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5:30 AM - Sep 18, 2006 #231

As Joel says above:
In regards to smoking, no matter what you do in your dreams, you will be OK as long as you remember in your waking state to Never Take Another Puff!
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Rickened
Rickened

1:07 AM - Sep 19, 2006 #232

2 nights in a row!
Yet again, I get hit with the smoking dream, just like the previous night, it involved several cigs before realizing my quit status. Thanks for the reminder Sal. Just like the frequency and intensity of cravings during the first week, I am less effected by this dream each time it happens. It's getting easier. In fact, I can handle this dream. Being a smoker was the real nightmare. Be it every night or twice a night, I don't care, because my real world lungs are enjoying fresh air! NTAP!

Rick - Free and Healing for One Month, Seventeen Days, 7 Hours and 1 Minute.
(That's 48 Days!)
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Joannetta
Joannetta

12:34 PM - Sep 19, 2006 #233


Freedom is just the best place ever!


Last night I had a very vivid dream that started from the point that I had already smoked. What an absolutely horrible and frightening feeling. The sense of loss of my quit was unfathomable and the thought of no longer being a part of whyquit.com was emotionally devastating. What an absolutely glorious relief to find out it was only a dream.



Tonight I felt the urge to visit Freedom - I haven't been here in quite some time (even my two year milestone came and went) and lo and behold! One of the first items on the board is a message from Joel about smoking dreams.

I'm off again to continue my blessed and grateful nicotine-free life. I am never complacent and hold on to my quit with all of my life - because it is life itself!
The one thing I just can't do enough is thank Freedom for helping me to reclaim mine!


Cheers in eternal quithood to you all, Joanne

adding to my life for *2 years, 2 months, 1 week, 6 days, 1 hour and 33 minutes. 16101 cigarettes not smoked, saving $7,084.57. Life saved: 7 weeks, 6 days, 21 hours, 45 minutes.
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Rickened
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3:34 AM - Sep 20, 2006 #234

Finally a smoke-mare free night of sleep. I believe that spending time in this thread helped out. Its funny how just as I declared that I could handle them, they go away for a night.

Rick - Free and Healing for One Month, Eighteen Days, 9 Hours and 33 Minutes.
I have saved $200.47 by not smoking 889 cigarettes.
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Joined: 8:00 AM - Jan 16, 2003

3:50 AM - Oct 10, 2006 #235

Smoking dreams still occur for me every now and then and I am always greatly relieved to wake up and realize that I am still an ex-smoker.
The fact that I am over 3 and a half years away from my last puff does not make a dream any more or less meaningful - it is just a dream (YAY!). I am still free.

Sal
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TJKee
TJKee

6:19 AM - Nov 01, 2006 #236

Had my first smoking dream last night ... and what stuck out most to me was the sensation of terror that I had when I looked down and saw the pack of cigarettes in my hand ... I remember feeling angry and flabbergasted at myself! I actually threw the pack at the wall ...

When I woke up this morning ... the sweet smell of fresh air, and the --knowing-- that it was just a bad dream was soooooo wonderful. I am so glad to not be a smoker anymore.

Been kicking my addiction's butt since 9/7/06 ... that means 55 days!
And it gets sweeter and sweeter every day ...
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kleevr
kleevr

10:57 AM - Nov 18, 2006 #237

My father who actually quit cold turkey over 20 years ago still has smoking dreams on rare occasions. My mother tells me that when he has these he actually physcially breaths like he's smoking too. But as consulation, my father also has swimming dreams (virtually every night) where he "breath's and blows" as if he were in a pool doing the freestyle stroke. Taking a big gulping breath, and slowing hissing it out. :)

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Joel
Joel

8:31 PM - Dec 05, 2006 #238


Video and audio versions of this topic
Video Title Dial Up High Speed MP3 Audio Length Created
Dreams of smoking 2.38mb 7.10mb 2.92mb 06:28 11/10/06


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VICKIGOLD2006
VICKIGOLD2006

9:41 PM - Dec 05, 2006 #239

It never ceases to amaze me that everything I need to stay quit is within this site!! I had my first "smoking dream" last night, after 4 months! When I woke up, I thought I needed to go online and read the thread about holiday triggers, because I had just started my Christmas cards last night and that must have been what prompted the dream.

To my amazement, the first thread on the boards today was this thread. I watched the video too. Thank you Joel. It was a nightmare and I know I do NOT want to go back to smoking. Actually, when I think about the dream, I don't remember seeing myself smoking the cigarette, but I do remember the temptation, and then seeing not one but two butts...no wait, now there were three and then half cigarettes...then more. Okay, okay I get it....there is NO SUCH THING AS JUST ONE!! The whole dream experience just knocked my socks off...guess it's the insanity of smoking and I am so grateful that I do not want to smoke and am blessed to have this resource. The videos are great Joel.

Again, the tools are all here and it still amazes me that when I come to WhyQuit and Freedom, I get exactly what I need to stay quit!

VICKI - Free and Healing for Four Months, Two Days, 15 Hours and 27 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 8 Days and 15 Hours, by avoiding the use of 2493 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $563.78.
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Brandon
Brandon

11:25 AM - Dec 18, 2006 #240

I had a bunch of these dreams in the first couple of weeks, then they went away, but I just had another one last night. The dreams are all different except the smoking. Every time it happens exactly the same way. I start smoking, without even realizing it. About halfway through I freak out and realize what I am doing. I feel devastated, and I feel that it is so horribly cruel and unfair because I didn't consciously relapse I accidentally relapsed…then I wake up and the fog clears and I am really happy to be smoke free, but they always shake me up. I really hate them, but it's better than actually smoking.

Brandon - Free and Healing for Two Months, Six Days, 6 Hours and 55 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 7 Days, by avoiding the use of 2019 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $384.61.
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10:17 PM - Jan 06, 2007 #241

From: Joe-D0 (Original Message) Sent: 1/6/2007 6:10 AM

So, after four months of living smoke free, clean and happy as a clam, here comes another smoking dream just to make me upset with myself. I thought these things would pass in time and just disappear from my life but I guess for me it just isn't to be. This particular dream did have a positive side effect, and that is: "what I know today."

In the dream (which I forget the storyline,) I lit a cigarette and took a few drags.

As soon as I awoke I had the absolute realization that I was now entering another seventy-two hours of misery or I will smoke myself into the grave.

My second and almost simultaneous thought was; "although it was a dream, the truth is still the truth." To smoke one is to go out and buy the rest of them, the full regimen that I would need to die; I will not do that.
Coupled with this thought is the second part of the truth which is; "one drag is enough, it opens the door to my addiction and if I refuse to smoke more, I will endure another 72 hours of misery and three days of craves, triggers and me being nasty to others."

Not a pretty picture.
Thank God it was only a dream.
This too shall pass.
NTAP ODAT and TGIF

JoeDo - Free and Healing for Four Months, Twenty One Days, 22 Hours and 41 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 19 Days and 23 Hours, by avoiding the use of 5758 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $1,448.00. (Double that, my wife quit too)
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Jacqui672 Gold
Jacqui672 Gold

1:56 AM - Feb 10, 2007 #242

Too funny! I had a crazy smoking dream last night! I was smoking for a few weeks. It was utterly bizarre! Must be a full moon.

Ten months, one week, five days, 1 hour, 56 minutes and 5 seconds. 12723 cigarettes not smoked, saving $3,499.34. Life saved: 6 weeks, 2 days, 4 hours, 15 minutes.
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ldnicolai
ldnicolai

4:52 AM - Feb 11, 2007 #243

Thanks so much Roger. After I had my dreams/nightmares about smoking and wrote about them I felt much better!
I feel even more confident now that I know the reasons behind the dream! Yay for my lungs healing!!!!


LaDonna. nicotine free for 12d, 17h and 51mins. I've not smoked 191 cigarettes and have saved $57.38. I will enjoy 15h and 55mins more of my life! Thank You Freedom!
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dennyb2
dennyb2

8:22 AM - Feb 11, 2007 #244

Joel starts off this thread informing us:

"The smoking dreams are common if not universal among ex-smokers."

I for one have had many of them thus far in my journey here at Freedom and I agree with one and all they are very vivid and I dare say nightmarish.

However, I believe the smoking dream experienced by those of us who participate in this worldwide community of Freedom From Tobacco IS very different form the rest in one very significant way! We not only wake up feeling the guilt of having smoked, we believe we have lost our privledge to participate here as well.

While still in my dreams, junkie thinking is telling me simply wait 72 hours after you fininsh however many you have smoked in that particular dream and every thing will be just fine. Reminders of active addiction.

This may sound crazy but I actually have come to somewaht enjoy this now infrequent dream for me because now I wake up with a smile on my face knowing it was just a dream and that it can not hurt me. I also believe it is a vivid reminder to stick to your resolve to Never Take Another Puff!

Welcome to all of you in the early stages of your journey here. Read, read and read some more you will find is very good advice. Educate yourself here and enjoy your Freedom! Just one simple rule, No Nicotine Today.

Attitude is everything, keep it positive, move forward and live life to its fullest. NTAP

Denny B - After 38 years - Free and Healing for Ten Months, Sixteen Days, 7 Hours and 20 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 39 Days and 4 Hours, by avoiding the use of 11281 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $2,857.86.
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LadyScorpio1
LadyScorpio1

2:16 AM - May 30, 2007 #245

I'm on day 37 of not smoking and I'm not having using dreams but I am having VERY weird dreams...Just really weird and they have just started in the last week or so...Has anyone experienced these? Is it because of quitting smoking?

Suzanne - Free and Healing for One Month, Seven Days, 21 Hours and 15 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 3 Days and 6 Hours, by avoiding the use of 947 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $256.13.
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jakki8368
jakki8368

5:20 PM - Sep 22, 2007 #246

i have woken this morning after having a 'smokers dream'. i must say that it did un steady me slightly - not so much the fact that i had dreamt of smoking - this forum and website has educated me to the possibility of it happening - but i was amazed at my feelings during the dream.

The way the dream went, i had accepted a cigarette without remembering i dont smoke - this is one of my fears and i find i am constantly thinking of not smoking to prevent this happening.

After lighting the cigarette i walk away from the people i am with - obviously so as not to allow them to see me - and i smoke the cigarette.

By the first puff i realise that i shouldn't be smoking and that i don't want to have the cigarette but i can't stop myself - i tastes awful and it makes me feel dizzy and sick but i carry on - this is obviously showing me how adicted i am to nicotine.

The good thing about this dream is that it has just reinforced the fact that i don't want a cigarette, and has shown me my fears about forgetting i smoked (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) how silly of me!

Any way i am determind to never take another puff so the dream can stay just where it is - as a reminder to me that i am an addict and i have to deal with this adiction one day at a time.


jakki - Free and Healing for Eleven Days, 10 Hours and 47 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 1 Day and 4 Hours, by avoiding the use of 343 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me £85.91.
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RJW118
RJW118

11:14 PM - Nov 08, 2007 #247

Had a bad one the other night on about day 45 or so.

Dream of smoking within a dream of not smoking, dreamed of waking in the not smoking dream, upset that I was smoking in the non smoking dream.

I finally woke up, took a while to sort out out why I was not tearful which I had been in the non smoking dream when I dreamed I lost the quit.

weird, but still free.....
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joeb769
joeb769

1:57 PM - Dec 02, 2007 #248

I'm glad you've set up a forum for sharing info on dreams about smoking. I've had a few of these dreams lately, and like you said, they seemed very real and were unsettling when I woke up. Each time when I woke up, I was just certain I'd been smoking, but it was only in my dream. But when I'm awake, and I realize that I only smoked in my dream, I felt so much better to learn I hadn't blown my quit!

I'm now 10 weeks as a non-smoker. That's 1400 cigarettes avoided and a savings of about $250!
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AbOlivigail
AbOlivigail

3:02 PM - Dec 04, 2007 #249

The smoking dream I had around week 2 was amazing. Not good amazing, but amazing in it's realism. As a previous poster mentioned, I felt worse than awful when I suddenly realized that I was holding a cigarette in my dream, and that I had apparently been smoking it. It took me a few moments to realize that it WAS a dream when I awoke. The great thing is, thanks to that bizarrely realistic dream, I now know exactly how it would feel to "give in" and take a puff.

Jenny - Free and Healing for One Month, Eight Days, 10 Hours and 31 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 2 Days and 16 Hours, by avoiding the use of 769 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $231.00.
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pdquit
pdquit

10:36 AM - Mar 17, 2008 #250

I had a different kind of smoking dream. I had a dream it started to snow and there was a blizzard coming. So I jumped in my truck and headed for the store cause I was out of cigarettes. I was kinda in a panic and I drove like a maniac to get there. I ran into the store and up to the counter and then I stopped and laughed and said "Wait a minute. I dont smoke!!! I turned around and left. I take that as a good sign that I am strong enough and determined enough to make it an NTAP!

PD
quit 24 days and 19 hours ago and I'm feeling great!
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JoeJFree Gold
JoeJFree Gold

7:19 PM - Sep 29, 2008 #251

If you had imagined yourself smoking a cigarette in a dream before you quit it would not have registered. Smoking was an every day occurence.
It is what you did, it was how you lived - dose to dose.
Now, when we show up in our dreams & we are smoking it does not mean we want to smoke a cigarette or use some tobacco, it only means that was a normal activity for quite some time during our lives. Much like conscious thoughts - Dreams cannot harm you. Actions speak louder than words - or thought
More than anything the panic and confusion when waking up after one of these dreams thinking you've relapsed and thrown away your quit is a sign of deep psychological healing. You even believe you're an ex-smoker in your dreams. That is the mindset of a committed ex-smoker. As Joel so correctly states:
In regards to smoking, no matter what you do in your dreams, you will be OK as long as you remember in your waking state to Never Take Another Puff!

Joel
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EtherBunny73
EtherBunny73

9:36 AM - Nov 12, 2008 #252

I had the smoking dream last night.

In my dream, I smoked with a girl that I knew when I first started smoking... Very strange, I hadn't though of her in at least 15-17 years. Hopefully she has quit too.

In the dream I kept thinking "Why am I doing this?" and I kept looking at my hands thinking that they smelled bad.

It's odd how so many of us have this dream.
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ThePanster
ThePanster

12:40 AM - Mar 20, 2009 #253

Freedom...you must be deep in my head!

Like so many, I get this dream a lot. What is so weird is that so many of us are having the same dream--I mean, the same theme and the same horrible feeling about losing our quits. I wonder if the common thread is connected to the other common thread we share--the great education we get here and the focus on the fact that as addicts, we all know that one puff = all.

In past quits, I also had dreams about smoking, so I'm not surprised by them at all--but I am surprised that the theme is always about losing my quit and how horrible that feels emotionally. I remember dreaming before that I felt sad that I'd give up a "friend"--sick to think of that now.

I'm glad for these new dreams. Though vivid and sometimes disturbing, they are a great reminder to me that I've got an education here that has changed the way I'm thinking, apparenlty even into my subsconscious.

Amanda

- Free and Healing for One Month, Twenty Two Days, 22 Hours and 27 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 2 Days and 15 Hours, by oiding the use of 764 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $135.90.
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Renee
Renee

11:21 PM - Aug 18, 2009 #254

Just wanted to say I have had 2 smoking dreams also.....within the 1st month of my quit. They were very strange. Last night I had a wierd dream about an old friend that smoked, she still smoked but I did NOT in the dream. woohoo

Luckily I had read about these smoking dreams HERE and was not suprised or threatened by them Thanks again FREEDOM!
Renee - Free and Healing for One Month, Twelve Days, 21 Hours and 20 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 3 Days and 19 Hours, by avoiding the use of 1097 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $192.36.
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Frogress80
Frogress80

6:25 PM - Jul 11, 2010 #255

I am glad I read that explanation. I must really don't want to smoke, cause i felt awful when i woke up! Thanks
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