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  1. cec57
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    i had a emotional week last week grew frustrated and handed in the towel .so  instead of using any of my tools as soon as i had a craving i let it spiral out of control. i look back now to see that i needed to stop myself and recognize what was happening and nip it in the bud as soon as the craving started instead of ignoring it and letting it grow . using any of the 4ds would of helped before the four headed beast came out. so i am back on the patch and starting my tools over. i am humbled by this addiction never thinking that no matter how well things are going that it can catch up to you especially when feeling vulnerable. its alot of work but so worth it. i just want to remain free from this addiction,
  2. steven, quit coach
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    Cec57,

    Sorry to hear about your emotional week, but it sounds like you learned quite a bit about how to move forward with your quit! Good for you for "getting back on the horse" and being better prepared for what do to next time should a strong craving occur.

    Although slips in quitting are not fun, they are common, and it sounds like you gained a lot of knowledge from this experience, and that is something to be quite proud of yourself for!

    Keep up the great work cec57!

    -Steven
  3. treepeo
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    Hi cec57,

    Sorry to hear you threw in the towel for a bit.  But I get it.  Quitting isn't easy.  

    It's great that you are trying again.  You have already realized where you went wrong this time.  So you will be better prepared to deal with stress in the future.  Quitting is a process, and we learn as we go along.  And you are right to remain humble.  We can never get complacent, because temptation is just around the corner.

    Tonight while watching TV, there was a commercial about quitting smoking.  They were showing smokers skulking off on the sidelines while other people got on with their lives.  And you know what?  Ironically, it made me want to light up a smoke.  I don't know why, but tonight I just thought how "great" it would be to inhale some smoke.  And then I thought, how stupid is that?  But you see, this addiction is so powerful that we always have to be prepared to fight against it.  I don't really want to smoke.  It was just a fleeting thought that came over me because I smoked all my life, and there is a part of me that somehow misses it.  Dumb, but true.  So Not One Puff Ever is my mantra and I have to stick to it.  And you do, too.

    You can do this, cec57.  Just take it one step at a time.
  4. cec57
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     treepeo i really like your sharing and honesty it just helps me to know that im not alone with my feelings and thoughts. this addiction is really strong but from hearing from you i know it can be overcomed. i look forward to your recovery progress so i can benefit from your experience in my quit. i keep reading from the forum and take in what really works. thanks again
  5. cec57
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    thanks steven i feel relief from hearing your words of encouragement.ialso i  learned from this episode was that i had switched a different brand of patch, it didnt seem to be as effective as the name brand patch that i was using. so i think this  had effected to my slip among not taking care of my craving.
  6. jenna lee, quit coach
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    cec57,

    Hey, great problem solving. When we get derailed the best thing to do is what you did: find a new solution and get back on track.

    Looking forward to hearing about your progress,

    Jenna Lee
  7. cec57
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    i have been doing great this week back on brand name patch just keeping on my toes to recognize what my triggers are also doing something about it right away. learning from others recovery process is a great benefit for ideas and what action to take. struggles are part of the course in quitting smoking so being self aware and cautious is one of the many things i need to practice.peoples stories and honesty goes along way in my books. encouragement and support are very beneficial also .
  8. lillian, quit coach
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    Hey cec57!

    Members here are so open with their stories and support. I am so glad that you are here reaching out and posting. Congratulations on getting this week back on track!

    We are here and rooting for you, so far so good cec571!

    Lillian
  9. cec57
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    thanks for your support !!!
  10. efreeman75
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    Hi cec57

    Sorry to hear about your slip, but be proud that you didn't allow yourself to fall.

    Experience is a great teacher as long as we accept it as an opportunity to improve.  You are now better prepared to tackle greater obstacles and make this quit stick.
  11. jac
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    I can relate to your story treepeo.   This is soo hard.  I come here when I am feeling weak like tonight and have my cry and feel a little better/stronger knowing there are others out there going through the same thing.
  12. marianne, quit coach
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    Hello Jac,

    So great that you are comforted when you connect with this community who can relate to you and you to them.  Feeling empowered is key.  So happy to hear that you get stronger when you unite with others.  

    Feel free to share about those moments of weakness as you said.  Sometimes spelling it out will help to take away the hold it has on you in the moment.  And giving people opportunity to chime in for what helps them at those times can even benefit you more.  

    Wishing you and all the others a better week ahead!  

    Marianne

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