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Posted in Quit experiences 19 Jul 2022
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After being smoke free for 13months, I started smoking again, its been 3 months of struggles. can't figure out why I can't get the desire back to quit and stay quit.

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  • Cuba July 19, 2022 | 9:51
    Hi blackjack,

    Can I suggest that you identify your own personal triggers that cause you to smoke. These are usually certain situations and the thoughts and feelings that go with it. Say you’ve had a stressful day and that can be a trigger. Write down what causes you to smoke and then prepare yourself for these times which might be often. You could have a healthy snack on hand or go for a walk? Anything you can think of to curb your cravings. Taking some deep breaths and saying Let Go on the outbreath also seems to help. Knowledge is power.
  • Liz87 , Western Sydney July 19, 2022 | 19:17
    13 months is a huge achevement:)
    That is longer than I have done so far. My longest was 11 months. I have been quite for 6 months and now my partner is going away for 2 weeks. I wish he wasn't going away as by him being here helps me stay on tract
  • Liz87 , Western Sydney July 19, 2022 | 19:17
    13 months is a huge achevement:)
    That is longer than I have done so far. My longest was 11 months. I have been quite for 6 months and now my partner is going away for 2 weeks. I wish he wasn't going away as by him being here helps me stay on tract
  • Ariel2121 July 22, 2022 | 13:36
    Hi Blackjack,
    No one who tries is a failure!
    Life throws us some amazing curve balls and it’s hard to stay afloat!
    13 months is amazing, I’ve got 362 days so far.
    I have had a few slip ups but still keep going.
    I have this mindset that even if I have slip ups I’m still a non smoker and breaking an awful daily habit.
    For you to achieve 13mths is phenomenal, 3 months of smoking is way less than that.
    You got this!
    So eat well/exercise you’ve done this before, you WILL do it again.


  • Happiness July 22, 2022 | 23:18
    I understand how you feel. Right now I cannot seem to get back to my "diet" and exercising routine. First, lack of energy with covid, a knee problem and other excuses. I am now gaining a bit and am determined to get rid of it. Time to say "Enough is enough". I don't want to return to the way i was.

    I am sure you will quit for good when you are ready. You know that you Can do it. What is better in your life now that you are smoking again???
  • Steve01 July 24, 2022 | 13:15
    Hi BlackJack {i wrote a song called black jack years ago) ... anyway, my brother quit for a year and took it up again for a while but eventually when he was back in the right head space, he quit again and as far as I know, has not smoked since. That was back in 2007.

  • Steve01 July 24, 2022 | 13:16
    Hi BlackJack {i wrote a song called black jack years ago) ... anyway, my brother quit for a year and took it up again for a while but eventually when he was back in the right head space, he quit again and as far as I know, has not smoked since. That was back in 2007.

  • Steve01 July 24, 2022 | 13:16
    Hi BlackJack {i wrote a song called black jack years ago) ... anyway, my brother quit for a year and took it up again for a while but eventually when he was back in the right head space, he quit again and as far as I know, has not smoked since. That was back in 2007.

  • Steve01 July 24, 2022 | 13:16
    Hi BlackJack {i wrote a song called black jack years ago) ... anyway, my brother quit for a year and took it up again for a while but eventually when he was back in the right head space, he quit again and as far as I know, has not smoked since. That was back in 2007.

  • Steve01 July 24, 2022 | 13:17
    Hi BlackJack {i wrote a song called black jack years ago) ... anyway, my brother quit for a year and took it up again for a while but eventually when he was back in the right head space, he quit again and as far as I know, has not smoked since. That was back in 2007.

  • Steve01 July 24, 2022 | 13:17
    Hi BlackJack {i wrote a song called black jack years ago) ... anyway, my brother quit for a year and took it up again for a while but eventually when he was back in the right head space, he quit again and as far as I know, has not smoked since. That was back in 2007.

  • uttercaro August 06, 2022 | 1:51
    I had a similar experience. I quit for fifteen months without a single slip, then foolishly bought a pack "to smoke just one or two" and of course it was off to the races. After two months of horrible guilt, expense, and rapidly deteriorating health, I laid them down again last month -- and I'm committed to not going back down that old road again, because it's just too hard on me. I hope that realization (or a similar one) comes to you, too.

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