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Take it One Day at a Time

Share Your Story: How I Lived Through Nicotine Withdrawal

By howardsglen

Updated November 01, 2009

Take it One Day at a Time


How nicotine withdrawal affected me

In 2005 I quit cold turkey. After smoking for over thirty-six years, my physical body was thrown into literal shock from quitting. My mental state was altogether a wreck. I cried, could not sleep, could not eat. I was more than irritable, could not focus and actually paced and could not sit still for weeks. I did not know what to do with myself. My final quit I used the patch. I decided I needed the help of a quit aid while I gained my footing with cessation. I found the physical withdrawal was more manageable. The emotions, mental and spiritual state I still had to learn to manage, and I am still learning.

How I managed nicotine withdrawal symptoms

My physical withdrawal symptoms were over fairly soon. The mental, the thoughts, emotions, learning to live my life free from nicotine addiction have taken much longer. Education, reading articles, writing, seeking God, support from family, friends and our smoking cessation forum were critical. I had to learn, and am still learning how to live one day at a time.

Lessons learned

  • I don't ever want to forget why I stopped smoking. It has not been the hardest thing I have been through, but it is clearly the hardest thing I have ever done.
  • Guard your quit and own it.
  • Be patient, recovery will take time.
  • Be grateful, give thanks.
  • Stay committed and believe in yourself. Know that you are worth the gift of life, health and true happiness
  • Respect your quit and treat it with the greatest of care.
  • Love yourself, be confident, be proud>
  • One day at a time.

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