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Hunter New England

6th time quitter

Posted in Quit experiences 30 May 2021

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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  • Jessfreeof, Northern NSW May 30, 2021 | 19:37
    Great post and well wishes on your smoke free journey
  • softly40, Mid North Coast May 31, 2021 | 9:37
    Welcome back Caleb, it is so good to hear you have read something to help you change your perspective about smoking and the harm it does in many ways. The revelation of being a drug addict struck home to me too.

    That most insidious of all monsters is "Nicotine" which keeps you hooked to it when you have that "one cigarette" ......Practice NOPE (not one puff ever) every day or every minute if you have to. Keep on reading our posts and other literature to help you help yourself. We are all here to give you support.
  • Robn May 31, 2021 | 13:52
    Hey Caleb, it doesn’t matter how many quits are behind you....this one is today and make it count. The only thing making anyone want their next the last cigarette they had. It feeds upon itself. Happy to hear you have changed your mindset around smoking and can now see it for what it really is. You got day at a time.
  • caleb, Hunter New England May 31, 2021 | 16:31
    Thanks everyone, for all the supportive comments! It's now day 4 for me and I'm positive this is the last time... It actually hasn't been that hard to quit this time around!
  • Happiness June 01, 2021 | 5:03
    7 is a lucky number. I hope it is for you too. You can do this and find the mindset to stay willpower necessary!
  • Robn June 01, 2021 | 11:23
    Hey is easier this time because you have come to the decision that you REALLY don’t want to smoke anymore. The mind is the most powerful tool we have.
    With the right mindset we can do whatever we want to. Keep going, you are doing great

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