29 Nov 2017
11 Jan 2018
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First of all, let me congratulate you on your 11 smoke free days. That is terrific!
I quit cold turkey, too. Personally, I got really intense cravings off and on for the whole first month. In fact, at the end of my first month, I had to take two days off work, because I started to cry and couldn't stop. But I think part of that was because I was so tired. I was never able to sleep through the night without waking up 2 or 3 times, and that takes a toll on you. So I just got weaker and weaker, mentally and physically.
Having said that, after the first month, things changed dramatically. It's like my body suddenly realized that I wasn't going to give in, and it decided to give me a break. And the really intense cravings stopped coming on a regular basis. Now I did get some the odd time, but they became less and less intense, and more and more infrequent. That was just my experience. It is different for everyone.
I understand your frustration. You made the decision to quit, you have been struggling with horrible cravings, and you just want it to end. But you have to stick it out. It's all part of the process.
Mwoodman, I didn't like having to miss work either, but I was determined to do whatever it took to quit successfully. And my boss didn't care. He was just thrilled that I decided to do what I needed to do, and that I remained smoke free.
Hang in there. It will get better. It just takes time. But man, is it ever worth all of the struggles in the end. Just you wait and see.