She said she suffered withdrawal, was sick for a few months, and has since been a food addict needing to munch on potato chips and pop corn sometimes.
We all need some sort of dopamine, and we find what's easiest.
Quitting smoking is like holding your breath, and when you feel the need to breath again, just drown. I'm not dying. I also feel good when I push beyond it, and get a sense of satisfaction, and then curse myself when I break and smoke again. Quitting addictions stirs up many mixed emotions.
Oh well, like I said, February 1st is my quit date. I'll probably stop before that. But even if one goes 3 days or so without, you are not out of the woods. It takes months. In fact, my mother and others have told me, that once you quit, you will continue dreaming about smoking for the rest of your life, in fact, even moreso, after you deny your conscious mind to think about it anymore, it will show up in dreams when we let go and witness our suppressed desires again.
You replied as I wrote this. I must say, that yes, weening off is the way to go. It starts from your mind first. I have to just keep remembering how life was like without it, and convince myself that I'm not a smoker anymore. I never liked it to begin with. And there is no golden cigarette where you say, "this is the last one". Doing that, makes you crave it more. The habit has to die off without me noticing.
Like Force vs Work. It's not an elevator ride up to change, it's a long inclined plane. When it's so shallow of an angle, we never notice.
(Keep in mind, I don't practice everything I preach)
RK wrote:Another suggestion: You're into Cannabis,right? perhaps you could also use this to distract you away from cigarettes. smoking a joint is undeniably far less harmful than smoking tobacco.
Yea, I do that too and mix some tobacco in the mix. It does help kind of, but it's not the same. In fact, I am cutting back on the cannabis too. I've gotten too use to it now, so it's not fun anymore, and it ruins REM sleep where the magic of lucid dreams tend to happen. I need a good lucid dream again. Those set your mind straight better than any drug I have ever had. Funny how the most tripped out experience keeps me sane.