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not sure which NRT

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  1. tiny2018
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    I thought that had thought it out quite a bit as I really need help with fighting the cravings during the day rather than have a full blown craving hit me and have something to help then as kind of know myself and it is hard when am in the middle of a big craving to grab something and use it then but as I tried as my quit date was today I put on the patch and was doing well then it came out of nowhere a big craving and I tried to delay and refocus my thinking so wasn't thinking about cigarettes but it was too much by itself and wasn't expecting that would happen. Does anyone have any ideas on what might help or things that might help with this situation that I wasn't expecting?
  2. kate r, quit coach
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    Hi tiny2018,

    First, congratulations on taking the first steps in your quit journey by planning a quit and trying a quit aid. It sounds as though the patch was helpful for a period of time, but that you still experienced a really strong craving. Now, from what you've shared, I am unsure whether you smoked, but there are definitely things that might help with this kind of situation in future. It is also a great sign that you are addressing how you are feeling now; it demonstrates your commitment to quitting!

    Finding something else to keep your mind occupied and delaying are both great strategies. It is hard to do this sometimes! We would definitely encourage you to continue to try these in the future when you are craving.

    Combination therapy might be a good option for you (such as using the NRT patch with NRT gum). There are five different forms of NRT all available over-the-counter, and pharmacists could help you decide what might be best for you. You can also learn about the various NRT products on our website by clicking My quit plan when signed in and then navigating to I am ready to quit.

    If you have any further questions, you can call 1-877-513-5333 and speak to a quit coach.

    - Kate R

    Last modified on 24 Mar 2019 15:29 by kate r, quit coach
  3. tiny2018
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    I did smoke and feel real bad about it.  I have gone over it and tried to think as to what I could do during that time, morning, so as it will help with the slip I had this morning. I decided that I need to definitely change up my morning routine so as the regular routine I do every morning will not trigger any cravings whether they be habiltual cravings or one that triggers a physical craving. like when get up and ready for my day instead of sitting with a coffee watching tv after am done getting ready making some  tea and not watch tv but instead come here and read the posts and posts so as to change my routine but feel when reading some support and ideas with cravings or anything so to help not only during my morning but the day. I am going to try to spend less time during the day sitting in my chair and watching tv. when I do get the repetitive thinking about cigarettes read or move around or play with my cat. any stress that I tend to have quite a bit during the day every day and I have always had issues being able to deal with them I will write things down in a journal. the combination therapy is a good idea. I went to go  over the NRT choices and I am thinking that with the patch that the gum will be really helpful to me. will talk to the pharmacist to help me decide which strength. am going to use. I am reseting my quit date and am going to put the patch on tomorrow morning after getting ready as I do feel good about the new ideas I have that can help me when I run into this again. 
  4. kate r, quit coach
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    Hi tiny2018,

    The fact that you felt bad shows you care about this quit and are wanting to stay smoke-free. Slipping and relapses are a normal and common part of the quit journey; we learn from these experiences and can make the necessary adjustments next time. You have already identified changing your morning routine to avoid some of those triggers could be helpful. That's great! Journalling is also an excellent response to stress.

    Hopefully a conversation with a pharmacist about products will further increase your confidence going into this next quit. 

    You can do this!

    - Kate R
    Last modified on 24 Mar 2019 23:32 by kate r, quit coach
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