The smoking dream

Physical healing of the body and mind
LadyJen22
LadyJen22

March 23rd, 2001, 10:19 pm #31

That dream thing is just too funny. I have only actually had one dream since I quit, and I was just casually smoking in it. Then I woke up, in the middle of the night, and actually sat upright in bed. I was so scared and angry at myself! I thought I had blown it! lol
I remembered it was a dream, sighed a HUGE sigh of relief and went back to bed. I called my mom the next day and told her about it. (She has been quit for 2 1/2 years). I told her how guilty I felt about even having the dream. She laughed at me and told me I should have enjoyed it, because in my dreams is the only place where I will be smoking from now on!!!
Great Post Joel (as usual!!)
Thanks,
Jen

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breathless
breathless

March 27th, 2001, 11:47 pm #32

Ahhh the smoking dream - I have not sent a message in quite some time. I am still smoke free and feeling better every day. Sometimes my surviving grace is the fact that I do dream of smoking. Just wanted to share and tell everyone - it actually will get easier. Keep smiling - breathing , dancing , walking, breathting, etc. Always, Monica
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duncan
duncan

April 15th, 2001, 2:45 pm #33

Thank you for this article Joel - I woke today with having had my first smoking dream last night - how weird that was - I even dreamed of having to explain to the family at Freedom - very bizarre - Thanks Mate -
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paula
paula

April 16th, 2001, 12:14 pm #34

Wow, this is amazing reading! Next time I have that dream, I'll know better! I too, woke up feeling freaked out that I had smoked and then, what a rush of relief to see that I'd been dreaming. The guilt is actually quite wonderful now. It has helped to re affirm my intention: to never take another puff! Thanks Joel for the explanation about the cillia also. This has been almost a daily scene for me ...coughing and spitting, Guess it's a good thing but sometimes my lungs feel heavy as if I smoked a bunch and I know I havn't so I'll feel more positive about recovery now. Thank YOU! Paula 36 days without a puff.
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mals
mals

April 18th, 2001, 12:08 am #35

I had my first smoking dream since I quit (2 weeks and 1 day ago!). I dreamt that I found a pack of cigarettes in my purse - it had 4 Marlboro light cigraeetes. They are slightly crumpled but not broken. I touched them in my dream and thought that I cld smoke all 4 an dno one wld ever know. I was still debating what to do and how to do it when I woke up. That was fairly scary - knowing that if it were real, I wld have probably smoked them. Glad to know it was a dream but disappointed in even getting tempted.

Mal
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topacz (Bronze )
topacz (Bronze )

April 24th, 2001, 9:13 pm #36

Great article Joel, I was just wondering about that dream thing-
In my last dream I had bought a pack and started smoking, and kept trying to crumple the pack up, and was just wondering how I could explain this relapse to all of you. Thank goodness I'm Catholic-who says guilt is a bad thing???
TOPACZ
1 month 5 days!
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spunkyangel ( GREEN )
spunkyangel ( GREEN )

April 24th, 2001, 10:56 pm #37

Hi Joel: This is Spunkyangel and I am new here.

Regarding the smoke taste in the month, I brush my teeth and tougne every morning and evening. I also chew a lot of gum , peppermint, because I love it.

But I have a question, How do you get rid of the smell of smoke in your clothes, and hair and skin. I have been taking alot of baths but I still smell it.

It is making me sick. When ever I am aroung people who smoke it makes me sick, will I ev er get over this? When will I really begin to enjoy food. I am 51 years old and want to make my 50 wedding Annversity . We just had our 31 last month. but I am was wondering that maybe my bud tasters are too old and and too much smoking that maybe I will never be able to taste food again,

Please help me:

2 weeks and 5 days smoke free and NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF is drill in my brain.

cheers & hugs
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history
history

May 8th, 2001, 10:50 am #38

Hello Freedom Friends,
I too experienced the smoking dream late last month and I was very disturbed by it.
I don't remember the dream itself, but I will never forget the horrifying thought,
"Did I smoke!?"
My body had that old familiar feeling of being fed nicotine and there was a calming effect, an almost satisfying feeling, as though I just had a cigarette.
I hated it.
I felt violated.
Another scary thing too was that I found a book of matches on the floor in my hallway. I wondered, "Did I drop that there!?" But then, thankfully I remembered. I saw them there before I went to bed and I deliberately left them there to see how long they will stay there until my husband picked them up. Afterall, I don't smoke, they weren't mine.
Anyway, I know I didn't smoke.
I've worked too hard, prayed real hard, and I am fighting too hard to give up now, even in my dreams.
I'm still thankfully free and taking care of My Quit one day at a time.
Looking good and feeling great
@
Six months, two weeks, one day, 18 hours, 34 minutes and 59 seconds. 4944 cigarettes not smoked, saving $1,174.28. Life saved: 2 weeks, 3 days, 4 hours, 0 minutes.
Thank you Freedom Friends
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AddictedtoEverything
AddictedtoEverything

May 9th, 2001, 3:53 am #39

I must be odd....approaching three months and just started having smoking dreams. In fact, I was drinking and smoking in several of my recent dreams, and I quit drinking five years ago. I guess I must equate smoking with drinking. If I am going to regress.....at least in my dreams...it is going to be all of the way. LOL Mary P.S. The dreams did not disturb me....just found them interesting (especially drinking along with the cigs)
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dalpine
dalpine

July 2nd, 2001, 5:54 am #40

Thank you Joel for the information on smoking dreams. I quit two months ago and started having nightly smoking dreams a couple weeks ago. I interpreted the dreams as subconscious yearnings to smoke. Your explanations relating fear and physiological influences made sense and have helped take the edge off my uneasiness. I must say. however, that my smoking dreams have really sucked. They are so real that I often experience withdrawl symptoms the following day. After two months cold turkey, I'm actually having some of my hardest moments as a result of these dreams. Your insight and advice just gave me the kick I needed to maintain my resolve.
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Joel
Joel

July 4th, 2001, 9:43 am #41

For Kona Del:

This piece covers some of the explanation of cilia regeneration and possible side effects, specifically coughing and bringing up tastes and smell of tobacco tar.
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Hal(Gold)
Hal(Gold)

July 19th, 2001, 6:18 am #42

I responded to this thread because I had the smoking dream last night.
I have had them before in my early quit, but I am almost
8 months smober, and after all this time it really surprised me.
I smoked about 3 cigarettes in my dream, and of course I felt terrible.
After all this time I even felt bad in my dream that I would be so stupid.
I did have all the tastes and sensations of smoking and it really surprised me that it was so vivid and real.
Needless to say when I finally realized it was a dream I was much relieved.
Thank you Freedom, for giving me the wisdom and the motivation to
NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF
HAL @Seven months, two weeks, six days, 3 hours, 23 minutes and 43 seconds. 9285 cigarettes not smoked, saving $1,160.50. Life saved: 4 weeks, 4 days, 5 hours, 45 minutes.
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Germaine GOLD
Germaine GOLD

August 22nd, 2001, 11:25 pm #43

Today is day nine and last night I had my first smoking dream. I have not been sleeping well lately so I had some wine last night before bed . Well did I have a dream ,only it wasn't me smoking it was my husband . We have never smoked in our house but in my dream there he was lighting up in our house . Well I stood there yelling and swearing at him and I don't swear or yell as a rule . I was so loud I woke myself up and him . Yes I did have a cold sweat and I was angry with him for smoking in the house even though I knew I was dreaming. I have not pressured my hubby to quit and will not unless he is ready like I was but do you think maybe I have a subconsiencous problem with him smoking ? If only we knew what we were thinking in our dreams. Anyway I love this site the information is a life saver and I am glad to be here. Thanx, Germaine.

Quit date August 13th 12am.
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zoo
zoo

September 5th, 2001, 11:58 pm #44

I remember in a past quit I started smoking after a smoking dream. It was a stupid thing to do. Was probably an excuse to relapse. Junkie thinking had me convinced I would have these dreams all the time if I didn't smoke. I too smart for that now thanks to freedom.NVER ANOTHER PUFF.

,zoo
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I win (GOLD)
I win (GOLD)

September 6th, 2001, 10:00 pm #45

Dreams and throat drainage are driving me nuts!!! My cilia have definitely been working overtime since day 1 of my quit and they're still going strong dumping 36 years of nicopoison out my throat! Had another dream last night where I was smoking like crazy...I was so RELIEVED when I woke up and realized it was a dream and I would not have to go through the 72 hours again.. Soooooooo, I've decided to try something drastic...tonight before I go to bed I'm going to eat something really weird ... like Dill Pickles and Chocolate...hopefully that will change the taste in my throat and confuse my subconscious into dreaming about something besides sickarettes!!! Will let you know if it works!, Patty One month, three weeks, six days, 7 hours, 3 minutes and 53 seconds. 2331 cigarettes not smoked, saving $408.06. Life saved: 1 week, 1 day, 2 hours, 15 minutes.
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pedrake
pedrake

October 18th, 2001, 1:00 am #46

I had a very vivid smoking dream on the second night of my quit. Even though I didn't smoke them, I kept finding that I had a cigarette in my hand. I didn't know how they got there and I couldn't get rid of them. I remember thinking that someone was trying to sabotage me! I was so glad when I woke up and realized I was dreaming!

pat, I have chosen not to smoke for 2 Weeks 6 Days 16 Hours 45 Minutes 33 Seconds. Cigarettes not smoked: 413. Money saved: $77.62.
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marty (gold)
marty (gold)

October 22nd, 2001, 4:08 am #47

I just had to bring this up for Diana on her BRONZE day !!!

Two nights ago I had a new variation of the smoking dream. In my dream, I dreamed that I had just woken up from a dream in which I was smoking (just try and stay with me, guys). So in my dream, I was saying to myself "Oh yeah, it's that smoking dream again, so I didn't really smoke. Phewww." Then suddenly, in my dream, I realised I was dreaming, and I thought to myself "If I'm dreaming that I've been dreaming, does that mean that actually I did have that cigarette" (yeah, I know guys, but just stay with me for a few more seconds). And in my dream I became convinced that I had actually smoked, and I was wondering whether one cigarette constituted a total relapse, when.... I woke up.

I then proceeded to wake up my wife because I just burst out laughing.

Guys, this is absolutely true, this is just as it happened. I have an appointment with a brain surgeon tomorrow
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Dionne (gold)
Dionne (gold)

October 22nd, 2001, 5:13 am #48

Jeez Joel, why did I just have a smoking dream when I've been quit for over one year? I have been feeling pretty 'cooler than thou' for a bit and couldn't believe when I dreamed the other night that 'no matter how long' we are not safe! I hated it in the dream that I was smoking but just lay back and said, "Okay, I'll just quit again". Then it got real quiet and the dream ended. I hate these! I know it means not to be so 'smarty pants' about being a non'smoker, as something could happen anytime. It sure makes me feel vulnerable,
and humble.
Dionne
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Joel
Joel

October 22nd, 2001, 6:58 am #49

Hello Dionne:
Don't fret the fact that you still get the dream. Most of my panelists and other clinic graduates will talk about having the dream sporadically, sometimes decades after their quits. It is not frequent, maybe only once ever couple of years sometimes, but it does happen. Always understand, the dream does not make you vulnerable of relapse--only administering nicotine while in a waking state can do that. The dream does serve to remind ex-smokers how much they really don't want to smoke and in some ways it makes it a good thing, as annoying as it may seem. So stay focused to stay free from nicotine only entails during your times of being awake that you can never take another puff!
Joel


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Joanne Gold
Joanne Gold

October 22nd, 2001, 9:33 pm #50

Hi Dionne, just this morning I wrote Joel a little note about a smoking dream I had over the weekend. He alerted me to your post here. Here I am two years and eight months quit, and dreaming away. The dream in no way threatens our quits, as you said, they keep us humble. The guilt in my dream was terrible though, gee, was I afraid everyone would find out I was sneaking cigarettes. I remembered being afraid of getting sick and wondering if I'd ever really be able to quit again. It was scary. Yikes. I woke up glad to be free and in no way did I feel vulnerable for a relapse. Just very happy to be free.

Anyway, it doesn't happen often but we are never prone to smoking dreams. As Joel says, the only way to stay free - NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF !

Joanne
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S Sweet
S Sweet

October 24th, 2001, 2:54 am #51

just to add to the club... i just had a whole slew of smoking dreams myself... here it is a year quit... probably 6 months since my last smoking dream .. and i am chain smoking away in my dreams all week. thank goodness IT'S JUST A DREAM!
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Toast (GOLD )
Toast (GOLD )

November 12th, 2001, 8:44 pm #52

Just wanted to bring this one to the top - for myself! Two nights in a row I've dreamed of smoking, so I know my lungs are healing away! Haven't had a smoking dream in a few weeks. While I know the why's when I'm awake, it still catches me off-guard in my sleep. Last night, it was that I'd smoked 9 in one day and was feeling mighty bummed to have to go through **** Week again. And why not?!

Melissa

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Joel
Joel

November 12th, 2001, 9:02 pm #53

Hello Melissa:

The real thing a person has to be bummed about in a relapse situation is not that they have to go through a **** week again, it is that they may not have the strength, desire or opportunity to go through quitting again before smoking cripples or kills them. You never want to minimize this concept.

There are so many people who die each day that at one time had a long-term quit blown and just figured they would quit again one day and never did get the chance to pull it off. So whenever you wake up traumatized by the dream, really examine how happy you are not to have actually relapsed and not having to face quitting and worse yet, not having to face smoking again. To never have to deal with either issue again just make sure in your waking state to know that you must never take another puff!

Joel
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Toast (GOLD )
Toast (GOLD )

November 13th, 2001, 7:55 am #54

Hey Joel,

Thanks for your thoughtful reply! I can't emphasize how unhappy, bummed, disheartened I was in my dream to realize I'd blown my quit (in my dream). You are right too in that in the dream, I was wondering why bother quit again as much as trying to figure out how I could have forgotten and also kicking myself. Felt very much like the dreams I had while pregnant where I'd leave the baby on top of the car and drive off, etc. Definitely wakes a body up in a lather! LOL!

I've been having many dreams lately of unexpressed (while awake) and mostly irrational fears (a non-quit-smoking related process), so I know part of the reappearance of smoking dreams is a fear that I'll blow my quit. I REALLY don't want to go back to smoking ever, so it means that much more. Early in my quit, it bothered me a bit that I didn't at least enjoy the cigarettes in my dreams. But now, both minds are in agreement - cigarettes are the same beasts waking or sleeping. None for me any time!

Thanks again!
Melissa

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Joel
Joel

November 16th, 2001, 6:07 pm #55

For Charlie:

I think the dream really worked in your favor here. So many times you hear people who are bummed out by the fact that they dreamt about a cigarette. But really the dream should help to make you realize how precious your quit is to you, for when you for that quick instant think you lost a quit when first waking up it gives you an appreciation of just how bad you would feel if it were to actually happen. This then should help you celebrate your decision to initially quit and then to have stayed off for another day. To keep having reasons to celebrate day by day now just always remember while in a waking state to never take another puff!

Joel
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