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Posted: 12/13/2013 9:50:04 PM EDT
i have noticed that, while giving up narcotic pain meds, weed, mushrooms and cocaine were relatively easy, i have been trying to quit smoking menthols since high school.

is is so much worse, or is it my imagination?
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 9:54:01 PM EDT
Giving up mushrooms?
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 9:58:07 PM EDT
ha ha , first post was funny.

IMO  Alcoholism is the dirtiest of the addictions to break
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 9:58:39 PM EDT
Originally Posted By thewildman:
i have noticed that, while giving up narcotic pain meds, weed, mushrooms and cocaine were relatively easy, i have been trying to quit smoking menthols since high school.

is is so much worse, or is it my imagination?
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I have never had to give up narcotic pain meds, weed, mushrooms, or cocaine, so I have no idea. It sounds like cigarettes may be the least of your problems though...
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 10:03:48 PM EDT
Hahahahahahahahahaha
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 10:08:52 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Tit_Dirt:

I have never had to give up narcotic pain meds, weed, mushrooms, or cocaine, so I have no idea. It sounds like cigarettes may be the least of your problems though...
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Originally Posted By Tit_Dirt:
Originally Posted By thewildman:
i have noticed that, while giving up narcotic pain meds, weed, mushrooms and cocaine were relatively easy, i have been trying to quit smoking menthols since high school.

is is so much worse, or is it my imagination?

I have never had to give up narcotic pain meds, weed, mushrooms, or cocaine, so I have no idea. It sounds like cigarettes may be the least of your problems though...



i've given up all the other shit, cigaretts are the only addiction still hanging on.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 10:08:57 PM EDT
46, been smoking since I was 12. No addiction. Can put it down or pick it up. Not a problem....
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 10:11:01 PM EDT
For me it has been the worst - though you have a bit more extensive history with addictions than I do...
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 10:12:08 PM EDT
Giving up alcohol is pretty bad.

I never gave up drinking or smoking cigs totally.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 10:12:45 PM EDT
Lab rats will chose nicotine over food, so I've been told.  And I believe it.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 10:17:33 PM EDT
It's physically and mentally addicting. Think about it, you associate smoking with nearly everything you do once you start doing it regularly.

I had a really hard time stopping and I only smoked for 5-6 years (smoked heavy, though). I had the hardest time accepting the fact that by quitting, I could never enjoy another cigarette after work or on break or while driving my car, etc. After you quit you realize how stupid that sounds but it's the truth.

If you want to quit smoking, get a healthy hobby. Once I started riding bikes seriously, I realized that smoking was really screwing with my ability to get faster, so I decided it was either one or the other. Try hiking or running/trail running, rock climbing, etc. All sorts of good shit you can do that won't remind you of smoking.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 10:31:04 PM EDT
I have no personal experience, but a guy I work with got in a bad motorcycle accident a couple of years ago and was in the hospital and physical therapy for months.  Said he was first addicted to morphine then percocet.  He said quitting smoking after many years was no problem, but the pain meds were hard.  Said all the nerves in his body were on fire for a few weeks after dropping the pain meds.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 12:35:20 AM EDT
You can break the chemical addiction to nicotine in a week or less.  It's the learned behaviours that go along with smoking that are often the hard part.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 12:37:21 AM EDT

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Lab rats will chose nicotine over food, so I've been told.  And I believe it.
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It is an appetite suppressant so there's that.

May have something to do with it.



 
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 12:40:59 AM EDT

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You can break the chemical addiction to nicotine in a week or less.  It's the learned behaviours that go along with smoking that are often the hard part.
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Yet it still takes months for the brain chemistry to unfuck itself.



 
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 1:05:11 AM EDT
Quit back in Febuary after smoking for 17 years. It was easier than I thought. I am convinced I just had a habbit of smoking instead of an addiction to nicotine.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 1:23:19 AM EDT
Quitting smoking was waaaaay easier than the drugs. I could only quit drugs once. Smoking on the other hand I could quit again and again and again.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 1:50:42 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By YoteSlayer69:
Quitting smoking was waaaaay easier than the drugs. I could only quit drugs once. Smoking on the other hand I could quit again and again and again.
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Meth was the worst followed by nicotine then booze.

Link Posted: 12/14/2013 2:34:08 AM EDT
I'm having a fucking rough time trying to stop my wife hates it and I feel bad smoking but 80% of the people I work with smoke so Im constantly around it
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 2:38:44 AM EDT

Originally Posted By thewildman:


i have noticed that, while giving up narcotic pain meds, weed, mushrooms and cocaine were relatively easy, i have been trying to quit smoking menthols since high school.



is is so much worse, or is it my imagination?
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There was a study done years ago involving inter-venous heroin users who quit both cigarettes and heroin.

They all said that cigarettes was harder.

I don't think that really is the nicotine (as a former smoker), as I found the nicotine mostly faded after about 3-4 weeks; however, consider the behavior addition. With smoking, you are talking about 1 minutes of smoking, 20-30 times a day!! Compare that to heroin once or twice, maybe three times a day.  HUGE difference.



 
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 2:39:22 AM EDT
Must be! From my understanding of what people say here about the silly looking, ridiculous e-cigerettes they suck on them for the nicotine??
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 2:43:05 AM EDT
I work in a jail.  Smoking is not the worst.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 2:49:14 AM EDT
I am at 13 days and it hasn't been as hard as I thought it would be
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 3:02:43 AM EDT
Nicotine is tough because it has a physical component and a social component.



But nicotine addiction is a pussycat compared to food addiction.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 3:05:19 AM EDT
I was able to quit drugs and drinking far easier than cigarettes
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 3:11:28 AM EDT
GD addiction trumps all addictions.

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Link Posted: 12/14/2013 3:18:40 AM EDT
Try vaping. I quit tobacco cold turkey over a month ago after smoking for 18 years. There's a 100+ page thread about it right here in GD.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 3:22:03 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By rapracing:
Must be! From my understanding of what people say here about the silly looking, ridiculous e-cigerettes they suck on them for the nicotine??
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After seeing multiple posts from you about your dismay regarding e-cigs, Im convinced you own a tobacco company or work for the FDA.

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Link Posted: 12/14/2013 3:25:15 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By krammitthefrog:
It's physically and mentally addicting. Think about it, you associate smoking with nearly everything you do once you start doing it regularly.

I had a really hard time stopping and I only smoked for 5-6 years (smoked heavy, though). I had the hardest time accepting the fact that by quitting, I could never enjoy another cigarette after work or on break or while driving my car, etc. After you quit you realize how stupid that sounds but it's the truth.

If you want to quit smoking, get a healthy hobby. Once I started riding bikes seriously, I realized that smoking was really screwing with my ability to get faster, so I decided it was either one or the other. Try hiking or running/trail running, rock climbing, etc. All sorts of good shit you can do that won't remind you of smoking.
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i quit here are the tricks I learned.

1. get a new car never smoke in the new car- if yoy always smoke at your apartment move changing environment forces new habits.
2. stop smoking inside- it helps to quit in the winter someplace damn cold

3. e cigs are very helpful

4. stop going to bars
5. that left 2 triggers - boredom or stress at work, and AFTER EATING....Ecigs can get you through these

6. You are only physically adicted the first 3 days of not smoking after day 3 it is all mental.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 3:42:31 AM EDT
The addiction to benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax, Klonopin) is by far the worst of them all....withdrawal can go on for years....
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 3:58:26 AM EDT
Buncha dopeheads all up in here.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 4:01:15 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By zoominiroc:
46, been smoking since I was 12. No addiction. Can put it down or pick it up. Not a problem....
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Sure.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 4:08:44 AM EDT
Online porn is pretty tough.  I have no plans on quitting.  Ever.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 4:12:53 AM EDT

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Originally Posted By Redneck41:


Try vaping. I quit tobacco cold turkey over a month ago after smoking for 18 years. There's a 100+ page thread about it right here in GD.
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'Vaping' and 'Quit cold turkey' are mutually incompatible.



 
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 4:16:21 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By eracer:

'Vaping' and 'Quit cold turkey' are mutually incompatible.
 
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Originally Posted By eracer:
Originally Posted By Redneck41:
Try vaping. I quit tobacco cold turkey over a month ago after smoking for 18 years. There's a 100+ page thread about it right here in GD.

'Vaping' and 'Quit cold turkey' are mutually incompatible.
 


RIF

Link Posted: 12/14/2013 4:19:09 AM EDT
As an IA currently deployed to Afghanistan, I can say the addiction isn't any worse here than at home.

Link Posted: 12/14/2013 4:47:52 AM EDT
Have not tried heroin or other hard drugs so can not say there.  I see plenty of people in drug rehab places that smoke, like half or more.....

 As said, smoking is something you do many times a day and certain triggers will be there waiting.  I had to 'quit' so many times I forget how many, to finally quit for good.

 I still have to fight off the urge to smoke.  25 years without them.

 Not everyone that smokes is really addicted.  I hear guys say they kicked smoking easily and then they say 'why can't you do that'?  Answer is easy, they had a habit and the other guy has an addiction.  I had the addiction.  Brain chemistry is different for each person.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 5:04:16 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 12/14/2013 5:56:23 AM EDT
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Yet it still takes months for the brain chemistry to unfuck itself.
 
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Originally Posted By SSeric02:
You can break the chemical addiction to nicotine in a week or less.  It's the learned behaviours that go along with smoking that are often the hard part.
Yet it still takes months for the brain chemistry to unfuck itself.
 

Exactly, because it's become a compulsion to smoke.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 6:03:13 AM EDT
I'd bet a substantial amount of money that all of the "IF YOU CAN'T QUIT NICOTINE YOU ARE A SPINELESS VAGINA" posters would go absolutely ape shit if they were cut off from caffeine.  But hey, employer subsidized addictions are cool, right?  Plus you look awesome walking around with your $5 venti mocha extra hot skinny latte from starbucks, amiright?
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 6:05:11 AM EDT
You just have to decide that you are not a smoker.

The first couple of days really suck.  After those, it's cake.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 6:08:10 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By krammitthefrog:
It's physically and mentally addicting. Think about it, you associate smoking with nearly everything you do once you start doing it regularly.

I had a really hard time stopping and I only smoked for 5-6 years (smoked heavy, though). I had the hardest time accepting the fact that by quitting, I could never enjoy another cigarette after work or on break or while driving my car, etc. After you quit you realize how stupid that sounds but it's the truth.


If you want to quit smoking, get a healthy hobby. Once I started riding bikes seriously, I realized that smoking was really screwing with my ability to get faster, so I decided it was either one or the other. Try hiking or running/trail running, rock climbing, etc. All sorts of good shit you can do that won't remind you of smoking.
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That's it right there.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 6:30:57 AM EDT
I was a smoker from 17 to the day I quit cold turkey at 25. I am now 53, and to this day I still have dreams at night where I am smoking, and the dreams seem very real. might have to take up puffing on a dream E cig, because dream smoking causes dream cancer.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 7:16:06 AM EDT
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I quit smoking pot at 35 when my son was born.It was as easy as flipping a light switch off.I was a everyday smoker.

I quit drinking at 50 because the Holy Ghost spoke to me and told me it was not pleasing to God.Once again it was as easy as flicking a light switch off.  

I also quit cigarettes at 50 and that was hard.I don't think I could have done it without Chantix.3 years later at 53 I still have cravings for a cigarette.I equate my smoking addiction with being a alcoholic--there is no such thing as only having 1 drink or 1 smoke.I know from past experience 1 bummed cigarette =2 bummed=buying a pack=buying a carton.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 7:21:27 AM EDT

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Originally Posted By 55sixer:


ha ha , first post was funny.



IMO  Alcoholism is the dirtiest of the addictions to break
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nope, Benzo  is the all time worst.



 
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 7:28:49 AM EDT


The worse addiction to break is the addiction to tax revenue. Ask any politician how easy it is to stop spending other people's money.

Link Posted: 12/14/2013 8:14:00 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By CB1:
nope, Benzo  is the all time worst.
 
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Originally Posted By 55sixer:
ha ha , first post was funny.

IMO  Alcoholism is the dirtiest of the addictions to break
nope, Benzo  is the all time worst.
 


Both of them can actually kill you though.

At least Nicotine, Opiates etc won't kill you.

You might want to die but you won't.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 8:15:16 AM EDT
I'd say food addiction is the worst. Of all the addictions, that's the one where you can't give it up entirely.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 8:19:10 AM EDT
The GOV did exactly what they needed to screw you smokers out of TAX money.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 8:28:14 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By GeneralV:
Giving up mushrooms?



http://media.urbandictionary.com/image/large/shrooms-22854.jpg


Thats a preeeetty 'possum.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 8:35:21 AM EDT
Been quit dipping for 10 months. Sometimes I still crave it,would love to have a huge dip.......but I know one dip would lead to endless dipping. The freedom is beyond cool. This was probably the 5th or 6th time I had really tried to quit, the longest I had ever gone before was about 2 months. I used the patch for about a month and a half-I just kept cutting the patches in half about every 10 days. I had gotten down to a tiny  piece of patch half the size of a dime. It was the toughest month I have ever gone through. It literally took a month for my brain to resume functioning without nicotine,but it was well worth it.And my car is WAY cleaner!!!!  I would never want to be forced to go through that during a SHTF situation. That was one more thing that kept my focus on being free from nicotine.
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