The Steps I’m taking to Overcome Nicotine
I started smoking cigarettes when I was 21, first year of University, I’m now about to turn 42. On May 24th, 2017 I posted on Facebook that I’ve quit smoking, or in the process of quitting, but I’ve been having “slips” and I want to write here the possible reasons why I’ve been slipping.
First of all, I decide to quit smoking, because a month ago my Father ended up in ICU, the main reason is because I don’t want to be smoking around my Dad anymore, I’m praying to God he won’t ever smoke again and nor will I, but I’ve had slips. Another big reason is one of his Doctors said to me, “Do us all a favour and quit”. I took that to heart, smoking cigarettes isn’t just hard on individuals and their family members… but on Society itself and on the whole medical industry.
"Of every $10 spent on healthcare in the U.S., almost 90 cents is due to smoking, a new analysis…
Cigarette smoking is the #1 killer today, it’s a very hard drug addiction to get over, you would think that something that is harming you and is killing everyone should be Illegal, same with Alcohol, alcohol does nothing but harm our bodies and eventually kill us too…same with sugar. Tobacco, Alcohol and Sugar all have no actual value to them, all they do is harm us and eventually kill us…they are sneaky and slow, but they kill us.
So I’m trying to live more healthy. I’ve been going on walks and my Dad’s Cousin introduced me to an amazing stress reliever… Deadheading. We’ve been deadheading beautiful smelling lilacs. Since I’ve been smoking significantly less the past month, my sense of smell has come back, I can smell everything now and whenever a smoker walks by I can tell they were smoking. I had no idea how bad it smells, actually, I remember when I was a kid I really noticed the bad smell. If you’re a recovering addict like me, I strongly recommend deadheading plants and gardening, something very therapeutic about it…it keeps your hands and mind busy, just focusing on the plants.
I’ve been using the Nicotine patch the past month to slowly ween myself off of Nicotine. I don’t want to use the Vapor method because you are doing the same behaviour. I bought Allen Carr’s “Easy Way to Stop Smoking”, i think he mentions not to use any of the Nicotine aids from what I remember when I first read it about 8 years ago.
Allen Carr's Easy Way To Stop Smoking
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I’ll add more here as I continue to read Allen’s book. I’m on my last week of 24mg of Nicotine patches, I think this next week will be 16mg patches for 2 weeks and then I think 7mg for the last week.
I was paying $20/day for cigarettes, so I should have saved close to $400 the past 20 or so days, but I’m not seeing it in my Bank account, I have to figure out my finances and see why I don’t have that money. I don’t recall buying anything, mostly spent money on gas and a bit of food.
Thank you for reading this, if you’re an addict too or know someone with addiction, just know you’re not alone and you will only quit when you’re ready, nobody else can tell you to quit. I hope I was helpful, I’m struggling financially so the following will be a bit of a commercial for one of my products. June 18th, Father’s Day is coming up, if you’re wondering what to get your Dad, check out my PAC-MAN design I made for T-shirts and Sweaters. The idea is that PAC-MAN is an addict like many of us… you know you have a problem when all you do is ingest those pellets. I’m raising funds to produce a short Live Action version of PAC-MAN that shows what we need to do to overcome our addictions, also need the funds so I can help my Dad while he’s in the Hospital, he’s been in the hospital a month now and possibly a few more weeks to months.
Hey, i’m back. It’s now July 14th, one more week and it will be July 20th, 2 months after i posted on Facebook that i quit smoking. I shouldn’t have said that i quit, i should have said that’s when i started using the Nicotine patches, i haven’t completely quit smoking, i’ve had many slips the past 2 months.
About 2 weeks ago, i thought i was ready to move down to 7mg patches but when i did and came home i ended up craving cigarettes and smoking about 5 cigarettes. While i was on 24 mg patches I was down to 1 smoke to sometimes no smokes for up to 3 days max. I haven’t been continuing to read Allen Carr’s book yet, maybe cause i’m scared to really quit.
My Dad has finally come home from the hospital about 5 days ago. He hasn’t asked me to go get him smokes or anything, i don’t mention cigarettes or smoking to him, but i do sneak off outside the house for when i go get the mail or go get something at the store, i sneak a cigarette and then use my Aqua di Gio Cologne on myself so he won’t smell the 3rd hand smoke on my clothes.
My Aunty gave me a link from the Mayo Clinic that told me that 3rd Hand smoke which is what is on our clothes, hair, walls and objects you smoke around, that can cause cancer.
I need to keep that in my mind and always see myself as a Healthy person, that I want to be able to play sports, not end up getting a stroke, smell good, my voice will be good for acting work, i’ll also save $600/month. I have to keep all of that in my mind. I also have to remember what happened to my Dad, that he almost died if he wasn’t taken such good care at the ICU of UofA Hospital.
I know my sneaking around with the smoking is bad and is bothering me, because i had a nightmare last night. I saw in my nightmare my Dad smoking again…and it was because of ME…it was my fault. If i hadn’t been sneaking out going for smokes he’d still not be smoking. Seeing him smoking in my nightmare made me feel suicidal in my nightmare… Me being the cause of him smoking, made me want to not live anymore. People smoking around you can really influence you, just like any drug…if you are around people who smoke marijuana or do heroin, you’re more likely to do that drug too.