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Nicotine gum at 90 days while I was cold turkey before

Posted in Quit experiences 01 Nov 2019
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I am smokefree for about 119 days. I was having trouble far into quitting and got into nicotine gum. It works with cravings better than patches, I believe. Although there are some side effects like vivid dreams, I don't mind. Smoking was hard enough with that, especially when caffeine was involved and harsh day-to-day experiences.

It is so good to be smokefree at 119 days though. I was laughing and waving my arm in the air just thinking about that. It is good and fulfilling to hit a goal. I am so capable now, I feel, to do what I need to do to have a good life with people around me who care. The doctors understand too which is the nicest thing. I feel, about doctors, like they just know when to go ahead and be a doctor. I have never run into one who was even slightly abusive or harassing in my life and for that, I am grateful. Or even nurse. Basically anyone involved in my doctor's office. I must be the rudest one... It is just funny. Not everyone has this experience.

There are things in the mix that made it better to try than before, such as my own motivation, plus I could feel it nagging at my health. It could seem like before it was completely an itch that could never be scratched and the fix could never really work out. I have no memories of that now. Like I am chewing on nicotine gum now, but I desire nothing else than gum.

I do not desire anything else than a general peaceful sense of area and a spontaneous something to happen. Like I would just like for myself to BE spontaneous for once in a long time. Quitting smoking was kind of spontaneous, but the way I saw it, it really wasn't. I can't think about it because then it wouldn't be spontaneous. I just feel awesome. I encourage people to quit for good because it is just healthy. Also your mentality and mental 'status' just gets better. And you will get through the side effects of quitting. They only last a while. Remember the cravings are the worst part of it and really only disastrous part that could ruin the whole thing.

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  • Happiness November 02, 2019 | 1:27
    Hello again r.m.d. First off, i would like to congratulate you on your 119 days smoke free. That is quit the achievement and you should be very proud of yourself. It goes to show that if you really want something you can find a way to do it.

    Thankfully you turned to an aid to assist you when the times got rough. You did not allow the urge to pick up smoking again control you. You seem to value a good and healthy life above all else. Although it is nice to be spontaneous on occassiion , your desire to be so seems to me to have taken you down the wrong path in the past. Choosing a path and sticking to it is the proper course of action for most people.

    You seem to be in a much happier place these days. Although I don't mean to harp on the mindset, it is something you still need to work on as regards to this journey to being a non-smoker. Using Nicorette gum is a far better choice than smoking, but it is still nicotine. I hope you are reducing its use in the near future (perhaps with regular gum) until you can step off of it and be nicotine free again as well as smoke free. Some people have addicted themselves to the gum, so just be aware and careful.
    Wishing you all the best r.m.d. You're doing great and we are here if you need further help.

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