06 Feb 2020
13 Oct 2020
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I know the thought of quitting can be overwhelming, especially because you know how bad cravings can get. That is why I agree with Efram about developing a quit plan.
Joe, I smoked for over 43 years. I had no idea how to go about quitting. Then I found this site. I did the questionnaires and gave some thought to how I wanted to handle my quit. Ultimately, I decided to go cold turkey. It wasn't easy, that's for sure. But it WAS doable. I did things to distract myself when the cravings hit. I read books, played video games, went out for walks, tried a new recipe. Anything to get my mind off of it. I also slept a lot, because you don't crave when you sleep. I drank lots of water, and changed up my routine. For example, I slept in a bit later each day, because I no longer needed extra time in the mornings to smoke before going to work (score!!!). And I logged into this forum numerous times a day to get support from my fellow quitters. This forum was a lifeline for me, and I know it was for others, too.
You can quit too, Joe. Just take it one step at a time. And if you have any questions or need some extra support, try talking to one of the quit coaches here. They know what it's like to go through the quitting process, and they can help guide you through the process. The important thing is to try. As long as you want to quit, it is possible to do it. Believe in yourself. You are stronger than your addiction.