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Cold Turkey or NRT

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  1. lillian, quit coach
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    28 Nov 2017
    29 Nov 2017
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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,

  2. buttingout2014
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    29 Nov 2017
    29 Nov 2017 in reply to lillian, quit coach
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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.

    My Milage:

    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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    29 Nov 2017
    30 Nov 2017
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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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    30 Nov 2017
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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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    29 Nov 2017
    04 Dec 2017
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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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    30 Nov 2017
    05 Dec 2017
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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...  


  7. clepage
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    30 Nov 2017
    08 Dec 2017
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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.
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