Will this get better?

Physical healing of the body and mind
Joined: December 18th, 2008, 11:57 pm

July 28th, 2003, 6:37 am #11

If you're just embarking upon recovery, this isn't what it feels like being one of earth's over one billion comfortable ex-smokers. This is what it feels like during that temporary period of adjustment called "quitting." During this chemical and psychological period of adjustment you'll learn that adding each cigarette's 4,000 chemicals following each meal (including 44 known carcinogens) was probably not a very healthy way to eat.

You'll learn that it wasn't necessary to leave the wonderful company of those you were eating with, so that you could find a location to feed your mind's endless need to replenish constantly falling blood serum nicotine levels. You'll learn that all of the feeding patterns and habits that you selected to satisfy your chemical dependency upon nicotine were established primarily due to one simple fact -- nicotine's half-life in the human body is about two hours and it was once again time to fill your body's constantly falling supply of nicotine.

Freedom's loving graduates are not only here as support guides to help our newest generation of arrivals, but to bear witness to you that what you are feeling now truly is temporary! The next few minutes are doable! Lots of water for flushing! Breathe deep, hug hard, live long! John : )
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Joined: January 7th, 2009, 6:57 pm

May 21st, 2004, 10:53 am #12

Hello Joel,

For 175 days I have wanted to light up a Camel Light 100. For 175 days I have not done this. The only true answer is #1 Bryan #2 Joel's promise it gets better and #3 I know if I light 1 I light 60 per day.
My faith is it is going to get better, everyone's quit is different.
Thanks,
DFlower
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Joined: December 19th, 2008, 12:03 am

July 30th, 2004, 11:47 am #13

The only thing that keeps me going is the hope and faith that it will get better. Right now its not as miserable as it was the first two weeks, but it is irritating. Believe it or not, I do miss having those few cigarette with a glass of wine at night after everyone goes to bed. I know that I will not do that, but the knowledge that I will not do it, does not take away the "missing" part.

Had it not been for your promises and confidence that it will get better, I would have relapsed from day 1. I certainly relate much to DFlower above me on this post (message 39).

The fact that it is now better than two weeks ago, and two weeks ago was better than three weeks ago, it follows that it must get better as we go. Perhaps slowly, but the alternative is lung cancer where the healing process is much too slow to recognize the progress, if any.

Aida
Unbelievable 1 month, 2 weeks, 1 day, 23 hours. I breathed clean air in lieu of 1,609 cigaretts and I saved $450.68 (which I happily spend on buying fruits and gum!!), and I added 5 days to my life span.
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Joined: January 7th, 2009, 6:58 pm

September 30th, 2004, 1:39 am #14

YES!
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Joined: December 18th, 2008, 11:57 pm

December 6th, 2004, 7:17 am #15

Like a new bud, give your Quit the chance to bloom.
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Joined: December 19th, 2008, 12:00 am

January 5th, 2005, 12:26 am #16

newbies...the way you feel now is NOT the way it feels as a comfortable exsmoker. the way you feel at the beginning of a quit is just a very temporary adjustment.

Remember to keep your blood sugar level up by eating smaller and more numerous, healthy meals and make sure that you get enough rest.

Linda
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Joined: January 9th, 2009, 12:15 am

January 8th, 2005, 10:48 am #17

Exactly what is the estimated time until I no longer want a cigarette. I understand the physical part is over after 72 hours, but mentally the cravings continue to come on very strong...when can I expect this to end??? How many days, weeks, months....?
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Joined: January 7th, 2009, 6:57 pm

January 8th, 2005, 12:23 pm #18

It does get better but if I said I still don't want to smoke I would be lying. In fact last night I had a horrible smoking dream and of course awoke to feelings of guilt and sadness. BUT...get over it.....I've talked to ex smokers who haven't had a second look back and ex smokers who have thought of it for every day for 10 years. Time will tell where we all fit in but to fit in we can never take another puff.
I've been quit for 1 year, 1 month, 11 days, 20 hours, 23 minutes and 56 seconds (407 days).
I've not smoked 12205 death sticks, and saved $1,923.84.
I've saved 42 day(s), 9 hour(s) of my life.
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Joined: December 18th, 2008, 11:58 pm

January 8th, 2005, 1:39 pm #19

Before I quit smoking, I would often seek out ex smokers to ask for advice, how did they do it, what was withdrawal like, etc.

The one significant thing that several (not all) said was "sometimes I really miss smoking." Some of these people had been quit for years already.

It actually made me afraid to quit. I am no stranger to feelings of missing something. I don't like that feeling. It's a sad kind of feeling. I never (prior to my quit) did well w/ feelings of sadness.

However, when I finally did quit, and I reached comfort after a couple months, maybe 3?, I realized that I do not miss smoking.

Do not miss it. And when I have a smoking thought now, it is always due to me being grateful that I quit. That I'm making it. My quit wasn't all smooth sailing, I had some rough spots. But I don't anymore. I can't imagine making it to gold, or double gold and feeling like I miss smoking.

Chevet' - Free and Healing for Four Months, Nineteen Days, 3 Hours and 33 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 9 Days and 19 Hours, by avoiding the use of 2823 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $745.34.
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Joined: January 9th, 2009, 12:15 am

December 26th, 2005, 1:49 am #20

This is a really good one to read. Sometimes, in the middle of a craving, you almost want to lose hope, because you think that it's going to last forever. It really does get a little bit better each day. I don't know how long I'm going to continue thinking about smoking, but I know that it's only temporary. Thanks Joel!
-cher

It's been 6 Days, 15 hours and 59 minutes since my last smoke! I've saved $40.98 and 8 hours and 15 minutes of my life by not smoking 99 cigarettes. Woohoo!!
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Joined: January 16th, 2003, 8:00 am

February 9th, 2006, 6:30 am #21

Hang in there during this time of uncertainty just know that it will improve and get continually better and better as long as you maintain your focus and never take another puff!

Joel
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Joined: December 18th, 2008, 11:57 pm

August 23rd, 2006, 9:33 pm #22

A new study was released today from University of Southern Florida that reported that smokers who quit start suffering symptoms of withdrawal within 30 minutes of their last cigarette. I see it in various news releases as if this is ground breaking news, like no one has ever realized this before. I suspect there are a lot of smokers and ex-smokers looking at this report and thinking to themselves, "this is news?"

The results of this study kind of fits into the original post in this string.

It is kind of interesting because the researchers based their conclusions on their observations of 50 one pack a day smokers. I think that the researchers would find a little bit of a different result if they mixed one pack a day smokers with people who smoked half a pack a day or people who smoke two packs a day or more. Then they would see that the onset of symptoms are a tad more variable than they are reporting here, some shorter some longer.

The research went on to say that withdrawal symptoms peaked within 72 hours and could go on to some degree for a couple of weeks.

Then there was of course the conclusions drawn of how NRT can assist smokers during this time period. Instead of getting the message out that these symptoms are temporary, usually minor and ALWAYS non-life threatening, the study is being used as a platform to push the merits of NRT.

The bottom line is when a person stops smoking his or her body will likely start wanting nicotine. If he or she doesn't give in to the desire or perceived need, the body will adjust and in a relatively short time period the body's demand for nicotine will cease. Then for the person to avoid ever having to face these kind of physical symptoms again will be as simple as sticking to a personal commitment to never take another puff.

Joel
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Joined: January 9th, 2009, 12:15 am

September 9th, 2006, 4:40 pm #23

That's a great reminder for me, Tonight I was still having cravings, but they were new situations, like going into the gas station and having hundreds of packs of cigarettes and tobacco marketing stare you in the face, never realized this before now.
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Joined: December 18th, 2008, 11:57 pm

November 7th, 2006, 11:20 pm #24

But smoking does not stop withdrawal. It just delays it off for 20 to 30 minutes. Then it starts again. Then you smoke another one. That holds you for 20 to 30 minutes. Then you need another. Get the picture. This is your life now, constantly smoking to put off withdrawal again another half hour or so. All the time poisoning your body with hundreds of poisons. By stopping you withdraw for a few days, and then get better the rest of your life.

Soon you will recognize that your life will go on without smoking. You will be able to face miserable tasks, celebrate life happy events and even just do nothing without smoking--basically live without cigarettes and without the preoccupation of smoking. The longer you are now off and the more life circumstances that you successfully overcome smoke free,the sooner this concept is believed and the the fear of life without smoking will be conquered. Hang in there during this time of uncertainty just know that it will improve and get continually better and better as long as you maintain your focus and never take another puff!

Joel
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Joined: December 18th, 2008, 11:58 pm

January 27th, 2007, 4:05 pm #25

Will this get better? You can bet your life it does! What you may feel now is not how a comfortable x-smoker feels.
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Joined: December 18th, 2008, 11:57 pm

December 5th, 2007, 3:37 am #26

If the symptoms a person is having is truly from quitting, they will get better. There are times though where a person may be getting symptoms from other pre-existing conditions or from new problems that may start up after they quit. Automatically saying that any symptom will get better after quitting is dangerous, in the event that the symptom a person is experiencing is from a non-quitting related issue. If this issue is simply thoughts for cigarettes, yes they will likely improve. Be careful though in writing off any physical symptom or any strong emotional reactions to simple smoking cessation, especially once past the first few days quitting.

The video below discusses smoking thoughts in a bit more detail:
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"Will I ever stop thinking of cigarettes?" 3.97mb 11.9mb 1.57mb 10:47 11/20/06
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Joined: December 18th, 2008, 11:57 pm

September 8th, 2008, 10:42 am #27

If the symptoms a person is having is truly from quitting, they will get better. There are times though where a person may be getting symptoms from other pre-existing conditions or from new problems that may start up after they quit. Automatically saying that any symptom will get better after quitting is dangerous, in the event that the symptom a person is experiencing is from a non-quitting related issue. If this issue is simply thoughts for cigarettes, yes they will likely improve. Be careful though in writing off any physical symptom or any strong emotional reactions to simple smoking cessation, especially once past the first few days quitting.

See video linked in 92nd post in this string.
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Joined: December 19th, 2008, 12:00 am

October 4th, 2008, 2:58 pm #28

The most shocking thing about reaching the "comfort" zone is realizing how completely UNCOMFORTABLE you were as an active smoker, almost every moment you weren't smoking,. And even when you could actually just relax and chain-smoke in comfort, you were never safe... too much and your lungs would start to hurt or you'd feel nauseous, or too few and you'd feel anxious and ripped off...or... Well, you know. Just never satisfied.
I feel happy and satisfied almost all the time now, when I even think about it. I am still in awe of how much "not smoking" has changed my life for the better in a million tiny ways that I could never have anticipated. I wish I could give everyone who still smokes just 10 minutes of how this feels... it's that powerful.

Just keep on keeping on, to everyone... it's woth everything!!!

Wendy Ann, 8 1/2 months of unbelievable freedom!! You can do it too and it will be better than you ever thought!
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Joined: January 16th, 2003, 8:00 am

October 22nd, 2008, 6:18 am #29

Will this get better?
YES!
No nicotine today, just one day at a time.
Fill your brain with information about nicotine addiction and recovery.
You are worth it.
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Joined: December 6th, 2008, 4:58 pm

January 3rd, 2010, 1:32 pm #30

If the symptoms a person is having is truly from quitting, they will get better. There are times though where a person may be getting symptoms from other pre-existing conditions or from new problems that may start up after they quit. Automatically saying that any symptom will get better after quitting is dangerous, in the event that the symptom a person is experiencing is from a non-quitting related issue. If this issue is simply thoughts for cigarettes, yes they will likely improve. Be careful though in writing off any physical symptom or any strong emotional reactions to simple smoking cessation, especially once past the first few days quitting.

The video below discusses smoking thoughts in a bit more detail:
Video Title
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"Will I ever stop thinking of cigarettes?" 3.97mb 11.9mb 4.89mb 10:47 11/20/06
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Joined: January 4th, 2011, 3:13 am

January 12th, 2011, 1:42 am #31

I'm wondering if there is research on when and/or if they go away.  It seems like the brain will eventually heal itself if we are not feeding nicotine to it.  
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Joined: January 18th, 2009, 6:57 am

January 12th, 2011, 3:56 am #32

Quick and simple answer - we are permanently wired for / susceptible to relapsing.  That's why it's acknowledged as chemical addiction dependency here at Freedom and WhyQuit.com

The Law of Addiction  states - "Administration of a drug to an addict will cause re-establishment of chemical dependence upon the addictive substance."

I've always found the following article wonderfully on point.  Hope it helps to answer your question.  Restoring volume control.

Joe J free 6 years and a day
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