29 Nov 2017
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It is great that you have learned how you inadvertently sabotage yourself by thinking you can go off the NRTs at an early stage. I have always told people here that I see absolutely nothing wrong with using NRTs. In fact, they have been a lifesaver for many, many people.
One thing that used to really tick me off was that I was told, "Just quit." Like I could snap my fingers and magically make that happen. I mean, get real. So I am really, really happy that we now have sites like this one that take into account all of the difficulties encountered when quitting smoking. I found the information here really helped me to both prepare for and to cope with all of the challenges I faced when I decided to quit. And so many people have shared their experiences with NRTs, what worked for them, and what didn't. And my take is that using NRTs is not a sign of weakness. It is a sign of strength. It means you realize how hard it is to quit, and so you get the help you need to first quit, and then to stay quit. That is what NRTs are made for, and I think it is smart to use them.
So don't worry about that, Ocean. Keep going on your path to health, and give yourself credit for having the guts to embark on this journey. You should be really proud of yourself, and I am rooting for you.