Don't know how okay this topic is but I am looking for opinions, assertion, advice, stories...whatever! I recently decided to quit nicotine and have had quite a smooth experience with support from some family, thought though that it might be easier to go through the entire experience with people who have already been there or who are perhaps sharing the same experience...any thoughts are welcome!
I'm trying to quit smoking too. I did it once before cold turkey. It lasted for several months, but I cracked and started back up when my college roomate mentioned I was more chill when I smoked. Ha! When I started my first set of dread I switched from smoking cigarettes to vaping. I had been on 24mg of ejuice until about 6 months ago and I dropped to 12mg. This past month I dropped to 6mg, but realized I'm taking more drags off of it. Ha. I'm going through the ejuice much much faster. I'm thinking about placing the darn thing in another room so I'll have to put effort into taking a puff... idk. Haha. I'm hoping that I can train my body to adjust to the 6mg and then I might order some juice with no nicotine in it at all. I kinda have an oral fixation. I noticed I started biting my nails when I quit the first time. I guess I need something in my mouth? Lol. Idk really. I'm also trying to quit drinking. It's been 2 weeks and it suuuuuucks. Ha. One step at a time. I wish you luck in quitting sweetie.
Aah almost samesiez here...quit previously for about a year then when at college everyone smoked between classes and I couldn't resist...tried vaping too recently but I just enjoyed the burn of actual smoking way more...especially when drinking. So this time I just decided to not stock up on tobacco and see how it goes, thought if I could just get through a beer session without freaking out I'd be fine...its been a week now and yesterday was a bit intense, cravings I guess? I'm not willing to stop boozing though...one vice at a time! Hehe. Exercise helps ride out the crave waves, well what I think are cravings anyway...
I have a love/hate relationship with alcohol. Ha. I'm one of those who can't just have one. If I knock back a brewski, I keep going until I pass out (and it takes a lot to make that happen... lol) I always tell myself I'm trying to quit but after a week or so I'm completely bored and back at the liquor store or gas station to get my fix. Several weeks back I had a panic attack (I'm bipolar with high anxiety btw), but the attack was different from others I've had in the past. My brain felt completely numb and one section in the back of my head was throbbing and other weird shit. Once I calmed down from the panic attack ended the pain in my head continued to the following day which freaked me out. It was late at night when all this went down so I typed in my symptoms in WebMD and convinced myself it was a possible brain aneurysm! (Paranoid much? Lol). So the following day I go to see a physician. She told me my blood pressure was near stroke/heart attack levels and wanted to do some blood work. The next day they call with the results and said my liver enzymes were double what they should be and wanted to do an ultrasound. I'm strapped for cash and told them not to schedule anything. I looked online and found ways to lower the enzyme numbers and quitting alcohol was at the top of the list. Soooooo.... I kinda have to quit. So sorry for the long story. Ha! I haven't even told my family that stuff. They are constantly worrying about me and I hate to cause them any stress. Feels good to tell someone
Wow that's terrible to hear! Cannot imagine how it must feel though...don't think I'd be able to handle that. I once thought I had a mini stroke or something after a week of binge drinking and chain smoking...so can relate to the slight hypochondria/paranoia...but it seems your worry was with good reason. I suppose it would be possible to try and live a healthy lifestyle but still be able to indulge? Moderation is a weird bitch to master...
I've recently quit drinking alcohol. In fact, 2/28 will be exactly a year. I think I quit alcohol for good but I'm not gonna say that and put that pressure on myself...so my drinking-self is in a coma...hehe.
I also quit the daily habit of smoking cigarettes a long time ago, but I admit to smoking (someone else's smokes) every so often. I believe I've trained my brain to not make it a pack and half habit like before but again, smoking coma...hehe.
Anyhow, the way I found to quit or lessen the frequency of the two is by cutting any "associations" with each. For example, I use lit up after a meal or when I got in the car or when I had a drink, etc. I recognize those associations so when they happen I could break them or substitute for them. If I wanted a smoke after a meal, I grabbed a toothpick instead. That kind of thing.
I would drink heavily when a certain friend of mine and I went out. For the first three months, I didn't hang with him in any situation where drinking could present itself. Using @katune's example, she was bored and got to drinking. If that were me, I'd find another way to kill boredom or make sure I'm not bored...hehe.
All easier said than done...and I think everyone's gotta find their way...that's just mine.
Good luck and I hope you find what fits for you!!!
Congrats on that one! And alcohol is such a boredom cure though! It'd be so kak if i couldn't have a beer or two at a restaurant while waiting for my food! But also true about the association of the habit...my issue with the smoking was alcohol mainly so i still struggle a bit when we drink but not nearly as much as expected. Other than that I can't sit still for extended periods of time and have to get up and do something else. Now instead of lighting up I'd jump around, snack, play a quick game or check out this forum and fb 😊
The drinking buddy I have is my hubby though and we have six quarts between us every evening while cooking and winding down...its a ritual we both look forward to during the day, as weekends don't mean much. I can't imagine letting that go but I guess it wouldn't hurt to *clears throat* "drink in moderation" and not finish every last drop...
I sort of go all or nothing. Went for a few weeks of no booze and associated bad habits then ruined it at the weekend. Well yesterday too. My eyes are bloodshot red. So I better stop again. But it is just out of boredom. I play music and then it seems to be inviting a few beers.... that become many beverages. On my best behaviour now for a few weeks.
Oh yeah, my blood pressure was through the roof. Just stopping boozing makes a big difference. And there are so many calories in alcohol it's making me fat. It's a bad vice. I'd much rather be spaced out on magic plants in a wood. But I only do that once every few years. I drink loads of lemon juice. That's pretty good at detoxing your organs. Lots of hot lemon. I just flood my system with it for days. I'd probably be dead if I didn't.
I did have an anger management problem and this was 10 years ago.I did get help from a therapist and learned how to control it right.Amazed I am a lot better and learned to do it right.One was walk away and cool down,I do this a lot.It did cost me a relationship although the law never did involved.I do admit I did put it towards my 2 sons as well and they are glad I did get help for it to this day.