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Withdrawals: What To Expect When Quitting

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  1. steven, quit coach
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    12 Sep 2018
    05 Jul 2019
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    Hello everyone,

    I thought it would be helpful/useful to share some information on Withdrawals and what to possibly expect when quitting smoking:

    Not all smokers experience withdrawal symptoms but most have some. Some have a mild form. A few smokers have severe withdrawal.
    Most of it is caused by nicotine leaving your body. Some of it may be psychological as you adjust to not smoking.
    Withdrawal may feel bad but it means that your body and mind are repairing themselves. You are getting healthy and un-addicted to nicotine.
    Withdrawal symptoms can be thought of as 'recovery' symptoms, a sign that your body and mind is repairing itself.
    Withdrawal usually starts a few hours after you stop and may peak in 2 or 3 days. You should begin to feel better after that. Some people get through it quickly, while for others it can take longer. It may feel bad, but it is seldom dangerous. Remember, most symptoms will go away in a while.
    If your symptoms persist for a long time then see your Doctor.

    If there is anyone else who would like to add to this discussion, perhaps it would be helpful (for those that have quit/currently going through the beginning of a quit) to share their experiences with withdrawals and how they got through them.

    -Steven (Quit Coach)
  2. atp
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    31 Dec 2018
    08 Jul 2019 in reply to steven, quit coach
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    Physical withdrawal can be a big challenge. That stopped me from quitting so many times over the years. Afraid of a little discomfort. 

    There's headaches, vomiting, not sleeping, being thirsty 24/7, shaking, being short tempered, etc. And in like 2-4 days the worst of that passes. I did my last quit cold turkey, so I suppose you can cut the edge by using NRT's or whatnot. At the time it is the worst feeling. But, and this is a huge but, the rewards are amazing.

    You need to want it - that's all. 

    I chose to focus on the positive changes. The smokers cough subsiding, breathing better, improved blood pressure (I went from having 140/90 for years to 112/75 within 5 days!), smelling better, being able to walk up a flight of stairs and not be wheezing, etc. 
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