Well I've finally made it to my grand goal of 365 days (1 year) quit and still count each day free from smoking as a blessing. However, unlike Johnnies terrific goal kick last week on his first go at quitting (good onya again mate) , my quit ride has been suffered failures along the way. You know... one week, 4 weeks and 4 months quit etc, but I always managed to pick myself up to have another go.
So, if this is you, don't ever give up if you stumble along the journey. But, before re-committing to your next quit attempt, take your time to assess why you ended up back to prison and how you will deal with the cause / temptation next time around.
I joined this forum in 2014 as a 30 plus per day addict. In Australia today, smokes are a roughly a dollar a throw so that's roughly $11680 I have saved in one year not to mention 76440 mg of tar I haven't sucked into my lungs! I mean seriously... imagine laying out 10,950 cigarettes on your lounge room floor and deciding that over the next 12 months you're going to smoke all that! OMG !!!
The quit challenge has always been harder for me because I live with a chain smoker who leaves packs with a lighter out on the back table everyday. But I've survived that this time around and feel genuinely in control more than ever before. No, not out of the woods by any means, but able to negotiate situations far better and where the idea becomes a passing thought and not a road to another failure. My profile picture is of my own very last ashtray full of stubbed out stinky cigarette butts just to remind me of what I left behind each time I logon to this forum.
Along with inspirational messages from the great people in this forum, and having tried all other methods except hypnotherapy, Champix was without doubt my ultimate saviour in the end. While I truly admire those who have quit successfully cold turkey, in my circles, this just didn't work for me and I knew I had to rid myself of the physical addiction of nicotine (stop feeding the monster) while re-programming 37 years of a daily. stupid life controlling habit. Finally, I have.
Champix simply helped me get through the roughest parts of the first month and the overwhelming random craves that throw themselves in your face, out of the blue, in the 2nd and 3rd months. But it is just an aid... not a miracle cure and firm will power is still needed. Mine came this time from an accumulation of past failures and I'm not ashamed to say so.
For any of you out there using Champix, having used it a few times I can say its like taking antibiotics. When the doctor says, "finish the full prescription even if you think you feel better", the same applies to Champix... Go the full 3 months and even with 1 month extension if you need it. If I'd done that the first time around rather than thinking I'm ok now, I'd be here bragging about 3 years quit by now.
Thanks everyone for sharing all your stories and comments too which continue to help me navigate down a successful smoke free path.
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