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Timeline for Cravings

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  1. mwoodman
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    What are your thoughts/experiences regarding when the cravings stop? Looking for support and encouragement - I'm on day 11 - cold turkey - and although they are getting less, the cravings are still intense. Yesterday, I had to excuse myself early from work from such high anxiety :(   
    Thankfully, my employer has a big heart and had no qualms about it, but still, not something I enjoyed having to do. 
    I come online and check my dashboard for encouragement - what does everyone else do? Will these cravings ever stop being so intense?? Thanks in advance :) 
  2. treepeo
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    Hi mwoodman,

    First of all, let me congratulate you on your 11 smoke free days.  That is terrific!

    I quit cold turkey, too.  Personally, I got really intense cravings off and on for the whole first month.  In fact, at the end of my first month, I had to take two days off work, because I started to cry and couldn't stop.  But I think part of that was because I was so tired.  I was never able to sleep through the night without waking up 2 or 3 times, and that takes a toll on you.  So I just got weaker and weaker, mentally and physically.

    Having said that, after the first month, things changed dramatically.  It's like my body suddenly realized that I wasn't going to give in, and it decided to give me a break.  And the really intense cravings stopped coming on a regular basis.  Now I did get some the odd time, but they became less and less intense, and more and more infrequent.  That was just my experience.  It is different for everyone. 

    I understand your frustration.  You made the decision to quit, you have been struggling with horrible cravings, and you just want it to end.  But you have to stick it out.  It's all part of the process.

    Mwoodman, I didn't like having to miss work either, but I was determined to do whatever it took to quit successfully.  And my boss didn't care.  He was just thrilled that I decided to do what I needed to do, and that I remained smoke free.

    Hang in there.  It will get better.  It just takes time.  But man, is it ever worth all of the struggles in the end.  Just you wait and see.
  3. brieffree
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    mwoodman

    Hello, I quit cold turkey too, 950 day's ago and I still craving. But, I have learn how to manage those cravings with out slip more. 

    When it comes, I identify and do something to get rid of it, ej: in the morning forced shower, That relax me a lot and I forgot of the urge to smoke in the morning.
    Or I get busy around the house.

    Use the for D

    Distract my self, Drink a lot water, Delay the crave, Discus with someone about it,

    Everyday pass if you focus in your quit and you really want to the cravings are less and less powerful.

    I am not going to lie to you I quit so many times the I can not remember, but never so long.

    Trust in your self, you can do it. You are stronger than the crave.!

    That is my story, everyone crave different. Be prepare!
    Last modified on 12 Jan 2018 23:01 by brieffree
  4. mwoodman
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    16 Jan in reply to treepeo
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    Thanks treepeo! I appreciate you sharing your experiences with me. I definitely find that reminding myself of how far I've come helps me squish those cravings! Day 16 now! 
    Congrats on your success as well, it's nice to know we aren't alone :) 
  5. mwoodman
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    Hi brieffree! Thank you for your post, sharing and encouragement :)

    Congrats on your success, I can't wait to get to that number too! 

    I need to remind myself of the 4 D's alot .... but getting there! Day 16 today! 
  6. ocean
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    Hi Woodman,  This is a great topic!  I've only gone one day and use  NRT. I was really impressed with the Mist though.  It tastes and feels like intense mouthwash.  If you get really stuck, like about to smoke, go to a store and try it.  it's the fastest way to get a hit of nicotine without smoking.  In the meantime though, you're doing great!  I'll add more as I live it.
    Ocean
  7. treepeo
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    Hi mwoodman,

    Day 16 - way to go!  That's terrific!  I found keeping myself distracted was the key.  No matter how bad the cravings, I would try to shove them to the back of my mind and carry on with my computer games, my reading, my walks, or whatever.  But like Ocean said, you may want to try the mist.  As you can see, Ocean loves it and has found it really helpful.
  8. ocean
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    Hi again mwoodman,
    I'm in my 4th week now and I have times when I really crave and times when I don't.  I was getting disappointed that I'm still craving nearly a month in.  So I increased my fast acting NRT again ( I had decreased it as some days I feel lucky that I don't need it).  But I find my craves have been pretty steady the last few days and I don't want to relapse or slip.  I went on the main site here today and saw that I'd not smoked 575 cigarettes, and WOW, no wonder I've been craving, that's a lot of cigarettes not smoked, no wonder I'm craving!  I hope you're doing ok too.  When I first posted to this thread I was on Day 1, lol!  Let's keep going!!
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