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Hmm but vaping is also not harm free. We don't really know the effects of it.You are not going to get lung disease vaping. Well done!!
Wise words. It is better to abstain from Nicotine but tremendously difficult so if patches, gum or vaping works at least it’s a start. Good luck!Hmm but vaping is also not harm free. We don't really know the effects of it.
It is silly to say vaping is a safe alternative to smoking - it may be safer, but that doesn't make it safe.
Same with those chewing gums I've been on for years now - the nicotine itself is extremely harmful, causing cardiovascular and circulation problems.
Let alone a waste of money. I got myself hooked on the gums as a daily habit, and the smoking itself creeps it's way back in all the time.
I am now trying a cold turkey approach. (it's been about 3 hours on this approach, let's see how long it lasts)
Well the gum has not been working for me as I have been using copious amounts of the gum - and not gradually coming off it. I also have been chewing all the time, like non stop. I never do not have a piece in my mouth. On the packets it says you can use it at the same time as smoking, to help you reduce how much you smoke. So that's often what I've been doing, justifying I can still smoke and chew at the same time, so long as I'm smoking less it's fine.Wise words. It is better to abstain from Nicotine but tremendously difficult so if patches, gum or vaping works at least it’s a start. Good luck!
How typical is this for a BPD sufferer. I’ve tried giving up and chewing the gum but like you I did it non stop lol. All I got was a sore jaw and I lost two teethWell the gum has not been working for me as I have been using copious amounts of the gum - and not gradually coming off it. I also have been chewing all the time, like non stop. I never do not have a piece in my mouth. On the packets it says you can use it at the same time as smoking, to help you reduce how much you smoke. So that's often what I've been doing, justifying I can still smoke and chew at the same time, so long as I'm smoking less it's fine.
But now I'm pretty much decided this can't go on much longer.
It's now been maybe been 16 hours since I've had any nicotine in my body and I have got a huge BUZZZZZ in my brain.
First, big hug.Thank you for your advice. You are so sweet. You know me so well lol. I did indeed hit the said ‘bump’ after embarking on Radical Acceptance too early and indeed turned to my two remaining self destructive coping mechanisms..big time! The two I have left are cigarettes and cannabis. Here’s the thing, whilst cannabis leaves me with this risk of paranoia and smoking is on the face of it quite passive, it’s slightly different for me. That’s because my life of abusing my body is coming back to haunt me and I have been diagnosed with lung disease. It’s not progressive thank f*ck but it will be if I continue. So I’ve been stuck between a rock and a hard place, having smoking as a coping mechanism that I couldn’t stop whilst knowing it will eventually kill me if I continue, therefore increasing my suffering.
My creative solution, cook all my cannabis so I can’t smoke joints and making into fudge. (eating was another comfort) so I actually have two coping mechanisms rolled into one lol.
I am going to slow down on the recovery though..I’m totally exhausted. Thank you so much for your concern.
Really into this completely cutting it out thing.I'm not in with these gums and patches stuff.
To get rid of the addiction you have to cut it out. Stopping nicotine isn't harmful at all (like alcohol can be).
It's not pleasant few days. I always found first week really tough, but then it gets to point after a couple of weeks and you'll be completely clear of it and not crave.
The next bit is the most important part. You have to abstain completely forever. Not one ever again. Easy part done - that's the point I've been so often.
The reason I smoke, even after completely ridding myself years ago... I stupidly had one, and slowly back on it again. Nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs known to us. Having other nicotine products just means it goes on for ever. (however, saying that, nicotine isn't harmful so anything that doesn't involve smoking it with cigs is better than nowt)
I agree with early poster, that if struggling and doing a lot of things at once, this won't be easy at all. Watch any heroin addict programme on tv, and all the ex's still smoke. That tells you something!
bold: ok, that's positive, I'll add a bit moreReally into this completely cutting it out thing.
So you're saying cravings pretty much disappear after a couple weeks?
The main problem with cravings is lack of concentration, cravings interfering with the ability to 'do tasks'. That's the bit which sucks.
If i can get over this in a couple of weeks, I will ride it out
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