Well, at least I attempted to quit.

Well, at least I attempted to quit.

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15 Nov 2000, 01:46 #1

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"Well, at least I attempted to quit.
That is better than not trying at all."


This comment was stated by a clinic participant who, after five days of not smoking, gave in to an urge and took a cigarette. It was only going to be one cigarette, he thought. But by the end of the day, he was up to his old level. So what about his logic that at least trying to quit smoking is better than not trying at all?

If this was his first attempt, it could be said that it was a learning experience. Maybe he just didn't understand the concept of addiction. He did not believe one cigarette could reestablish a physical dependency on nicotine. After taking one cigarette, he lost all control. So now, if he would ever quit again, he would not question the concept of one cigarette causing a total relapse.

But this was not his first attempt quitting. It was his second time in our clinic, as well as multiple previous attempts at other programs, hypnosis and on his own. He once quit for two months before relapsing. At that time he broke all physical dependency on nicotine. Also, after two months he successfully overcame many trigger situations which cause many smokers to initially relapse. Work pressures, family problems, and social situations are obstacles that all ex-smokers initially face when quitting. He overcame all of these trigger situations. But then, one day, out of sheer boredom, he took a cigarette. In that attempt, too, he relapsed right back to his old level. Obviously, taking that cigarette was a serious mistake.

This attempt, too, he chalked up to experience. But when considering his latter attempts, it is apparent that he learned nothing. Unless he objectively evaluates what causes his relapses to smoking, he is wasting his time trying to quit again. Because instead of recognizing his past attempts as failures, he rationalizes a positive feeling of accomplishment about them. This type of rationalization all but assures failures in all future attempts.

Don't allow yourself to get into the same rut as this man did. On again, off again, one withdrawal after another. Quitting smoking is only the first step in smoking cessation. If you wish to make the attempt a permanent solution to your smoking addiction, stop cold turkey and - NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF!


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01 Jan 2001, 22:23 #2

With a number of newbies starting today, and we suspect a lot more lurking at the site, I thought it would be good to bring up some articles on the early quitting process and what it takes to make this quit different that any of your past ones. The past ones didn't work if you are needing to quit again. Sure you may have had a little time under your belt at one time or another, maybe a few hours, days, weeks, years or decades. But the bottom line is, no longer how long you had quit in the past, it didn't last if you need to quit again. While the time period of these quits were varied, and the circumstances surrounding the relapse may have been different from others, the reason for the relapse were the same for all here. The reason is that the ex-smoker administered nicotine in one form or another again. The exact same thing will happen this time if you let it. But this time can be different, the quit that lasts fowever if you so choose as long as you understand and keep in practice the bottom line of nicotine addiction control--the concept of to stay successfully smoke free--never take another puff!

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02 Jan 2001, 02:55 #3

..and for Jeff, Lorrie and Sadie
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19 May 2001, 00:09 #4

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21 May 2001, 02:25 #5

i think this needs brot up again since we have had some problem here with some relapsing over and over again. it is hard to quit - we've all been there - but cold turkey is cold turkey - you either do it or you don't.

anne

One month, two weeks, five days, 13 hours, 1 minute and 38 seconds. 707 cigarettes not smoked, saving $123.73. Life saved: 2 days, 10 hours, 55 minutes.
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01 Jan 2002, 18:38 #11

Many people have walked away from past unsuccessful New Year attempts with the attitude, "Well at least I attempted to quit." Well think back to those past attempts. If you tried to quit 30 years ago on New Year's day and failed, how valuable was that attempt really to you?

You have likely still spent tens of thousands of dollars on nicotine, destroyed a significant amount of lung issue, increased your risk of having developed many horrendous diseases, and have put up with a slew of other problems even though you attempted to quit. But in one way you are better off than those who tried to quit 30 years ago, failed, and in the interim time have period died prematurely from tobacco useage. For them it is an even more clear cut case of a wasted attempt to save their lives.

Quitting is in a true sense an effort to save your health and your life. That effort will only work if quitting is more than just an attempt, it has to be a focused effort where you have to put a 100% commitment to getting off smoking and then reinforcing your resolve for a day at a time for the rest of your life to never take another puff!

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01 May 2002, 19:36 #14

While many people get excited about thinking of quitting or trying to quit it should be noted that these two states in themselves will not save lung tissue, your health or likely your life. Some smokers spend years and decades thinking about quitting or failing at quitting. When a person cuts himself or herself back to one a day in the intent to control the addiction, he or she is still no closer to quitting than the day he or she started the process. He or she is still in the grip of an active nicotine addiction and physiological need. Admitting the addiction and treating the addiction requires a 100% commitment to never put nicotine into one's body again. So don't be excited about having attempted to quit--be excited, be overjoyed, be proud and be happy that you have quit--and to keep all of the real psychological, social, economic and most important of all physical benefits, stay excited by the fact that you are totally committed to never take another puff!

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24 Jul 2002, 20:17 #16

From: Joel. Sent: 5/1/2002 6:36 AM
While many people get excited about thinking of quitting or trying to quit it should be noted that these two states in themselves will not save lung tissue, your health or likely your life. Some smokers spend years and decades thinking about quitting or failing at quitting. When a person cuts himself or herself back to one a day in the intent to control the addiction, he or she is still no closer to quitting than the day he or she started the process. He or she is still in the grip of an active nicotine addiction and physiological need. Admitting the addiction and treating the addiction requires a 100% commitment to never put nicotine into one's body again. So don't be excited about having attempted to quit--be excited, be overjoyed, be proud and be happy that you have quit--and to keep all of the real psychological, social, economic and most important of all physical benefits, stay excited by the fact that you are totally committed to never take another puff!

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26 Aug 2002, 01:20 #17

Quitting smoking is only the first step in smoking cessation. If you wish to make the attempt a permanent solution to your smoking addiction, stop cold turkey and - NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF!
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22 Nov 2002, 12:33 #21

When a person cuts himself or herself back to one a day, or just find a new route of delivering nicotine into his or her body in the intent to control the addiction, he or she is still no closer to quitting than the day he or she started the process. He or she is still in the grip of an active nicotine addiction and physiological need. Admitting the addiction and treating the addiction requires a 100% commitment to never put nicotine into one's body again. So don't be excited about having attempted to quit--be excited, be overjoyed, be proud and be happy that you have quit--and to keep all of the real psychological, social, economic and most important of all physical benefits, stay excited by the fact that you are totally committed to never take another puff!
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03 Feb 2003, 23:18 #23

From: Joel. Sent: 5/1/2002 6:36 AM
While many people get excited about thinking of quitting or trying to quit it should be noted that these two states in themselves will not save lung tissue, your health or likely your life. Some smokers spend years and decades thinking about quitting or failing at quitting. When a person cuts himself or herself back to one a day in the intent to control the addiction, he or she is still no closer to quitting than the day he or she started the process. He or she is still in the grip of an active nicotine addiction and physiological need. Admitting the addiction and treating the addiction requires a 100% commitment to never put nicotine into one's body again. So don't be excited about having attempted to quit--be excited, be overjoyed, be proud and be happy that you have quit--and to keep all of the real psychological, social, economic and most important of all physical benefits, stay excited by the fact that you are totally committed to never take another puff!

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04 Feb 2003, 03:34 #24

For Angela:

I just brought this one up this morning but I think in lieu of some who show up to your group it would not hurt for you to read it again.
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06 Feb 2003, 08:47 #25

Thanks Joel,
That has been my one constant dilemna about the group. The teacher I have now in group gives encouragement for at least trying to quit and becoming the person they want to be by trying but I now know that I can never take another puff. I've been saving info to print for the class and I will use both of these. I want to lead this class well with the knowledge that it is the individuals choice that matters and that excuses are excuses and 100% cold turkey is the only way. Is saying it over and over enough? I want them to come back to class even if they ****-up so they can stop again but I don't want it to be over and over like the guy in your class. Any additional advice would be helpful.
Thanks,
Angela
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