I wrote the following comment today in the string Reading at other quit smoking sites
. It made me think of this string and how important it is that people have a resource such as ours to put quitting into perspective.
I had an email today from a young woman who had only smoked for a few years, was planning on quitting cold turkey, but who was terrified of quitting because of all of the horror stories she has read about withdrawal symptoms. She sounded pretty convinced that the withdrawals that people experience are so terrible that she would lose her mind.
I am assuming that she has been getting these stories on Internet based quit sites, considering she wrote about all of the horror stories that she "read" as opposed to all of the horror stories that she "heard" about.
Along with a few personal remarks, I sent her back a copy of the original post in this string (Reading at other quit smoking sites
) along with the links.
I don't know whether she reads specifically at Freedom or not, but I suspect a lot of people are just like her, almost crippled with fear from even attempting to quit because of the way quitting is portrayed at most sites. It is tragic that people have such a misperception for it keeps many from even trying to quit, who go on smoking and then developing diseases and conditions that are truly terrifying, experiences pain and agony that are truly horrific, suffering with these maladies for days, weeks, months and sometimes even years and eventually end up losing their lives to the smoking induced conditions.
Withdrawals from quitting, even when they are really worse than normal, are not as bad as the symptoms people experience from getting smoking induced diseases and only last a matter of a few days at most.
To minimize the chance of experiencing real pain and agony over a lifetime is as simple as making and sticking to a personal commitment to never take another puff.