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Old 09-07-2020, 05:11 PM   #1
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Default 12 + years and I still want a smoke

I quit over 12 years ago for my kids, and promised myself that someday when they were grown, I'd be able to smoke again if I still wanted to. (Was the only way I could get myself to quit, leaving that opening) Problem is, every day feels like the first day without a cigarette. I've probably chewed 5X my weight in sugar free gum, eaten a giant tower of sugar free hard candy, etc. and I still want a doggone cigarette. I've never quit more than a year at a time before, bc as soon as temptation arises, I pick it right back up again. But this time I haven't given in, but I sure have wanted to.
I guess I'm just venting. I never had a physical addiction to the cigarettes - I'd forget to smoke all day if I was busy, could put them down for a weekend if I was visiting someone with asthma, etc. and had no withdrawal symptoms - but mentally/emotionally I'm just stuck.
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I admire you for quitting. I struggle so hard with it. I got sober 8 years ago and cant seem to quit the smoking. I have this fear of relapse combined with liking it and relying on it so much.
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I quit smoking 18 months ago because I read the book "How to Stop Smoking by Alan Carr". It really works I'd highly recommend it.
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I worked at a bar where there was second hand smoke and I craved a cigarette for a long time, I even smoked a couple while I was drinking. It's a powerful craving, but I never had more than a few and I stopped. I still want a drink after almost 7 years sober (it's more like 6), it's great you came here for support that can really help. It's been so long I'm sure you have something like a mindfulness exercise or hobby you usually do to keep yourself distracted from it. Whatever you're doing, keep doing it. Just believe in yourself.
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