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Illawarra Shoalhaven

Cold Turkey

Posted in Getting started 30 Jun 2013

I have been reading Allen Carrs Easyway to Stop Smoking, and I plan to quit today, It is something to celebrate. I have no illusions about the recovery journey, the big monster is the self talk, the brainwashing and I have a plan to combat this self talk by reframing into a positive message from my decision to quit.

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  • prettygirl, South Western Sydney June 30, 2013 | 16:30
    I also quit using allen carrs book. The best thing i loved about this method was the positivity and not using nicotine replacement. But i probably believe even more that everyone has a time to quit like a season and its available and a turning point in a persons life. All the best
  • Jatchat, Illawarra Shoalhaven June 30, 2013 | 16:57
    Yes it is very positive I have enjoyed reading it and it has given me some useful claims to meditate on. Congratulations on your quit.And thanks.
  • shirl, Mid North Coast June 30, 2013 | 17:01
    I planned to quit today but it didn't happen I am not going to give up trying I have to over come having the first one in the morning if I can do that I think it will be a start as the day goes on the temtation is not so bad if I keep busy
  • shirl, Mid North Coast June 30, 2013 | 17:26
    If anyone has any tips on how they coped with this
    I would appreciate it I am not allowed medication
  • Jatchat, Illawarra Shoalhaven June 30, 2013 | 18:11
    Try reading Allen Carrs Book, he advocates a medication free approach.
  • PrincessP June 30, 2013 | 20:15
    I cried a lot thats how I coped haha
  • Solo, South Eastern Sydney June 30, 2013 | 22:00
    Regardless of what method you choose I think there are two immediate factors:
    1 You mindset, determination is a key factor in this. If your will to quit is at the front of your thinking, you are ahead.
    2. On your quit day, you have no cigarettes ANYWHERE within reach, nor lighters, nor ashtrays or other reminders; you are quitting and therefore a NON-SMOKER...
    For me, it was finally time, and it was a matter of strength of will and the mantra, I do not smoke.
    It ain't easy, but the rewards are great. So go for it!
  • MargW, Hunter New England July 01, 2013 | 6:41
    I had a goal that didn't allow me to fail, I was put in a situation that didn't allow for me to have one. Backed myself into a corner and just had to do it. Hard extremely! Felt the illness from the dependants and had to readapt my thinking and pattern of behaviour.
    Glad I did as I use to give myself too many chances,then I didn't have a choice.
  • john_syd_west, Nepean Blue Mountains July 01, 2013 | 9:33
    I used hypnotherapy and found that I did not have the cravings. I still went through that period of feeling like crap but lack of cravings made it seem relatively easy. 7 weeks and going strong. Notwithstanding that I do agree with Sols mindset is of paramount importance. I had tried many times in the past to give up including using hypnotherapy and nothing was successful because I realize now I was deluding myself I WAS NOT COMMITTED. This time I am. So again whatever method you choose you have to be committed and ready.
  • humble July 01, 2013 | 18:45
    Hi I'm on my second attempt to quit cold turkey, positive thinking helps a lot. Look forward to your posts. SHIRLEY I found if I stayed up late the night before I quit then slept in late when I woke up I was more hungry than wanting a smoke.
  • Gammy, Hunter New England July 03, 2013 | 7:02
    Hi Jatchat, Congrats on your decision to quit smoking. The fact that you have made that decision and are determined is the better part of the goal.The road can be rocky for a while, but stay strong and focused and You'll put that filthy old smoking habit behind you where it belongs. Day by day, hour by hour, keep your guard up and of course you;ll do well..Good luck and keep posting xx
  • judyj, Illawarra Shoalhaven July 07, 2013 | 15:35
    hi - thank you for mentioning Allen Carr's book.
    I had been struggling for 3 weeks with patches then saw your post and purchased the book - what a difference - I used the patch instead of a cigarette and the end and named my nicotine craving "nigel"(?) so now when I have a craving or am agitated I simply tell nigel to go away - working wonders and today I stood and talked to a friend while she chained smoked and did not have the slightest need for one. thank you again

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