Quote from loriannlpn
I am very embarrassed to admit that I am a smoker. I have been for many years. I am really concerned about my health, but, I dont know how to break the habit.
I have tried the nicoderm patches 25 mg/24 hr... but, the dreams are very vivid and troublesome. Can anyone help? Give advise on how to quit smoking once and for all? :selfbonk:
I believe you must find new habits to replace the old one. Or you must find things to do in place of lighting up that cigarette. I quit too.
Chew on a drinking straw, drink ice water when an urge hits, take a walk, keep carrot sticks handy, chew sugarless gum, suck on a sucker, work a puzzle, do needlework, anything that will keep your hands and mind busy until the urge passes.
I work for an insurance company and worked with their telephonic smoking cessation program for 2 years. You need to gain support of friends and family, pick a quit date, and get rid of all the things that remind you of smoking...ash trays, lighters etc. Put a dryer sheet in your car to freshen it. Air out your house, wash walls and curtains to get rid of the smell as it will trigger you too. Avoid other smokers until you can handle being around cigarettes again. Use the patch, wellbutrin, talk to your doctor.
Most of all NEVER STOP QUITTING. That is how you become successful. Most smokers try an average of 7 (or more) times before they actually overcome the habit. Believe you can and you will. I never thought I could either but I did it using the same advice. Hang in there and if you slip up get right back to not smoking. You slipped up you didn't fail.
Get a buddy share your craziness with....You can do this. Make it your mantra... "I can do this, I can do this."
Hang in there and good luck! Keep a positive attitude you will succeed!