Freedom is priceless!
Thank God I'm Free! You can be too if, for today you abide by the concept, No Nicotine Today, and then repeat tomorrow and then the next day.....
Using my smarts! Healing my parts! for One Year, Two Months, Twenty Seven Days; I've not wasted 51 Days and 22 Hours by smoking, and I have not used 14948 death tubes which would have been $5,638.68. up in smoke.