Good morning. New here. Mostly post on TCF but stumbled my way over here.
I was wondering if anyone has experience with Nicotine Addiction and if youve successfully stopped? What worked for you?
I've literally tried EVERYTHING! Chantix, Welbutrin, The name brand Welbutrin (can't remember the name) the patch, the gum and even went to a few Nicotine Anonymous meetings and even have some literature.
In the past I've struggled with drinking and drugs and have been able to stop that fine but cannot for the life of me quit cigarettes. I've successfully stopped twice in my life for a year and a half each time but something always brings me back to them. I really need to quit as I have a 15 mo LO (I quit 6mo before I was KU so smoking during pregnancy wasn't an issue thank goodness but went back to it when she was around 6-8 months)
What really worked for me in the past was the patch- when I actually decided to put it on.
I guess I'm just at a loss and don't know what else to do.
Sorry if I'm not allowed to just jump in and post as I'm very new here.
Welcome and glad you found us! I don't have any advice, only a small-time college smoker, but I bet others may have some advice. My AA sponsor did tell me that quitting smoking was more difficult than alcohol. Congrats for eliminating drinking and drugs successfully! Keep trying to give up the cigarettes. (((Hugs)))
Honestly, vaping is what helped H and me. He's stepped down to 0 nicotine already, I'm still working on it. I was a pack a day smoker. Britain and Europe has done a lot of non biased research. A lot of what the USA has done is funded by big tobacco and makes it look way more negative than it is. Britain has declared it approximately 95% safer than cigarettes and actually is in the process of implementing it as a smoking cessation endorsed by health organizations.
I'm embarrassed to admit that I'm still a smoker. I've tried to quit multiple times (and I did, successfully, when I was 19 but picked it back up when I was 26...I'm 35 now although I did make it through pregnancy when I was 30) in the last few years but I just can't get past the first few days.
I do have a plan to quit again though. My H and I are getting a family membership to the Y this weekend, but to be able to afford it, I have to quit smoking and he has to quit chewing. I want the membership more, so I hope it's enough to finally break the habit.
For everyone else reading that knows my H's background and rehab and all, I am seriously, seriously hoping that committing to getting fit with me turns things around for him. If he starts feeling better physically, feeling better about himself, I hope he can overcome whatever demons are still plaguing him.
giamia I am almost through 24 hours without smoking. I'm honestly doing better than I expected, and I packed quite a few things to keep me occupied - sour mint candies, pencils to twirl in my fingers. I made it through my drive to work (which is my biggest issue) and I'm over halfway through my workday. That's longer than I've gone in any of my past quit attempts!