The smoking dream

Physical healing of the body and mind
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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Charliecoo
Charliecoo

November 16th, 2001, 7:20 pm #56

Thanks Joel, its so true. I can't believe what a huge difference it makes just knowing what is going on with your body and why. Such a help
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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

November 20th, 2001, 3:42 am #57


I wasn't going to say anything but since this thread found its way to the top I feel compelled to do so. It must be a sign

Joel called yesterday and I immediately had to share with him a very strange dream I'd just experienced. Early in my quit (the first month) I'd had two smoking dreams and during both I'd smoked and was so upset with myself for doing so that I would have thrown myself off the nearest cliff. Thank God we don't have any cliffs around here : )))

I'd gone for well over 2 1/2 years without any smoking dreams when just a couple of nights ago it happened. Yes, I dreamed about smoking a cigarette. I was there, the cigarette was there, I was surrounded by smokers, the room was filled with smoke, I WANTED one, but then - all of the sudden - I immediately decided against it! Believe it or not, even in my dream I simply said NOOOOOOOO !

But in my dream I was still sad because I'd gone a year without "thinking" about smoking a cigarette and it hurt to believe that it would still happen after all this time. I was glad to awake and realize that even my WANT was only a dream For you Newbies, I'm not talking about ****/Glory Week type craves, I'm talking about the simple brief "thought" of wanting to smoke a cigarette.


Anyway, I guess the third dream is a charm (of sorts) because I was so firm in saying no. Being around you guys each day, it's a wonder that it doesn't happen more often but I think it demonstrates just how deep - into the subconscious mind - that our recovery really is.
The comfort is awesome! Be patient with your healing - baby steps,

John : )
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SweetLorraine (Gold)
SweetLorraine (Gold)

November 29th, 2001, 11:38 am #58

Had a smoking dream Monday night - and even having read this thread before was unprepared for the realism and the emotional effect. The dream was very realistic - complete with taste and slightly sore throat. I woke up feeling close to tears that I had blown my quit - calmed down and realised it was only a dream. Yet it left me feeling blue and vulnerable. After a day or two I feel better and more determined than ever not to let nicotine back into my life. Without this site and information that has been here I might have interpreted the dream very differently. So thanks again for being there with the information and cautions before I even needed them. yqf Lorraine

One month, two weeks, three days, 23 hours, 7 minutes and 49 seconds. 499 cigarettes not smoked, saving $159.27. Life saved: 1 day, 17 hours, 35 minutes.
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AMD33 (gold)
AMD33 (gold)

December 1st, 2001, 2:34 am #59

I just had this dream again last night. In my most recent quit before this one (this one being my final quit), I actually had a smoking dream where I turned down cigarettes and felt great about it.

But this quit, which began just under 9 days ago, has been easier than any other quit I've ever had. I've had virtually no cravings and have not thought very much about smoking. I have certainly never felt deprived during this quit. My head has really been in the right place. (Which is amazing since it's taken me 4 months to get it together again enough to really quit since my relapse over the summer)

But having that dream last night, where I was smoking the butts and hiding from everyone (I'd been a closet smoker), made me realize that even though this quit has been easy, it is still so very fragile. It reminded me that I need to recommit every day, and to remember how bad I felt then and how great I feel now, physically, mentally and emotionally. It took me a long time to get here again. And I don't ever want to go back to feeling as awful as I felt before this quit.

Thank you Freedom,
yqs,
AMD33 aka Jessica
One week, one day, 20 hours, 7 minutes and 31 seconds. 88 cigarettes not smoked, saving $23.64. Life saved: 7 hours, 20 minutes.
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Big Al (Gold)
Big Al (Gold)

December 3rd, 2001, 1:01 am #60

Even after over a year being smoke free, I have had the smoking dream two nights running now. They can be disturbing yes, but it is SO nice to wake up and realize it was ONLY a dream and that I was still smoke free....and will remain so.

My name is Al, I am an addict. I will be until my death. But I will be a recovering addict. And I will NOT go back to my addiction, no matter how powerfully realistic the dream might be. The reality is so much nicer 

Be well my friends..may the blessings of this season follow you all year long.

Al....Smoke free one year, two months, two weeks, six days, 5 hours, 32 minutes and 24 seconds. 17,849 cigarettes not smoked, saving $3,168.53. My life expectancy has been extended 8 weeks, 5 days, 23 hours, 25 minutes as a result of not smoking.
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Shelley (Bronze)
Shelley (Bronze)

December 3rd, 2001, 4:02 am #61

Hi Joel and Everyone! WOW-I can't believe I never saw this thread earlier. My first dream was exactly a week into my Quit. Yes, I woke up crying...very emotional, so upset with myself, fear was a strong feeling. I thought I was losing my mind! I posted right away and had several reply, only to learn, I am not alone. I am not afraid now of the next dream. I feel now it is my own body and nature's reminder of what comes next if you ever choose to take that puff! And that feeling does linger sometime after the dream.
Thanks again for everyone's input to this thread!
Hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday!
~Shelley
1 Week & 6 Days, Enjoying the NEW ME--SMOKE FREE!
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marty (gold)
marty (gold)

December 7th, 2001, 6:52 pm #62

I just love this thread --- always makes me smile. Last night I had yet another variation on the dream.

I dreamed that I smoked a cigarette, and in the dream I was telling myself that I probably thought this was one of those smoking dreams, but actually this time it was the real thing. I argued with myself, telling myself I was a GOLD quitter so of course I wouldn't take a puff, therefore this had to be a dream. I lost the argument !!! I was just preparing my post to Freedom as a new newbie when I woke up.

I lay there for several seconds feeling deeply depressed (as I usually do after one of these dreams) then I burst out laughing when the truth sank in (as I usually do). Boy oh boy, my brain has a lot to answer for !!!!!

Marty
NOT A PUFF FOR one year, 6 days : 6690 cigs not smoked : 3 weeks 2 days added to my life
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ThreecrowsGold
ThreecrowsGold

December 8th, 2001, 1:31 am #63

Funny you should mention smoking dreams...Had one the other night. Before this I had had only one other in which I kicked butt! I kicked everyone out of my house who was smoking in the first dream. Felt good about it. However, the dream the other night was about me smoking in my bedroom! I have not smoked a cig in my house for over 20 years so how come I was smoking in my bedroom. I remember that I was sneaking it and that I put the cig out on my carpet next to my bed because I heard my husband coming down the hall...When I woke in the morning I actually looked to the spot I put the nasty thing out in my dream.

I am programming myself not to have any more dreams where I smoke! I don't want to smoke anymore, even in my dreams.

Threecrows, 5 months 3 days
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knowbutts (Gold)
knowbutts (Gold)

December 15th, 2001, 10:57 am #64

My thanks to all the people who recommended this thread to me. I feel much better about the dream I had and now that I see how universal the experience is and where it comes from I won't fear it anymore.
What I really like is thinking about the cilia hard at work again. I t makes me want to take a deep breath and laugh!
I am so lucky to have found freedom.

kb
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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

January 4th, 2002, 7:19 pm #65


If you haven't had it already, it's probably coming - one of the most vivid dreams you've ever had. In the 2 1/2 years of my quit I've had three smoking dreams myself and the first two (both in the first couple of months) scared the heck out of me. I was sooooooo mad at myself as I'd experienced two dream relapses and I hated me at the time for having been so weak! The third dream was just recently was different. In my last dream when offered a cigarette I simply and firmly said NO and it felt good!! As Joel points out such dreams are normal and can be a wonderful sign of intense physical healing. Don't be alarmed.

Breathe deep, hug hard, live long,

John
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