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Quit 5,671 days ago
Repost: Take Steps to Prevent Relapse
While it is true that many people take more then try to quit (myself included), relapse does NOT have to be part of your quitting story.
Take smoking off the table as an option in your life. I got here by refusing to smoke and asking for help lots.
Quitting is doable.
Take action today to prevent a relapse
From Keep Quit by Terry Rustin
Recovering smokers are most vulnerable to relapse in the first week after quitting. At that point, their nicotine level has dropped to zero and they are beginning to feel the symptoms of withdrawal. These symptoms - irritability, difficulty concentrating, mood swings, insomnia, and craving for a cigarette - build in intensity. Research shows that 25% of people who quit smoking relapse within the first 2 days; an additional 25% relapse during the next week. By the end of the first year, 88% have relapsed. Each year thereafter, a certain percent return to smoking - even 20 years after quitting.
Did you think about smoking again in the first 2 days after you quit? In the first week? Now that you have not smoked for several weeks, you have made it past the most critical period. That's the good news. The bad news is that you are still at risk for relapse - and always will be. Therefore, you must do something positive every day to stay clean and free.
Take action today to prevent a relapse. When did you have the time and the opportunity today to do work on your recovery, but chose to do something else? Are you willing to make a commitment to yourself and to your future to take every opportunity to make progress during this next week?
Last reply: July 28 @ 10:35 am
  • M
    Quit 3,738 days ago
    July 28 @ 10:22 am
    Change requires an action . Keeping quit takes action .  Smoking or thoughts of smoking are addictions cunning way of making you react in an even more negative way to a bad circumstance , stress , depression , anxiety , or negative emotion.
    Bad circumstances ....change the things you can .
    Lots of stress , learn healthier ways to cope . Change the things you can . 
    Negative feelings , we all get them and we have the power to change a negative Into a positive . Action !  All it takes is action to change the things we CAN change . Smoking is not a solution it's a reaction . 
    I love reading Terry Rustins articles . Thanks for posting . 
  • m
    Quit 2,580 days ago
    July 28 @ 10:35 am
    It is not that quitting is so hard, it is that slipping is so easy. I had so many quit attempts that I became vulnerable and was embarrassed to go public with my quit. My mother did not believe that quitting was possible. Once you were a addict you were always a addict. She was right in one sense. I am wired for nicotine now. Someone who has never smoked doesn't have that. It take a bit of time to become hooked. Smoking has always been about withdrawal prevention. Tell any smoker that they are going on a five hour plane ride without nicotine and see the fear in their eyes. Dependent on nicotine. That dependency was reinforced with the fight or flight response. Someone mentioned that here a few days ago and I could relate to that. I lost a quit once because I was accosted by a addict who was trying to get his own fix. I thought that was ironic. He was desperate and frightened me. I ran to the nearest store and bought tobacco. I still have a fight or flight response. But it is no longer connected to tobacco. The science of it all helped me. It was not that I was weak, it was that the cigarette did exactly as it was designed to do. The tobacco industry just capitalized on it. The delivery device is what they are working on now. Don't get fooled by these E cigarettes. That device keeps the connection to the fight or flight response. 
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