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Well I never thought I'd be here again but life happens! Once again I've fallen off the bandwagon and this is attempt number six. Since 2015 I had quit successfully for over a year, then slipped up and started smoking again. I got it back together again and quit for 3 months leading up to covid, then during lockdown I slipped up and before you know it I was hooked once again. I became a secret smoker, I tried to hide it from my friends and family as I was ashamed and embarrassed. I used to hate the thought of people seeing me smoke. I hated the smell I hated the taste, I hated what it was doing to my health. I hated what my kids must think of me I hated everything about smoking but for some strange reason I just keep on going back there against my own better judgement. I came across a book by Allen carr (how to quit smoking without willpower) and wow I rad a revelation. I have completely changed my whole mindset on smoking and I didn't even realise how deluded I was. I though It was just a habit I couldn't kick until I realised I was literally a drug addict. I've stopped smoking 3 days ago and I've made a vow to myself and let my family know that I'll never go back to this horrible lifestyle again I hope everyone on this forum is having some success with Their quit smoking journey, it's been a long hard road for me and I can't wait till this mountain that's been in front of me all these years is far behind me and I can move on. I'm now 30 and If I quit now, my health should recover back to that of a non smoker by the time I'm 50. My advice to anyone new to quitting is once you have taken a vow to quit, never ever have 1 single cigarette. The future you will hate yourself for it down the track and it will only make you feel miserable. Educate yourself on addiction before attempting to quit and get it clear in your mind that smoking does nothing for you and you have everything to gain by getting rid of it.
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