Re: At the end of the day does it really matter?
- From: Richard <rvardy@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 18:13:05 -0800 (PST)
On Feb 3, 8:48 pm, Sue <sebr...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I'm just curious and asking for opinions. Keven, Steve O and Bruce I
have you killfiled so don't bother to respond.
There is a good deal of discussion on the best way to quit - CT, NRT,
various pills - and we are generally very civilized in our opinions
with an each to his own attitude. What I'm wondering is do you think
that it really matters after a good deal of time has gone by? I mean,
after a year or so do you think that having quit CT gives you a better
chance of staying quit or NRT or whatever? I don't think so and just
wonder what anyone else might (civilly) have to say.
Sue - quit courtesy of the patch and AS3
Four years, ten months, one week, six days, 14 hours, 47 minutes and
16 seconds. 58760 cigarettes not smoked, saving $9,783.82. Life saved:
29 weeks, 1 day, 40 minutes.
i think that it's not really about the method it's about the reason
for quitting. people that quit because they really want to stop
smoking will tend to stay quit whereas those that quit because they
think they have to, need to, should do are more likely to relapse. in
other words, as long as there is a part of you that still wants to
smoke the chances are greater that at some point you will. as long as
we keep a romantic image of smoking as 'helping us' in some way or
making our life better and giving us some kind of joy we will feel a
sense of loss and a part of us will yearn to smoke again. i will stay
quit because i don't want to ever smoke again so there's no reason to
start. there is no temptation because i don't want to smoke.
talking about 'chances of staying quit' suggests some on-going battle
and that suggests a continuing desire to smoke. i would say that as
long as you have a desire to smoke you haven't really quit smoking.
you've stopped smoking but not quit. it took me almost a year but by
the time my first year quit was up i knew that i really didn't want to
smoke any more. i quit CT and it took will power to get through the
first few months but after that it was more a case of getting used to
not being a smoker there was no more struggle to fight off smoking.
a method is simply a method it's the person that succeeds or fails. no
one has to smoke it's a choice we make every time we light up and if
we choose not to light up any more then the method we use to achieve
that is pretty irrelevant. in the best words of
as3 ...................whatever works.
we should never underestimate the power of this addiction but neither
should we underestimate our resolve should we choose to employ it.
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