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  1. debsmellsgood
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    Hi
    I'm on day 6 and I am not feeling anything happy or positive.
    I just feel like an addict.  I need someone to talk to I think.
  2. sarah, quit coach
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    Hello debsmellsgood - congrats on day #6 of being smoke-free, though sometimes this point in the quit feels nothing like a celebration. But you've come to the right place- we have incredibly supportive community members who have been in a similar situation. What are you finding most challenging?
    Sorry you're finding it tough. Please also know if you'd like to talk to a Quit Coach, you can also contact the Smokers Helpline at 1-877-513-5333. We will be here until 9pm tonite, then back open in the morning starting at 8am.
    Take care
    Sarah
  3. debsmellsgood
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    Thanks. I don't know whats wrong or most challenging. I'm just really down.
    I wish cigarettes were sold in LCBO. I don't like feeling like an unstable addict.
  4. treepeo
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    Hi debsmellsgood,

    First, I want to congratulate you for your 6 smoke free days.  Way to go!

    I know it's not easy.  Not only do you have to resist cravings, but you also have to deal with withdrawal.  Your body was used to being bombarded with chemicals, so when you take them away, it doesn't know what to do with itself.  So often people feel tired, lethargic, dull, and down in the dumps.

    I tried to snap myself out of those feelings by keeping busy.  Sometimes I had to force myself to go out, or to get involved with something.  But keeping busy did seem to help my mood.  I also tried to be extra good to myself.  So I allowed myself extra time to play games on my computer, or I treated myself to take out so I wouldn't have to cook.  Anything to cheer myself up.

    The beginning of a quit is never easy, but hang in there, debsmellsgood.  It will get better over time.  And remember, you are stronger than your addiction.  Kick its butt, you don't need it any more.
  5. aurora
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    Hey Debsmellsgood

    Hope you got a chance to connect with someone.  I've smoked for 35 years and kicking that addiction can be really really tough.  There were times in my quit journey that I sat in a basement and just cried and cried, and didn't want to be around anyone.  
    There were other times when I was a cranky horrible mess, throwing temper tantrums like a child.  
    Nicotine and the other chemicals in cigarettes  cause an addiction, and a very strong one, at that.  
    There is no other way through it, but there is help.  Talking to people on the Smokers Help Line has helped me.  So has talking to people on these posts, and reading their experiences.  And  chewing gum with nicotine.  Sure, the first week was tough, with a 7 day headache, and sleepless nights while I am trying to work and parent and do life.  But I am so tired of being addicted.  The first 2 to 3 weeks were tough, and now I'm through the worst part - the physical withdrawal.  The emotional is tough too, and my mind is kicking in - reminding me about how good it felt at times to take that puff, how calming it was - coming through in my dreams.  the addiction is very strong! 
    Tell yourself to not give in, and not give up.  Remind yourself why you are quitting in the first place. It is taking your life, slowly, over time, and you are paying a high price for it.  You are strong, and you can get through it!  
  6. eagerquit
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    Good Afternoon Debsmellsgood,

    Congratulations on your success with 6 days smoke free. Give yourself a pat on the back.

    I know very well what you are going through. I am at smoke free day 23 myself and feeling very good about myself and my accomplishment. I occasionally have one of those nasty cravings but I keep myself very busy and they always do pass within minutes. I smoked for decades so it will take some time to get past the call of the addiction. I use the 4 D's to stay smoke free. They do work:

    Delay. The urge will pass whether you smoke or not.
    Deep breathe.
    Drink water.
    Do something to take your mind off smoking.

    Eagerquit

  7. nerak47
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    Top of the morning to you all, 

     Most of us on here have been long time smokers - changing that is bloody difficult,  for some of us,  that challenge is way harder and we don't quit in the same ways!  
    My initial 3weeks of quitting smoking made me so sick that in order to feel better,  my mind and body wanted to smoke and feel familiar again. My eyes were open to exactly how often I needed that smoke,  even when I was physically sick!!!!  At the time,  there was nothing pleasant about quitting for me - that is the addiction and that was my identity throwing that temper tantrum!  Smoking invaded every aspect of my life - as I continue to stay smoke free,  I am seeing just how big my life is! 
    This isn't my first try at quitting,  but dammit, this is my last try because I've worked hard to get 63 days in. Quitting is serious business; I've found s sense of humour goes a long way.. addicts we may have been,  but we don't have to be dull and boring ones
    nerak
  8. debsmellsgood
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    I've been smoke-free for six months!!!!!
    Since I am not very computer savy, I only just now saw the supporting posts and I regret not finding them before. Thankyou for being there, and maybe I just need them now. :)
    I am surprised how strong I now feel. I have no desire to smoke at all. Funnily the craving is still there. I want something.....and for me that may be the root.
    Hope all are well.
    Failing is motivational. That first cigarette you have after you have quit gives you them memories of terrible taste, dizziness and a flood of emotions. 
  9. jeyan
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    congrats debs on your quit!! Hang in there, the cravings will pass.   We've quitters all been through it.  It's a battle between your inner strengths and your addiction.  Stay strong and not let your addiction win.
  10. lillian, quit coach
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    Hi debsmellsgood,

    It is lovely to see your success. 6 months is a wonderful achievement!

    You have much strength to reach that milestone. I hope that you are rewarding yourself for this!

    As you know, the community is here and happy to help,
    Have a lovely smoke free day and congratulations!

    Lillian

  11. alexjw
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    I am brand new to this today and have 7 days without a cigarette and feel awful like I have the flu. I quit last year from October to Feb and then fell back into smoking. It's super hard and I know you can do this. I have been smoking for 30 years or more and my Mom lives with me and smokes so its really crazy sometimes. I just want you to know it will get better even though right now I feel awful and can't believe it myself 
  12. brieffree
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    Hello alexjw

    Welcome to the Helpline

    Congrats in 7 smoke free day's, I know is hard but you did Great, You were 7 days free, so one more is easier, just Distract yourself from the cravings.
    Drink water instead
    Hold it for few minutes and it will go away!
    You need to tell your Mom that you want to be smoke free! Maybe be She quits too!

    You need to focus in your rezone to quit! To build Confidence in yourself to keep it!

    We are here to support you all the way to freedom!

  13. craigjnachtegaele
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    dedsmellsgood... 7 months now for you...you are an inspiration for me and the rest of us for sure :)
    I am a mere 14 day's, but I am highly motivated and ready this time...I am feeling so much better inside, it is off-setting the nasty cravings that are becoming less and less severe...course the champix is likely helping with that...but I am doing this...I want to be in your spot posting that I've made it 6 moths...a year...forever!
    thank you for sharing your story :)

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