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4 digits are looking good

Posted in Staying quit 14 Feb 2018

Congratulations Dobbin on 891 days. Paving the way for you and appreciate the fact you encourage me to remain 100 days ahead. You and I know this is not a race or a competition. Rather a fortunate experience to hook up within like minded individuals and shared the panic and the pain and the wins along wth our fellow quitters. I can only hope anyone embarking on this desire can relate to fellow quitters at their stage of a very important journey. Giving up the need to smoke is so important.

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  • Safe2017 February 14, 2018 | 23:41
    Hi Lia, Once an addict is always an addict. I accept that and I've learned the hard way that it's NOPE for me - not one puff ever. As a 40+ year ex smoker, I stopped smoking twice before, once for about 2 years and another time for about 1 year and each time I got too cocky and confident in my abilities. Each time, just to prove to myself that I had beat my addiction, I lit up and took just one puff and each time I was hooked again for 10+ years. I know it sounds stupid that to prove to myself that I had beat an addiction I picked up an addiction. However, we all do stupid things in life sometimes. In any case I am on my 3rd and final quit. I know that I am a nicotine addict. By gosh, for me quitting cocaine in the 80s was a breeze in comparison. Good luck to all of us. Stay strong. I appreciate your stories and support.
  • NotThisTime February 15, 2018 | 8:17
    Hi Safe2017, Thank you for sharing your story in Lia's comment section. Reading that you had made it to 1 and 2 years previously and were tricked into having a single puff gives me knowledge that will enable me to be proactive and constantly be on top of my quit. I will not let the thought that "I have beat this addiction" take over. If I had not read your story, I might have fallen victim when the nico demon decides to use this tactic with me. I am 14 months quit and continue to find it getting easier as each day passes.
  • Dobbin February 15, 2018 | 19:59
    Hey Lia. Countdown to your first millennium. A fantastic effort and I am confident I will always stay 100 days behind you. Other comments about just one puff being the fast track back to the addiction is so very true. I believe that being a ciggy addict is perennial but at present we have been given the choice to stay quit. Well done again.
  • Lia February 15, 2018 | 23:40
    Hi Dobbin. You are doing a great job just keeping that 100 day separation. I know I must keep doing what I am to keep "Margaret Thatcher" at bay. She is relentless in her efforts to sabotage this quest. Ours is a powerful pact to succeed. May all others on this site also enjoy basking in success.

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