29 Nov 2017
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A big congratulations on making it 26 days! Way to go!
You should not feel like a cheater because you are taking Champix. That's what Champix is for, to help people quit smoking. There is absolutely nothing wrong with using NRTs. In fact, it is the smart thing to do, because you are more likely both to quit, and to keep your quit. As you said yourself, you have experienced major cravings even though you are on Champix. You still had to fight your way through them. Things like Champix help, but they don't make every problem magically disappear. It still requires a lot of work on your part. So you should be really proud of yourself for making it this far.
Try not to worry about the future. Just take it one step at a time, and do what you need to do to stay smoke free. If ultimately, you have to stay on Champix for a longer period of time, so be it. That is nothing compared to the damage you would be doing to yourself if you were still smoking.
We all have different experiences, but I can tell you that I seemed to have a major breakthrough after making it through my first month. The cravings really eased off, I started sleeping through the night again, and I felt a lot stronger. So you might be surprised by the changes you will start to experience. Try not to be afraid. Get excited instead. Soon you are going to start really appreciating all of the benefits of living life as a non-smoker.
Keep the quit, Nerak47. It is so worth it.