29 Nov 2017
29 Dec 2017
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You are absolutely right. Wanting to do something and having to do something are two different things. And it definitely makes a difference in how we handle things. For example, someone I know got cancer and felt she had to quit smoking, so she did. But once she beat the cancer, she started smoking again. She told me she never wanted to quit, but felt she had to quit. Fast forward a couple of years, and now she has quit again, but this time, it is because she wanted to quit.
Having said that, think about why you don't want to quit. You say you have no willpower. So is it because you are afraid you won't be able to do it? Are you worried about withdrawal symptoms? Are you scared of going outside your comfort zone?
I know that I had all sorts of reasons for why I told myself I didn't want to quit. But really, what it boiled down to was that I was addicted and I was afraid of going through withdrawal. And I will be honest, it wasn't fun. But it was doable, and I did it. And it was the best decision I have ever made.
We are lucky these days, because there are various NRTs available which many people have found extremely helpful. There is also this site, which provides really good info on how to go about quitting. And of course, there is this forum for additional help and support.
Give it some serious thought, Leebeau. Ultimately the decision is yours to make.