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Cold Turkey or NRT

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  1. lillian, quit coach
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    Withdrawal symptoms can be so intense! Lack of concentration, irritability, fatigue, depression, constipation, the list is long and potentially some can experience all of the symptoms while some lucky folks, don't experience any.

    If you've decided to quit smoking, you are probably wondering if you should use a product and if, then what should I use?

    Patch, gum, lozenges,inhalers, spray/mist, champix, zyban.... They will all help to soften withdrawal and cravings. Cold turkey, as intense as it can be,eventually withdrawal will pass too.

    In the past, our members have shared their experiences with side effects and successes.. Please share your hits and misses in your choice of quit method!

    Hopefully our members can share, but in the meantime, for those just starting out-- talk and talk some more! Talk to your friends, your doctor and talk especially, to a pharmacist, call our helpline, gather all of the information you can!

    We are here, keep us posted,
    Lillian

  2. buttingout2014
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    My personal experience resulted from trying a combination of 3 different quit 'aids':
    * Lozenges
    * Gum
    * Patches

    First, I tried the lozenges, but no matter what strength I tried, I found that they burned my tongue and my throat something awful, so they had to go.
    (I'd purchased a large supply of them, and found someone else on the SHO website that wanted to try them - so I gave them away)

    Secondly, I tried the gum - but it tasted awful.  I tried different flavours, with no resulting "winner" among the available options.  I just couldn't get over the taste, so I gave those away too.

    Finally, I tried out the patch - starting with 2 boxes of the strongest ones, with the plan of continuing to the next lower strength patch once I was finished with the first two boxes.
    I barely finished the 1st box of patches, and decided that enough was enough: it was time to quit.
    I'd already been smoke-free for weeks, and I opted to fight the Nicotine cravings on my own.
    (This wasn't the smartest thing to do, as the cravings became incredible...but with help from the SHO website / forum, I was able to succeed smoke-free!!)

    I'm so glad that I didn't opt for e-cigs like my wife tried when she was trying to quit smoking...
    She smoked the eCig with Nicotine liquid for a month, and went back to smoking - only to increase her dependence on cigarettes rather than drop it.
    Now, she smokes almost twice as much - so I wouldn't recommend eCig to anyone looking to quit.


    Your QUIT buddy, Jim.



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    My Quit Date: 1/27/2014
    Smoke-Free Days: 1402
    Cigarettes Not Smoked: 35,050
    Amount Saved: $15,422.00
    Life Gained:
    Days: 218 Hrs: 8 Mins: 54 Seconds: 38

  3. treepeo
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    I quit cold turkey simply because I didn't think any of  the NRTs would really help me.  And I pushed myself really hard.  I kept my cigarettes in plain sight.  I drank coffee and alcohol, and hung out with smokers right off the bat.  Why?  Because I thought, if I'm going to slip, I would rather do it sooner in my journey rather than later.  And I also wanted to keep telling myself through these challenges, "I choose not to smoke."  Now I will admit, the first month was truly hellish.  However, I made it through, and ultimately I am glad I went cold turkey.  I had to confront my addiction head on, which is something I steadfastly refused to do my whole life.  I had no choice but to face the fact that I couldn't have something as small as a peanut without craving a cigarette right after.  In fact, I couldn't do much of anything unless I knew I could have a smoke right afterwards.  I broke free of smoking and I didn't have to rely on NRTs either, so I was totally free.  And that was a great feeling.

    Having said that, a lot of people swear by their NRTs and I think that is great.  Whatever is going to help someone quit is worth having.  Anything is better than smoking.  
  4. lithan44
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    I also quit cold turkey!  And I read Allen Carr's The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.  Man, that book helped me so much.  To the point I actually quit prior to my quit date!  
  5. onyx
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    I'm a Champix Pixie. It was the only thing that kept me off the cigarettes for more than 2 months... And I'm still going strong at 3 years and almost five months into my quit.

    I used nicotine free vapor sticks - basically flavored water - to help me transition over the first while. I went through several during the first few weeks of my quit, then they slowly started tapering off... I haven't purchased one in almost three years. They were a huge help for me.

    Both methods are not for everyone. I say go with what works best for you. If one method doesn't work, try something else, but never give up trying. 

    It's not just the method you choose to quit by, it's the reprogramming yourself into being a non smoker. Get rid of that hand to mouth habit by playing with a fidget spinner or something else, anything that keeps your hands and mind busy. You will not be successful if you don't combine the best way to stop smoking for you with the reprogramming... Or you won't in my experience.

    And having a great support system like the gang in here is a mammoth help too! 

    Keep rocking, and never give up trying... One day you *will* quit and stay smoke free!

  6. marianne, quit coach
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    Great feedback Everyone in sharing your unique plans. 

    Buttingout2014, you gave various nicotine replacements a try and found cold turkey and peer support was for you!  

    Treepeo- cold turkey and self talk suited you best as well- thank you for sharing. 

    Lithan44- cold turkey and self-help materials to your success.

    Onyx- Champix, reprogramming thinking, community support and strategies was your formula


    Summarizing your methods of quitting to highlight your prime choices coupled with other skills.  Truly shows to keep never give up as something will prove to be right and bring your success.  

    Keep the sharing going...  


    Marianne

  7. clepage
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    Hi, my process for stopping began with a decision to stop.  I really craved cigarettes during the early period.  In fact, I had to have a step 1 patch daily with lozenges.  
    I am doing good with these aids .  I went to step 2 but encountered difficulties.  I am back to step 1.
    This is the level that I am comfortable.
  8. ladybug88
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    I had been doing "cold turkey" since my day 1 and had been reading my emails too but I may need quit support this week. Where do I go to get some?
  9. ladybug88
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    More power to you !!! Thanks for sharing your experience.  I look up to you.
  10. jenna lee, quit coach
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    Hi ladybugg88

    You can certainly give us a call at 1-877-513-5333 for additional counseling support. We can also let you know about local quit smoking programs where you may be able to get nicotine replacement therapy to help you maintain your quit. 

    Additionally, safe nicotine replacement therapy products can be purchased at a pharmacy. If you have private healthcare insurance, it may be covered.

    Hope this helps,

    clepage - good for you for adjusting your dosage and listening to your body. Do what works best for your at your pace. Hope all is well. 

    Jenna Lee
  11. brieffree
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    H Lilian

    I quit cold Turkey, then I use Nrt Nicorete Mist Spray as need it. Now I use the Mist and the gum! I am totally smoke free, I said to my self is not work it!

    Until when that is the question? For now I am ok. A bit irritable! less tolerant! But I manage that!
    I focus only in the Positive, Eating healthy as I can. Fruit, drink water etc, no charge too much my stomach. I am ok!

    I wish all a very good smoke free day! if I did it so can you!

    It is hard to stop smoking after so many years of doing it. Thinking that was ok.
    Until one day you confront yourself with your health in your hands.....and you deiced that is your time to quit or else!

    Yes, i still thinking that smoking is not the solution!
    And, after took medication and stop smoking complete, I started to Brief Better and Better, and recover my legs power and stop Coifing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Your savings:
    Savings$57,850.00
    Days Smoke-Free1157
    Cigarettes Not Smoked57850
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  12. eagerquit
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    Hi Lillian,

    Thanks for this interesting topic. Over the years I tried a lot of different quit aids and even cold turkey, but without success. I think no matter what the method or aid was, I just was not completely committed to quitting. I knew I should quit but was only half-hearted in my decision. The different products usually have a disclaimer on the packaging to say they should be used in combination with a smoking cessation program, and some even say they should be used in combination with will power. If the willingness to quit smoking is not fully there, then really nothing will work.

    When I finally developed the committed desire to quit smoking, I used NRT lozenges and gum to quell the cravings with success. They were not a magic bullet, just an aid in achieving my decision.

    Wishing everyone another smoke free day!

    Eagerquit

  13. ladybug88
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    Thanks a lot Jenna Lee.  I do a lot of sleeping, watching movies from android box then eat a lot of sweets.  I do eat a lot of veggies and salads.  Today is Day 9 for me and I'm not doing too bad.  I haven't had a stick since August 1st (patting myself on the back LOL).  I will check my local drug stores for help but hoping against hope that I won't need any.

    Still battling,
    Ladybug88

  14. lillian, quit coach
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    Hi ladybug88,

    Day 10 today! I am glad to see that it wasn't too bad yesterday, ladybug. You deserve the pats on the back. This a big change and definitely challenging so it is very important to treat yourself well and acknowledge it.

    The battles are tough but you will win the war,

    Congrats Ladybug 88!
  15. shazzan
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    Hi lithan44

    Congrats on your quit. I also quit cold turkey and even though i am smoke free 7 days now, i am reading Allan Carr's book to reinforce my commitment. Can't put the book down. I am hoping it is true that i will not have any further cravings, having banished the nicotine and its perverted mind altering legacy. My itches are mild (hardly perceptible as they are, but  it would  still be be reassuring to know they can no long exist and hold power over me. 
     
    What has been your experience regarding :the itch: after reading this book?
  16. atp
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    I'm a week into my quit. Last smoke was on New years eve. Went cold turkey after smoking a pack a day for 30 years. 

    I started with lozenges (Shoppers Life Brand 2mg) and alternated with the mist (Nicorette 1mg). 
    The lozenges were better for me to use. I found the mist a bit harsh, but I liked the mist mostly because it fit in my pocket, I could handle it like a lighter - gave me some comfort those first few days. 

    By Day 3 I was using NRT only a few times - didn't like the feeling. By day 4 I was off the NRT altogether. Just felt better to get the withdrawal done and over with. Out of a vial of 24 lozenges I have 14 left. Maybe used the mist 6 times at most. 

    Since I've been drinking lots of water, snacking and munching my way through a big bag of Nibs. 

    One week in and I am feeling much better physically. Just need to get over the mental habit now. 

    This is the first time I got this far into a quit. Just more determined this time. 
  17. shazzan
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    I totally agree onyx. Unless you reprogram your mind to be a non-smoker and break the hand to mouth habit, you will have difficulty even after quitting the nicotine addiction. That is why quit lines and learning about addiction and you is so very important to have a successful quit.
  18. shazzan
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    I quit smart turkey, and wouldn't change it for the world. Once educated and understanding about nicotine and you, then  you can accept the journey to becoming a non smoker. Some people have a very hard time proceeding knowing they can never have another cigarette. Until they can conquer that fear, and accept the journey for what the goal is... to not ever smoke. , they are defeating their own quits. The mind is a powerful thing. Once you have trained it to work for you, it is easy to quit. 
  19. jenna c, quit coach
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    Yes Shazzan, some people can quit cold turkey successfully and some need nicotine replacement therapy or medications to quit. In my opinion its the maintenance that is the most difficult stage of change. It's the positive self talk and reminding yourself that the cigarette is never an options nor something you need in your life. It's the other tools that you have built up in your box that are always the better choice when you ever think or try to convince yourself that you need one. ODAAT as you continue your journey of better health and reaping the benefits of quitting the longer you go.

    Never give up trying!

    jenna c, quit coach 
  20. atp
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    This is one of those threads with an awful lot of reads which says something about people preparing to quit trying to find the best method to do so. And there are a lot of methods. 

    As per my earlier post I started my quit using NRT's and a few days in went cold turkey. 3 months later I am proud to start calling myself a non-smoker. The choice to go cold turkey was done following a craving and I used the mist and it just made my throat sore and cough. I decided that If I was going to quit I needed to do it on my own and not transfer my addiction to something else 
    (NRT's) or prolong the nicotine in my body.  

    At the end of the day, the main thing is to do what works for you. The badge of pride and the reward is being able to say you quit. 

    I tried to quit many times before, mostly using nicorette gums and lozenges, a few times cold turkey. All ended in my smoking again before the first week was up. The difference for me this time was educating myself about the quitting process, joining this site (huge help for me), and being ready and determined. Those things matter more than anything else. Willpower. 

    If I had to say anything to someone getting ready to quit is that you really need to want it. After that the choice to go cold turkey (and get the nicotine totally out) or use NRT's is rally about what helps you get through the days and weeks ahead.  



  21. kate r, quit coach
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    atp,

    Thanks so much for sharing your experience with quitting and what ultimately made you decide to go cold turkey! As you said, the high number of views on this thread suggests that people are wanting to find the best method to quit, which we know can be an overwhelming experience.

    Quitting with products (NRTs or medications) or cold turkey are both valid ways to quit smoking. As a quit coach, I've heard people succeed using either method. It is very much dependent on the person, and there is no "right" way to quit. For that reason, is important to find out what works for you, and this may take some trial and error. The important thing is to not give up!

    Of course, we are here to support your quits, whichever method you choose!

    Sincerely,
    Kate R
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