What should I call myself?

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August 9th, 2005, 12:03 am #51

Very comfortable EX smoker
Linda 5 and a half years free
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January 18th, 2006, 11:28 am #52

......for Sheila and Melissa
A very interesting article.
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March 12th, 2006, 6:15 am #53

I am proud to say "I am an ex-smoker".

Sometimes it gives me the opportunity to lead a smoker to the treasure trove of truth,information, and hope that awaits at www.whyquit.com and Freedom!

Never take another puff.

Sal
3+ years free, healing, and celebrating
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March 29th, 2006, 4:19 am #54


The Law of Addiction
Administration of a drug to an addict will cause reestablishment of chemical dependence upon the addictive substance.
Never-smokers do not live with an arrested dependency upon nicotine.
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April 14th, 2006, 6:34 pm #55

for Cathy
... still a very proud
but also now
a very comfortable EX smoker


Gitte
504 days and a bit
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April 14th, 2006, 7:32 pm #56

Wonder what drew me to this post ?
It is a help, just what i was looking for
Thanks to Gitte for raising this post
I have been quit for 1 Month, 6 Days, 12 hours, 33 minutes and 58 seconds (37 days). I have saved £155.72 by not smoking 750 cigarettes. I have saved 2 Days, 14 hours and 30 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 08/03/2006 00:00
Cathy
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June 23rd, 2006, 6:23 pm #57

Ex vs. Non

I recall that the thought of not calling myself a non-smoker went against the grain the first time I read this Joel letter but then it slowly bit into me that a big part of my insurance against relapse was in always remembering where I came from and that I'm different from the never-smoker. Some of the lessons here may seem to go against the smoker's dreams but I think you'll find that they're all pretty much consistent staying a comfortable ex-smoker for life! Only one rule, no nicotine today! John (From Message 69 previous)
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June 26th, 2006, 8:02 am #58

You are an ex-smoker who is adjusting to living without nicotine and whose body and brain are healing.
Now THAT is something to be proud of, and to celebrate!
Never take another puff!
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July 17th, 2006, 12:50 am #59

Never ever forget that you are an EX smoker, because the day you do, you quit could be in jeopardy.

There is no shame in being called an ex smoker. Being an ex smoker is the proudest accomplishment in my life and has brought me great joy. Always keep your resolve and always remember your reasons for quitting and it will be the same for you.

Linda
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July 17th, 2006, 1:12 am #60

For me, I am realizing that my addiction never really had anything to do with being a "smoker" but had everything to do with being a nicotine addict. I tell people that I quit feeding my nicotine addiction or that I am a recovering nicotine addict.

Recovering heroin addicts don't call themselves "ex-needlers".
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August 14th, 2006, 7:08 pm #61

Never ever forget that you are an EX smoker, because the day you do, you quit could be in jeopardy.

There is no shame in being called an ex smoker. Being an ex smoker is the proudest accomplishment in my life and has brought me great joy. Always keep your resolve and always remember your reasons for quitting and it will be the same for you.

Linda
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December 9th, 2006, 1:13 pm #62

Ex vs. Non

I recall that the thought of not calling myself a non-smoker went against the grain the first time I read this Joel letter but then it slowly bit into me that a big part of my insurance against relapse was in always remembering where I came from and that I'm different from the never-smoker. Some of the lessons here may seem to go against the smoker's dreams but I think you'll find that they're all pretty much consistent staying a comfortable ex-smoker for life! Only one rule, no nicotine today! John (From Message 69 previous)
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January 14th, 2007, 3:02 am #63

For jtaft.
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January 31st, 2007, 9:04 am #64

Never ever forget that you are an EX smoker, because the day you do, your quit could be in jeopardy.

There is no shame in being called an ex smoker. Being an ex smoker is the proudest accomplishment in my life and has brought me great joy. Always keep your resolve and always remember your reasons for quitting and it will be the same for you.

Linda
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February 15th, 2007, 8:52 am #65

Be proud to say "I am an ex-smoker".
It can give you the opportunity to lead a smoker to the treasure trove of truth,information, and hope that awaits at www.whyquit.com and Freedom!
Never take another puff!
Sal
4 years free
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February 23rd, 2007, 5:06 am #66

John posted these reports under one of our Law of Addiction strings. They also fit into this string quite well:
From: John (Gold) Sent: 2/22/2007 2:36 PM
Smoking changes brain
the same way as drugs: study
Reuters, Tuesday, February 20, 2007
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Smoking causes long-lasting changes in the brain similar to changes seen in animals when they are given cocaine, heroin and other addictive drugs, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.

A study of the brain tissue of smokers and nonsmokers who had died showed that smokers had the changes, even if they had quit years before, the team at the National Institute on Drug Abuse reported.

"The data show that there are long-lasting chemical changes in the brains of humans," said Michael Kuhar of Emory University in Atlanta, who was not involved in the study.

"The chemical changes alone suggest a physiological basis for nicotine addiction."

A team led by Bruce Hope of NIDA, one of the National Institutes of Health, analyzed levels of two enzymes found inside brain cells known as neurons.

These enzymes help the neurons use chemical signals such as those made by the message-carrying compound dopamine.

Smokers and former smokers had high levels of these enzymes, the researchers reported in the Journal of Neuroscience.

Hope said other studies had seen the same thing in animals given cocaine and heroin -- and it was clear that the drugs were causing the effects.

"This strongly suggests that the similar changes observed in smokers and former smokers contributed to their addiction," he added in a statement.

Experts on smoking have long said that nicotine is at least as addictive as heroin.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 20.9 percent of all adults smoke in the United States, which adds up to 45 million people. And 23 percent of high school students smoke.
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http://today.reuters.com/news/articlene ... health1100

© Reuters 2007. All Rights Reserved.


Brain Changes Persist
Long After Smokers Quit
Washington Post/HealthDay News - Tuesday, February 20, 2007

TUESDAY, Feb. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking produces long-lasting changes in the brains of smokers and former smokers alike, a new study suggests.

For the study, which is published in the Feb. 21 issue ofThe Journal of Neuroscience, researchers from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) examined eight samples of human brain tissue from each of three groups: long-term smokers who smoked until death, previous long-term smokers, and nonsmokers. The samples were taken from the nucleus accumbens and the ventral midbrain, two brain regions that play a part in controlling addiction-related behaviors.

All of the participants had died of causes not related to smoking.

The researchers analyzed levels of two specific enzymes found inside brain cells that have been associated with addictive-related behaviors in animals exposed to cocaine, heroin and other illicit drugs.

Levels of these enzymes were elevated in smokers and, more interestingly, former smokers, compared with nonsmokers.

According to lead author Bruce Hope, of NIDA, these findings suggest that the brain changes persist long after smoking has ceased and could contribute to future drug relapse.

"The parallel between the new study and the animal studies is important, because a causal role has been shown in animal studies between increased levels of these neuronal signaling enzymes in these brain regions and addiction-related behaviors. This strongly suggests that the similar changes observed in smokers and former smokers contributed to their addiction," Hope said in a prepared statement.

Hope pointed out that although his findings support previous research, it is not yet clear that these biochemical changes actually cause addiction-related behaviors.

More information

The National Institute on Drug Abuse has more about nicotine addiction.

SOURCE: Society for Neuroscience, news release, Feb. 20, 2007

http://www.washingtonpost.com/...






Long-Term Upregulation of Protein Kinase A and Adenylate Cyclase Levels in Human Smokers

The Journal of Neuroscience, February 21, 2007, 27(8): pages 1964-1972


Bruce T. Hope, Deepti Nagarkar, Sherry Leonard, and Roy A. Wise

Behavioral Neuroscience Branch, Intramural Research Program/National Institute on Drug Abuse/National Institutes of Health/Department of Health and Human Services, Baltimore, Maryland 21224, and 2Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center, Aurora, Colorado 80045

Repeated injections of cocaine and morphine in laboratory rats cause a variety of molecular neuroadaptations in the cAMP signaling pathway in nucleus accumbens and ventral tegmental area. Here we report similar neuroadaptations in postmortem tissue from the brains of human smokers and former smokers. Activity levels of two major components of cAMP signaling, cAMP-dependent protein kinase A (PKA) and adenylate cyclase, were abnormally elevated in nucleus accumbens of smokers and in ventral midbrain dopaminergic region of both smokers and former smokers.
Protein levels of the catalytic subunit of PKA were correspondingly higher in the ventral midbrain dopaminergic region of both smokers and former smokers. Protein levels of other candidate neuroadaptations, including glutamate receptor subunits, tyrosine hydroxylase, and other protein kinases, were within normal range.
These findings extend our understanding of addiction-related neuroadaptations of cAMP signaling to tobacco smoking in human subjects and suggest that smoking-induced brain neuroadaptations can persist for significant periods in former smokers.

Key words: cAMP; nicotine; nucleus accumbens; addiction; neuroadaptations; PKA

Received Aug. 23, 2006; revised Jan. 12, 2007; accepted Jan. 18, 2007.

Correspondence should be addressed to Dr. Bruce T. Hope, The National Institute on Drug Abuse, Behavioral Neuroscience Branch, 5500 Nathan Shock Drive, Building C, Baltimore, MD 21224. Email: [url=mailto:bhope@intra.nida.nih.gov]bhope@intra.nida.nih.gov[/url]
Copyright © 2007 by Society for Neuroscience[/size]


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March 1st, 2007, 9:56 am #67

Thanks Joel, this is an extremely important lesson

This was one of the hardest things to appreciate when I first read it. I wanted so so badly to be like everyone else - a non-smoker. But the more I thought about it the more I realized the importance of understanding the distinction between never-smokers and me. They don't have to be on guard against relapse. I do. But it isn't painful and doesn't hurt a bit. In fact, it's truth that's kept me on this side of one powerful puff of nicotine all these years. It's strangely comforting knowing exactly what it takes to lose my freedom and healing. My name is John and I'm an ex-smoker! Because built into those 8 little letters is a beautiful four word reminder .... Never Take Another Puff!

Breathe deep, hug hard, live long,

John (Gold x7)
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March 8th, 2007, 5:54 am #68

Message 81 of

From: John (Gold)
Sent: 12/21/2004 11:20 PM
The Newbie - Goldie Bond
One of the most amazing things about recovery is that no matter how far we travel or how deep and enduring the mental quiet, calm and comfort become our arrested dependency has traveled with us and is always just one puff away from resuming control over each and every day.
Although we probably wish we could wash our brain and permanently remove all stains of nicotine dependency it simply cannot be done. We have arrested a chemical need not killed it, broken conditioned feeding cues but the beaten paths remain, and possibly already have started finding comfort beyond slowly fading dependency thoughts and memories without destroying even one.
What we call ourselves isn't nearly as important as remembering just how fragile our healing is. Whether our newest newbie or goldest goldie we stand side by side in all being just one powerful puff of nicotine away from relapse into self-destructive chemical bondage back to our old level of nicotine intake but often higher.
No matter where we are in this amazing temporary journey of re-adjustment there will always be only one rule determining our fate, no nicotine today, Never Take Another Puff! John (Gold x7)
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June 6th, 2007, 9:26 am #69

Hello Barb : )
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November 10th, 2007, 1:08 pm #70

From: John (Gold) Sent: 9/13/2003 9:22 PM
You can call me Ray, or you can call me Jay, or you can even call me Clean but I'll call me Me. I've waited a long long long time to be "Me" again and no one can take it from me now - not you, not anyone. I only have one rule ... I can't allow any nicotine to get inside my body today! If I obey this one rule my healing is 100% guaranteed. I'm coming home. I'm going to know me again and no force on earth can stop me.

From: Joel. Sent: 9/18/2002 6:00 PM
I saw where some people were first realizing the concept that they were always going to be addicts. Bottom line is still that it is better to be a person in recovery from and addiction than it is to be a addict actively using--especially in the case of a drug that has a 50% mortality rate associated with regular using and even those who it does not eventually kill, it very likely is causing impairments and quite possibly crippling effects. Not to mention it will cost you a small fortune, make you smell foul and turn you into a social outcast in many circles. Yes being a recovering addict may not sound perfect but it is a whole lot better than being an active smoker. To stay in recovery is as simple now as knowing to never take another puff!

Joel
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January 18th, 2008, 3:55 am #71

From: Joanne - Gold Sent: 5/5/2005 11:16 AM
You are an ex-smoker now, or whatever term you are comfortable with. But always in the background of consciousness, remember you are still and always will be a recovering nicotine addict. It is not necessarily a pleasant way to think of oneself, but it is essential to have the basic understanding that because of a past behavior you always have to be on guard. For as negative of a connotation that ex-smoker may have to an individual, it is far superior to having to say, "I am a smoker."
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March 11th, 2008, 7:17 am #72

Never take another puff, dip or chew!
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March 11th, 2008, 7:31 am #73

I have been quit for 2 Weeks, 21 hours, 58 minutes and 26 seconds (14 days). I have saved £86.50 by not smoking 298 cigarettes. I have saved 1 Day and 50 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 25/02/2008 01:33
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May 20th, 2008, 12:36 am #75

You are an ex-smoker now, or whatever term you are comfortable with. But always in the background of consciousness, remember you are still and always will be a recovering nicotine addict. It is not necessarily a pleasant way to think of oneself, but it is essential to have the basic understanding that because of a past behavior you always have to be on guard. For as negative of a connotation than ex-smoker may have to an individual, it is far superior to having to say, "I am a smoker."
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