My doctor advised me to pick a quit date.I did,and It didn't work!!! I am still smoking and on my third week of chantix.I have cut back ALOT,but I don't understand why I am still craving cigarettes.Is this ok? Is this normal?
I think its normal to still have cravings Shylah. I quit smoking over a year ago "cold turkey". I think it worked because it was the only time I quit for myself. I stopped being around people that smoked and putting myself in situations where I would be around smokers. After about six months I was able to be around smokers without cravings. Now I cant even stand the smell of smoke. Was the hardest thing I've ever done and the only thing that ever really helped me was good ol' "will power". Good luck Shylah, hope this helps you!!
When I was quitting smoking years ago, I went by the adage "Never quit quitting" It helped me get back on track when I slipped up. You will have cravings for awhile but they will subside. Since smoking is a habit it helps to have something to replace that habit. If you are doing the same things you always do you willl associate smoking with it. For instance if you normaly go out to smoke on your lunch break take a walk instead.
Chantix will help you quit but you cant rely on Chantix to do everything! You still have to have some will power. As for picking a date, it is not magical, you pick a date to quit, then you have to decide to quit and stick to it! Chantix is not magic and still requires work and willpower on your part. Pick a date and stick to it this time. Decide for yourself that you are not going to smoke anymore. If you are relying on Chantix to do all the work you are going to be sadly disappointed. It should lessen you cravings but may not completely stop them. Quitting smoking is difficult. You MUST make up your mind NOT to do it and stick by that decision. I chew gum instead of smoking. Sometimes it is good to have something to keep your hands busy too like crochet or origami-whatever you can find to keep your hands busy. The first few weeks are the worst then it starts to get easier.
And as others have said, it is best to stay away from other smokers and from situations in which you liked to smoke. After awhile you notice that cigarette smoke stinks, then you know that you are on your way to freedom! Nicotine is powerful though, I havent smoked in over 25 years and once in a great while I still get a craving but they are brief fleeting moments that are easily supressed and if I do give in and try a cigarette they make me feel sick so I dont usually give in anymore! Hang in there and you CAN do it but you have to do most of the work yourself. Chantix is an aid, not magic!
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