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Cravings on the Patch!

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  1. mommy2two85
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    Hey all...I am two days with no cigarettes but I am on the patch. I started on step 1 because I was a heavy smoker. I find that even on the patch I am still having pretty bad cravings and I cant seem to get smoking out of my head! Even at work trying to keep busy its constantly in the back of my mind. Can anyone give me any ideas on how to get through these cravings? 
  2. justfortoday
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    01 Oct 2019 in reply to mommy2two85
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    Hi mommy2two … love the name by the way …

    I'm four weeks into my quit, and on the Patch as well. I totally feel your frustration and I too had huge cravings the for the first two weeks even on the Patch. Overwhelming, right? Like you, I tried to distract myself at work, but holy cow … I just sat staring my computer monitor thinking about smoking … seriously, for a week, that's what I did.

    For me, the patch eased the cravings (I tried cold turkey and that was a huge swing and miss for me), which allowed me to focus on the emotional dependency. You will get a lot of great advice here, but here are a few things that helped me, and maybe will help you as well.

    I read a ton about what exactly was happening to my brain (became a kind of researcher) during my quit. This did two things; The more I understood about what happens to the "addicted" brain, the more I was able to tolerate the cravings. Think of it this way … I hope I'm not overstepping here, but I suspect you have kids? When a woman understands why her body is contracting during labour, the more she can tolerate it. The other reason learning helped me is that it empowered me with knowledge, and learning something new actually triggers dopamine and endorphins the same way nicotine did. Make sense?

    The other thing that worked for me to get over the worst of the cravings was to splash cold (as cold as you can handle) water on my face. This is actually a method I learned several years ago during Trauma therapy. It shocks the brain and sends the focus to the sensations, and decreases anxiety. Some days I repeated this process every half hour in the early days of my quit. Tip … don't wear make-up ! :)

    The best advice I got on this site was this. Hang in! I PROMISE, it does get easier.

    And be proud of yourself because you are doing this!


    Last modified on 01 Oct 2019 13:51 by justfortoday
  3. mommy2two85
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    01 Oct 2019 in reply to justfortoday
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    Thanks for the advice! I'm hoping it does get easier and I will definitely take what you said and try those things myself. Looks like I have some Googling to do when I get home! lol. It probably doesnt help that I didnt sleep well last night and am very tired today as well so struggling even more. I'll head to bed early tonight (if my kids allow it) and hopefully I'll feel better and more optimistic tomorrow! 

    Thanks again!
  4. efram, quit coach
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    Hello mommy2two85,

    Welcome to the forum and congratulations on your success over the past two days! 

    Along with justfortoday's excellent advice, I would add that, for a heavy smoker, it may help to supplement the patch with another nicotine replacement therapy. Step 1 gives roughly as much nicotine as 20-25 cigarettes, so if you smoked more than that you may still be having physical cravings for nicotine (to go along with habit cravings and perhaps emotional cravings).

    Also, it's very much normal to not be able to get smoking out of one's thoughts during the first few days. This should happen less and less frequently as time goes by!

    KTQ (Keep The Quit),
    Efram

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