I am 46 an have been smoking since I was 14. I am smoking a pack an a half right now. I just keep smoking more. My worst times are sitting here at the computer playing games, an in front of the TV, an if I am driving. I have a 19 year old daughter who is driving me nuts. I don't think that even when she goes back to college next week that I can slow down. My prescription insurance will not pay for the Chantix until I am in a support group. You would think they would want to help with one of the top leading reasons for death in the USA. Boy was I wrong.
Have you talked to your health insurance? Many of them offer support for smoking cessation. You might look on the American Lung Association website. They probably have a link to support sites like Ashline or something like. Call the customer service number on the back of your health insurance card and ask them if they offer any help with smoking cessation. Many offer telephone support and counselling, some offer help with smoking cessation aids like nicotine patches or gum too. Stress never goes away so if you wait for a time that is stress free you will never quit. Chantix helps a bit for some but it still takes a lot of the ole will power! I quit cold turkey, more or less, years ago. I slipped up some as everyone does, but kept at it and I've been smoke free for 25 years now so it can be done! The first month or two is the hardest-really the first 3-4 weeks.
Once you get to the point that others smoke starts to stink instead of smelling good, the you know you are on the way! It is best to stay away from situations where you used to smoke. I still chew a lot of sugar free gum instead of smoking. Keep your mouth and hands busy when you are in a situation where you used to smoke that you cant just stop doing. If you really want to bad enough, you can do it!
I just stopped 2 1/2 weeks ago! I did it cold turkey, but was only smoking about 1/2 pack a day. My brother and I found a website, realage.com, and they had a "Real Age Tool" on the site that gives you 6 steps to prepare for quitting 30 days ahead of time. There's also a page that you print out, which is a pledge to quit, and you fill it out. Its really nothing more than a game plan that prepares one for quitting, but it really helps. Sort of a behavior modification. So, that's one idea. Also, there are nicotine anonymous 12 step mtgs., but you'd have to see if they were in your area. 12 step groups helped me to get free of drugs & alcohol 23 yrs. ago, had a slip, but now have 14 yrs. again of recovery. They also helped me with my eating disorder because I tend to over eat emotionally.
So, give that website a try, and try to get psyched up for the best feeling you will ever have!! Now, I've got to lose those extra 20 lbs!!! But, no kidding, it feels great not to smell bad on my breath, skin, clothes, and my skin is less wrinkled already, it seems!! Good luck, and do everything in your power to try to get rid of this habit that will kill us! XO
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