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Hello, I’m back after almost seven years

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  1. dahlia
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    Hello! Never in my life I’d thought that I’d slip so badly. While I’m trying not to beat myself up I feel really bad. I quit in 2012 and it’s been almost seven years when I didn’t smoke. So now I’m back. I’m starting Champix and pray it will be just a hiccup. It’s been two months since my first puff and I realized that this addiction once again got my in its claws. So hello again everyone! 
  2. eagerquit
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    04 Sep 2018 in reply to dahlia
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    Hi Dahlia,

    Smoke free for nearly seven years is a remarkable achievement. Way to go! I am sorry to hear about your slip after all that time. Your previous smoke free experience will serve you well in this return to non-smoking. I had a similar experience myself and it didn't take long at all for the addiction's claws to dig into me too. I have now been smoke free for nearly six months and I am very much enjoying the escape from addiction's grasp. We have to remember the acronym N. O. P. E. (not one puff ever).

    I will look forward to your posts as you continue your journey.

    Eagerquit

  3. brieffree
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    Hi Dahlia

    Happy to hear 7 years smoke free, but sad to hear you relapse, so make a plan and start new quit!

    I know you can do it! we are here for you!
  4. jenna lee, quit coach
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    Hi Dahlia,

    Congratulations on preparing for your quit again with champix and for reaching out here for support with smokershelpline.ca. Relapses happen (unfortunately) but you have a great attitude about it! Not letting that impede on your future efforts in quitting again. We can all relate, as eagerquit stated.

    We are looking forwarding to hearing your updates,

    Jenna Lee
  5. bette60
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    04 Sep 2018 in reply to dahlia
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    My experience is somewhat similar, quit in 2007, until 2013, then went back for 5 years and now just starting to quit again. I'm only 6 days in, but feeling reasonably confident, hopefully we are both successful again. I think coming back to the helpline is a great first step.
  6. treepeo
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    Hi dahlia,

    So sorry to hear you slipped, but I'm not surprised.  This is one really powerful addiction and it seems it never wants to let us go.  We have to fight like hell to hold on, but we all have moments of weakness, so please don't ever beat yourself up for this.  You are human just like the rest of us.

    I have heard good things about Champix so I hope you find it helpful.    And remember, you quit before, so you can quit again.  Remember the freedom you experienced as a non-smoker.  I think that alone is worth fighting for.

    You can do this dahlia.  Lean on us, and we will help you along the way.
  7. dahlia
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    Thank you so much for the support. I read all of the comments few times thinking really deeply about your suggestions and your own personal input. I will print it as well to get back to it on my way to work siting on the subway. It means a lot as it always has been in the past. the perspective of someone else is always a big help and it makes it possible for me to step back, think about it and gain new approach. Thank you again, your help is greatly appreciated. On a second note: I haven't been feeling well for almost a week and this morning I went to see my doctor. I was suspecting a bad cold that lingered for too long. Apparently I have a pneumonia. It looks like my body is telling me exactly what to do. There are no coincidences in life....
  8. dahlia
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    Just a quick update: I quit two days ago. Someone here said: maybe it will be as easy to quit as easy it was to start. While I am very confident I am still extremally careful and made a rule of not having smokes in our house. Thank you again for all the support.
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