Perhaps you are overcome with despair and anxiety just by the thought of trying to quit. You feel empty without nicotine. You are sick and tired of spending money on this habit and you are sick of your throat feeling like crap. You just have so much stress in your life and you are wondering how you can relieve your stress without it. You just don’t know what to do and are afraid of the no man’s land that you know is coming when you’ve gone without cigarettes for a while. what will you do to replace your habit?
My friend Alexa started smoking at 17. She bummed a cigarette off of a friend after a stressful day working at McDonald’s because the friend said it would help. She was amazed at the calm it gave her and from then on she smoked off and on for a while until she started smoking every day. At first it was a few and then it became more and more until it was one pack a day, then two.
After a year of smoking two packs a day she knew she just had to quit. She hated everything smelling like smoke all the time and spending so much money on it. Alexa just quit, cold turkey, and although the fear or cravings almost caused her to quit she stuck it out for about 3 months. Then after a fight with her boyfriend she just started it right up again. Alexa repeated this process 3 or 4 times over the next 5 years.
But finally, when she… Read more…