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Cravings, Withdrawal, and Avoiding Slips / gradual withdrawal info while decreasung

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TreepeoOct 30, 2017 @ 10:29 PM
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Hi Efram,
 
I just wanted to say that you raised a really valid point.  Withdrawal equals healing.  I think that anyone going through withdrawal right now will find it really helpful to keep this in mind.
 
And Ocean, you know yourself best.  The tracker seems to be working well for you.  You are moving in the right direction. 


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OceanOct 30, 2017 @ 7:13 PM
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Hello Efram,  I'm going for the slow, gradual withdrawal burn.  I get too overwhelmed when it gets intense, and goes on well beyoond the 2 or 3 day period, which is my past history.  I just get tired out and lose motivation by the third month, it seems.  So this quit, I'm taking my time because I don't want to waste all of that energy and end up run down and weary.
 
As the others have mentioned, there is a hell of a lot more than withdrawal going on.  Trying to keep busy and distracted takes a lot out of me after a sustained period of time.  Maybe I suffer from the perfectionist tendancies and go so far overboard in quitting (in the past), that I burn out.  So I'm resisting using those same strategies this time.  I'm taking it one hour at a time, instead of racing to keep myself occupied.
 
And I scored 3/10 in the smokers confidence test a few weeks ago!  So I'm putting some pressure to reduce (first non-smoke breaks at work today!), and just keep as calm as possible while I plug away.  Getting overwhelmed gets me nowhere.  
 
But I do want to know that I'm getting rid of part of the nicotine addiction as I decrease.  Because it really helps to know that I'm not as dependent on 25 doses a day.  I expect to feel stronger several days after a decrease.  A huge part of smoking isn't really about the nicotine, I feel.  I smoke to cope,  I smoke to avoid grunt housework chores, I get that stimulant buzz off cigarettes,I'm not analyzing myself so intensely when I just smoke regular .  And I don't have to plot and prod my way through the hours as I do now, with my timer, and tracker, and counting, etc....
 
I'm really living up to my quote:  By the inch it's a cinch. 
 


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Efram, ModeratorOct 29, 2017 @ 9:07 PM
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Hello,

Excellent topic, Ocean, thank you! Also: great job cutting down! Keep up the good work! 

You said that you "do want to go through withdrawals," which is interesting. I'd love to hear the reasons why, if you'd like to share them.  

Like Vix1976 mentioned, the gradual approach can make withdrawals more manageable. On the other hand, cutting down can prolong the process and make the withdrawals last longer. To each their own.

Doingitforme, you're halfway through your first week! Yes, it helps to remember this is temporary. Withdrawals typically come to a peak around day 3, 4, or 5. Since today was so tough, it may help to use the inhaler more often (per the instructions, you can use up to 12 cartridges per day, and it's usually recommended to use a minimum of 6 cartridges per day to start). 

And withdrawals = healing, so for anyone reading this who's having withdrawals right now, it may not feel like it, but you are getting stronger and healthier with each passing day! 

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doingitformeOct 29, 2017 @ 7:27 PM
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Hey Ocean. I can totally relate to what you are concerned about. I am actually going through those symptoms right now.
Last smoke was Thursday at 530 or 630...can't remember which. Since then I have been having some slight symptoms of withdrawal. Mainly is was restlessness, but today was a tough one. I was REALLY wanting a smoke. Like to the point that if I was to see an old butt on the driveway I was almost tempted to pick it up and see if I could get it lit. But then I remembered that these feelings were only going to be temporary and that if I gave in to it today, then I would have to start from the beginning again. And I don't want to do that. So I grabbed my inhaler, had a couple of puffs on that and got back to raking my leaves. And unlike last year, I am not coughing as I am doing this work outside. 
The main withdrawal symptom that I am having trouble with is my irritability. Doesn't matter how small of a problem something might be, I am inclined to go off like a firecracker about it. I know that eventually this will go away, but right now it is difficult because in the past I could always just go outside and have a smoke. Not doing that now has been a bit of a strain. I need to find a way in which I can release that stress that is not going to be detrimental to everyone around me.
So don't worry about what you are going to be feeling when you reach that quit date. Concentrate on your reducing plan right now and take it one day at a time. If you can stay on track with your reducing, eventually your body will get used to not having it and it won't be as bad as you are thinking it will be. 
Vix1976Oct 29, 2017 @ 12:14 PM
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Hi ocean Those sound all like withdrawal symptoms to me which is going to happen being that you are cutting back. I don’t think it can be avoided but by decreasing like you are the symptoms aren’t as strong and more managable. Naps are a great way to cope with it and when you’re sleeping you can’t smoke so bonus! Keep up the good work.

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OceanOct 28, 2017 @ 9:12 PM
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Hi Jennifer, I was hit with sleepiness all day, sinus stuffiness, foggy.  I'm not complaining, lol!  I was able to nap a really deep nap.  But I've only had 5 cigarettes today.  I don't want to shock my system too suddenly, but I do want to go through withdrawal.  If that makes sense?
 


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Jennifer, Quit CoachOct 28, 2017 @ 7:48 PM
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Good Evening Ocean,

You are certainly doing an awesome thing by cutting down gradually! Cutting down gradually does help to ease the severity of withdrawal symptoms, you may feel withdrawal but because you won't be jumping down from say 25 cpd, those symptoms should feel less intense. 

Are you feeling any withdrawal at this time? How are you cutting down? Using any NRT or medication? 

Glad you've come by and hope to see you posting again soon!


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NewoportunityOct 28, 2017 @ 6:26 PM
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Hi Ocean
 
About that, I have no idea personally, same times I coif like I never quit,  but I quickly get back on truck, my brief is so much better, I can speck and so with out coiffing. I can run and so...
 
Only my sleep did not improve, I still woke up so early morning about 3.30 am when I can sleep till 7am. I identify why and go back to bed.
 
And I can not deny that I am a bit Sensible and I must admit Angry. However I manage that. Because the People do not know that I quitting smoking.
 
I guess is a for a wile till I finally stop thing about go and by smokes.
 
You can have idea, is not the end of the world.
 
I have really clear and still thinking that smoking is Bad for me. How ever, because how I use to smoke; Now I paid the consequence.
 


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OceanOct 28, 2017 @ 2:15 PM
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Hi, I'm looking to find information about withdrawal symptoms as one decreases the number of cigarettes per day.  I just searched the web, and could only find witdrawal symptoms once someone has completely quit smoking actual cigarettes.  As you know I've gone from 25 to 11 cigarettes a day in the past 2 weeks, and I'm looing for what to expect now, this day, at this stage of my quit plan.
Thanks,
Ocean 


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