Took the Pressure Off

I've been smoke free for almost a year now.

I started as a kid, 13 yrs old and smoked occasionally until I got really hooked in my early 20's and all through college. I stopped once for 3 years, got into great shape, then got a girlfreind who smoked. Bad idea. Recently I had been trying to quit countless times. I would try cold turkey, nicotine path, cigars, and chewing tobacco. Weaning myself off of smokes didn't work, partly because everyone at work smokes, and there is a lot of down time. Spiritually, I really wanted to stop. My freind gave me this book, "The Only Way To Stop Smoking Permenitly" - by Allen Carr. The book makes the point that much of addiction is in your head and weaning yourself off of nicotine is not the answer.

I came up with my own solution. I tried the nicotine patches for the third time. As usual, by phase 3 - the lowest dose - I was really craving a smoke. I decided to stop quiting and smoke whenever I wanted. The pressure of stopping altogether was too much. So, I would smoke a few cigs a day. Then I would smoke and not inhale, as a social break with my work buddy. Eventually, I didn't like the high blood pressure that the buzz was giving me, and it would make me feel panicy. So, I would smoke a cigar occasionally, or only smoke with friends while drinking at a bar. Then, about 10 months ago, my psychological desire to smoke went away and I have not had a cigarette since. Two weeks ago, I did smoke a cigar at my local bar.

workerbee101 workerbee101
36-40, M
1 Response Mar 28, 2009

Keep up the good work!