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i'm at about 45 hours of being nicotine-free right now. i was out of town for the first day or so, and that was easy enough... but now i'm home and i'm realizing that my main source of stress relief is going to be gone. the withdrawals aren't so bad - it's knowing how much harder life is going to get without it.

this is as far as i've ever made it though. i might give it one more night just so i can prove to myself that i can make it to day 3.

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Get some cinnamon mint tea. Great stuff for nicotine cravings.

For the psychological aspect, get some damiana tea. Fantastic stuff for stress relief, somewhere in between beer and pot.

Posted December 31st, 2017 by Xhin
Xhin
 

Personally, I obliterated my nicotine addiction by eating low-carb very-high-fat for a year and a half. Provided I get enough fat, I have no nicotine cravings whatsoever, nor do I need it for the mental stimulating effect. That takes a while to accomplish though.

Posted December 31st, 2017 by Xhin
Xhin
 

hard to brew up some tea mid-workday dude

Posted December 31st, 2017 by poptart!
poptart!
 

Brew it beforehand and bring it in a thermos.

Posted December 31st, 2017 by Xhin
Xhin
 

Mind over matter, dude. Try to be aware of when your mind is making up excuses to smoke again, and be aware of the feeling withdrawals give you.

Here's a checklist from Alan Carr's guide for quitting smoking, which has helped a loooot of people quit smoking. Basically, you need to reconceptualize cigarettes as merely an aleviation of the discomfort that comes from quitting, and look at that discomfort like the discomfort that comes from taking off shoes that have been way too tight that you've been wearing for way too long.



Posted December 31st, 2017 by Agis
Agis
 

yeah i came across that when i was trying to get through the first day.

my thing isn't smoking though, my thing is snuff which feels like i've done a line of coke the first time i do it in the morning

so it's not "alleviating the symptoms" more than it's trying to catch a rush

i think i'm gonna give up tomorrow. but i know i can do it now - when i'm in a better place stress-wise.

Posted December 31st, 2017 by poptart!
poptart!
 

Yeah, first cigarette in the morning was always nice, because the nicotine and carbon dioxide had enough time to leave my system, and it feels extra good because blood sugar is very low at that time.

i think i'm gonna give up tomorrow. but i know i can do it now - when i'm in a better place stress-wise.

That's unfortunate to hear you're giving in to your addiction.

I think you should wait even longer. Three days is usually the hardest point, where cravings are really strong, but the physical addiction is pretty much broken by then. After that you just have to tangle with the psychological addiction. I think you ought to keep it up until at least a week so you can take notice of how fresh your body feels without it.

Posted December 31st, 2017 by Agis
Agis
 

alright, one more day to see how i feel after day 3

i'm actually feeling pretty good today. i think i'm through the worst of it?

Posted December 31st, 2017 by poptart!
poptart!
 

Good job and good luck.

Posted December 31st, 2017 by KnokkelMillennium
KnokkelMillennium

wish i had that will power i been smoking since i was 16. cant imagine myself quit

Posted December 31st, 2017 by Brandy
Brandy

thanks, knuckles!

i'm actually feeling GREAT today. i think i'll go the distance. thanks for the motivation, agis.

brandy, around 16 is when i started too. it actually hasn't been as bad as i thought it would be. although i probably shouldn't have drank this weekend - that made it a lot worse

Edited December 31st, 2017 by poptart!
poptart!
 

If you're going to go back to it, try going back to a vape or mini-cigars instead. The nicotine will still feel good, but those are a lot easier to quit than cigarettes.

Posted December 31st, 2017 by Xhin
Xhin
 

literally anything is easier to quit than snuff dude

if i go back, i'm going back to swedish snus

Posted December 31st, 2017 by poptart!
poptart!
 

a full 72 hours (the longest i've gone in like 8 years), drunk as fuck atm, still withstanding cravings from sheer willpower. i am the hardest core

Posted January 1st by poptart!
poptart!
 

Dude, that's really, really good. Keep racking up the days, man.

Posted January 1st by Agis
Agis
 

Keep them days addin'.

Posted January 2nd by Fox Forever
Fox Forever

I used to smoke for 7 years and was able to quite a few years ago without any patches or gum. Here are my tips:

1. Stop buying Cigarettes that way you don't have them staring you in the face.

2. Make it a you vs them (cigarettes) scenario and refuse to let them win. I'm competitive by nature so once I started seeing it from that perspective the cravings never got the best of me.

3. There is always going to be sources of stress, so using stress as a reason to smoke is both an excuse and a crutch. Don't let yourself think like that and try to find another way to vent your stress.

Edited January 2nd by Q
Q
 

Out of curiosity how much does a pack of cigarettes cost these days? When I worked retail it was 5 dollars a pack.

Good luck. I smoke a cigar every few months and know blokes that smoke two - three a day if not more. Nasty habit.

Posted January 2nd by S.o.h.
S.o.h.
 

day 5 now

"Out of curiosity how much does a pack of cigarettes cost these days? When I worked retail it was 5 dollars a pack"

that's about right. i was buying $3.50 cans of snuff every 3 days though (which adds up to about a pack a day habit nicotine-wise).



Posted January 2nd by poptart!
poptart!
 

Smoke pot instwad. I’ve been smoking it for four years now and I can’t stop it, it does sort of affect my memory but I need the marijuana in order to alleviate pain and massive throat secretooning aka drooling because I can’t swallow my own saliva. I don’t see any health risks with weed. It might get you off nicotine/cigarettes even. I smoke weed ingested with oil every night before going to bed and I get high sometimes it’s very temporary.

Posted January 2nd by Weed man
Weed man
 

a pack of cigarettes is 11

Posted January 2nd by Brandy
Brandy

Weed is free I’d you get it frimebtge strewts or get prescribed on it medically like I am.

Posted January 2nd by Weed man
Weed man
 

Kassie the ever got me into weed she’s done all sorts of drugs but doesn’t like cigarettes. I’m just gonna stick with weed. The thc will get the best of you and is a lot safer than nicotine is.

Posted January 2nd by Weed man
Weed man
 

I used to be a very regular stoner (until Trump was elected and it made me uncomfortably paranoid), and I would smoke weed and cigarettes.

Problem with only doing weed is that it will hurt your willpower and when you're high you're a lot more susceptible to thoughts like "i'll just smoke one," "i'll only smoke this because I'm high, I won't do it when i'm sober," or whatever.



Posted January 3rd by Agis
Agis
 

No need to do weed. Like alcohol I've seen it ruin a couple of lives.

Posted January 3rd by S.o.h.
S.o.h.
 

No need to do weed and, like noted, it can be counter-productive.

Classical psychoactives like LSD and psilocybin have been proven to be significant help in breaking addictions, however.

Posted January 3rd by nullfather
nullfather

Only thing I'm addicted to now is Winning!

Posted January 3rd by Q
Q
 

as of 3:30 AM tonight, it'll be a full week. today has been rough - i keep trying to tell myself i'll be able to have one dip or one cigarette and it'll feel amazing or "i can let myself slip one time per week" but i know that won't work.

not sure what my goal should be after today - i guess two weeks?

Posted January 4th by poptart!
poptart!
 

10 Days would put you in the double digits, bro.

Try to refocus on whatever made you want to quit in the first place, objectify the cravings so you can recognize it, and keep in mind that despite how good that alleviation will feel, it's going to come with the feeling of giving in and failing.

After several attempts at quitting and letting myself get convinced to take another cigarette, every single time I regretted it.

Posted January 4th by Agis
Agis
 

Also, I understand how you might start to feel like chasing these quitting goals seem like it will be an indefinite struggle (there's fundamentally no clear time where you'll go from "quitting" to fully "quit"), but I PROMISE you, if you keep it up it will get continually easier, and the cravings that are telling you one is enough or that you've quit for a long enough time will eventually shut up and you'll stop thinking about it.

Posted January 4th by Agis
Agis
 

Two weeks is a good goal. By then the physical component of the addiction will be long gone, which has got to be some kind of reassurance even if certain behavioral impulses will remain to nag at you afterwards. Just keep at it and you'll win. Do it for yourself, or failing that do it for the princess of pain to which you've become recently engaged (congrats, by the way) and presumably want to have a life with for many years to come. That ought to be help with motivation.

Posted January 4th by Famov
Famov

(please excuse me for not using bold text in this reply; it's too bright and it gives me a headache)

10 Days would put you in the double digits, bro.


ahhh, double digits! great suggestion - that's much less daunting than two weeks right now.

Try to refocus on whatever made you want to quit in the first place


Do it for yourself, or failing that do it for the princess of pain to which you've become recently engaged


to be honest with y'all, i love myself and my image more than anything else in the world. i'm not quitting for my beautiful lady, i'm not quitting for my health, i'm not quitting because i'm sick of giving my hard-earned scraps to the American Snuff Company (division of Reynolds American, a subsidiary of the British Tobacco Company [at this point, it seems less pathetic and more leftist to have a coke addiction]). i'm quitting because i thought it'd be cool to be that guy who stopped cold turkey like it wasn't shit.

and keep in mind that despite how good that alleviation will feel, it's going to come with the feeling of giving in and failing.


yup, and if there's anything that poptart! isn't, it's a failure

By then the physical component of the addiction will be long gone, which has got to be some kind of reassurance even if certain behavioral impulses will remain to nag at you afterwards.


yeah, i mean it's already nice to look back at the first three days (which are supposedly the worst) and think, "that wasn't even very bad at all"

(congrats, by the way)


thanks, famov. i guess i'd be lying if i wasn't quitting a little bit for her - one of my favorite things about her in the beginning was that she was cool enough or liked me enough not to care how much nicotine i was using. i should probably return the favor at this point

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sorry for the nonsense post, i'm slightly drunk on absinthe at the moment

Edited January 5th by poptart!
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