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Faerie (August 24, 2010, 12:32:37 PM):
I want to quit, as in seriously, but I'm being hampered by years of failed attempts, tried almost all the gadgets on the market, aside from Hypnosis, which seems dodgy to me. Anybody here tried it or know somebody personally that had success with it? Going cold turkey is like having permanent PMS which is not a pretty sight or experience.
GCG (August 24, 2010, 12:46:37 PM):
two words: negative association.
say like, you have a fag in your mouth, and you step in nice, steaming dog shit. forever, when you stick a fag in your mouth, you will think of the juice dog crap squishing through your toes.

so, what you do, you get two class bottle, fill one halfway with water, the other you make a piggy bank.
next time you have a fag, you put R5 in the piggy bank. when you smoke your ciggy, you ash into the bottle with water, and then drop the stompie in there as well.
next fag, you drop 5 bucks into the piggy bank. open the water bottle, and take a nice, deep smell.
continue on like this.
soon enough, the bottle with money will be full, and your water bottle will smell like absolute crap.
you give the money to a charity, or your kids, or your s/o, and your not allowed to get anything from that money for yourself. you are allowed to count the money and feel like a douche.
so whenever you want to light up, you will want to retch, because the cigarette smell will you remind you of the smell from the water bottle you have to partake in, and you will be mif cause you are losing another R5.
allso, you need to break your habits.
instead of having a fag when you wake up. isntead, brush your teeth immediatly. so everytime you would traditionally have a fag, after a meal, etc, do something that freshens your mouth instead. chew gum for instance. drink a nice fresh juice.
then you need something to keep your hands busy with. i found a ball of prestik works like the bomb. coa you are used to having your hands busy with your fag.

problem is, if your s/o is a smoker, chances are you wont be able to quit, he's your enabler. while he keeps on smoking, you have very little chance of persevering.
BoogieMonster (August 24, 2010, 14:06:43 PM):
Faerie read my mind. I'm a cold-turkey guy, even though it sucks, I can't get over the tackyness of any other method. I know that weaning yourself off of nicotine is no option. I've read (but not confirmed) that any amount of nicotine will trigger the complete, full blown addiction your brain is used to. This is why, one fag, and you're hooked again. Also why weaning never helps, people simply are punishing themselves over a longer period and thus fail. I've stopped smoking for a number of years by going cold turkey. One I was having an absolute shitty day, my car had trouble, I walked into the service station I'd pulled into, bought a single cig. And boom, I was hooked all over again.

After that I quit again, with much more severe withdrawal than the previous time, why this is I'm not sure. Anyway, that lasted 2 weeks, until I went out for a drink, or five, and it was all over. I'm planning on doing it again in 2 weeks - been mentally preparing a while now, and breaking my routine up purposefully; and I know it won't be a lick of fun, so I'm planning out a w/e to sleep as much as possible (no withdrawal when you sleep).

What I find difficult is that the people around me just can't be supportive. I'm tearing my hair out, pulling paint off the walls, and their reaction to this is: "Good! Atleast you're not dying of cancer! Get some!". This is not the kinda feedback I need when I'm walking the edge of reason already. I'm sure they mean good to dissuade me from going back, but what they're actually doing is shouting "THIS IS SPARTA!" and kicking me straight down the well.

So, Faerie, good luck. Doing research on this stuff before I quit always helps. It inspires me to just go and read what the stuff is doing to my body, and I make a point to notice the effect it's having on my skin, fitness, etc.

Faerie (August 24, 2010, 14:37:03 PM):

. I'm planning on doing it again in 2 weeks - been mentally preparing a while now, and breaking my routine up purposefully;

Also been doing that "mental preparation" thing...
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What I find difficult is that the people around me just can't be supportive. I'm tearing my hair out, pulling paint off the walls, and their reaction to this is: "Good! Atleast you're not dying of cancer! Get some!". This is not the kinda feedback I need when I'm walking the edge of reason already. I'm sure they mean good to dissuade me from going back, but what they're actually doing is shouting "THIS IS SPARTA!" and kicking me straight down the well.

YES!!! A FREK, Its got the opposite effect of support, I usually lift an eyebrow, flip a mental middle finger and go get myself a smoke, and light it in their house just to piss them off.....

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So, Faerie, good luck.

Thanks, you too.

:-\
GCG (August 24, 2010, 14:51:31 PM):
i have no idea what you okes are going through, since i havent smoked a day in my life. i have never had an addiction to anything.
so i can only give moral support to you two. good luck, and vasbyt. ;)

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