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Posted in Quit experiences 09 May 2018

I've been doing well with quitting. Even had to stop alcohol, as every time I drank I'd end up smoking again. Problem is I've begun playing pokies to relieve stress. I'm either at work or at home cleaning and it feels like it's just a neverending workload without a break. A few months ago I'd have a cuppa and smoke when stressed or even go out to a club etc and have a few drinks, smokes and dance my cares away but now it's nothing but work, work, work. I've found on my days off, when I'm fed up with cleaning, mowing, washing etc I've been going to the club and sitting relaxing and playing pokies. I LOVE it and they have free coffee and biscuits etc so it is like a day out but I'm blowing all my spare money. I need something close to home and fun to do to which can provide me with some relax time.

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  • Red-67 May 10, 2018 | 6:33
    HI :)
    For me, it was best to only change one thing, the smoke.. I kept all my normal routine. I went out on the deck, and had my coffee, or after dinner bourbon. In the beginning, I would stick my nose in the coffee, and really inhale the smell. I was surprised at how easy it was, to just not have the smoke. The thing that helped me the most, was that I had made up my mind, that I did NOT WANT to be a slave to a cigarette, any longer, before I had the last one. If you really let yourself see the stupidity of it, it becomes something you just can't do any more.. Yes, there was 3 weeks of withdrawal, but I have not craved, or wanted a smoke from the beginning.. It can work for you too :)
    I also kept a pack, lighter, and ashtray, right by me, so from the beginning, it was something I did not want, not something I could not have. It really is just a mind game, and you can take control, and win your freedom :)
  • Kramo May 10, 2018 | 7:36
    I agree Red. I did everything I used to do...but smoke. It was WAY easier than I thought it would be because I was SICK of smoking. Didn't want it, so within days...I didn't crave it. I still love my bourbon in moderation.
  • Lbeth May 10, 2018 | 9:42
    Be careful not to exchange one addiction for another. Have you discussed this with your GP? Also there is a group called SMART recovery, I haven’t attended but know some who have and they have appreciated this group which apparently looks at all forms of addiction, it’s also something other than work and chores, so may be a positive there too.
  • Robn May 10, 2018 | 15:22
    You could try getting a hobby, something that you can do at home or within a group. You will spend money on your hobby but will have something to show for it....and be proud of.....and it will filll many hours with pleasure. I do lead lighting, when I feel the need I go and spend time with really helps.
  • una May 20, 2018 | 12:55
    Today I have decided to finally give up this shocking habit.I feel guilty when I smoke and I am sick of it .
    Had success with champix a while ago ,however a stressful time made me pick up a smoke again.
    Trying willpower this time.

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