This is part of a series of letters from QuitNet members who shared their experience with quitting smoking using QuitNet, and offered their encouragement for others to do the same. If you'd like to share your experience, or motivate a loved one or smoker who wants to quit, please submit your story to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I complained constantly to fellow smokers about the negatives: constant fear and guilt about killing myself and others, constant coughing and deteriorating health, the slavery of having to go outside constantly, the crazy expenses related to smoking, the limiting of my career and social circles . . . the list goes on. I smoked most of my life. Whenever I tried to quit, I experienced panic and extreme fear and hopelessness like I was losing a friend.
I later found that my fears were groundless and that it was only lies that sprung from that desperate addiction that defeated my quit attempts. The truth is, once you take the time and effort to educate yourself about addiction and quitting strategies, and connect yourself with a community like QuitNet and nicotine anonymous groups, quitting is totally doable and so much easier than you ever thought.
I considered myself the worst of the worst in terms of being sunk into the quicksand of addiction, and I was over the worst quitting difficulties in a day or two. I found that I could turn away from smoking thoughts when intense craves hit. I clung to that for dear life, and found that after just a few hours of practice, the craves slowed down. I also practiced gratitude to my higher power and kept dwelling on the life changing benefits of quitting.
No matter what you are doing now, the big lie is that there will be a better and easier time to quit.
The truth is, the perfect time to quit is today.
My life has completely changed for the good. For the first time in many years, I have an expectation to live a longer life.
You for sure can do this.