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PWC@langford
Quit 10 days ago
Day 5.  I had a brief slip of 2 cigarettes yesterday I called the Quit line before I smoked them, but just listened to music. I called twice. This was about 7 pm. After smoking I thought what are you doing Paul??? Do you really want the ball and chain again and be back on death row? So now I am back on track, I just consider this a mini=slip. At the time I was practically totally undefensive. I reviewed my reasons to quit. Being bi-polar where 80% of patients smoke heavily. It has to do with dopamine in the brain and wanting a hit for the illness. It is tougher for me but not impossible.I am keeping the same quit date as a tiny slip is sometimes expected. This addiction never seems to amaze me. It is one tough turkey. So one moment at a time I will not light up. Never take another puff, this I pray.
Last reply: August 19 @ 10:35 am
  • Cbythesea
    Quit 383 days ago
    August 13 @ 6:54 pm
    As long as you don't quit quitting, it is all well. This addiction is a bitch. But we will overcome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Green Meenie
    Quit 1,045 days ago
    August 13 @ 8:29 pm
    You did well to think about your reasons for quitting and not continuing to smoke after 2. Learning from this event will serve you well in the days to come. Please make sure there are no smoking materials within easy access to you Paul. This can make a big difference next time you are super challenged by a crave. Remember that commitment you made to yourself and hold the reasons behind it close to your heart. That helps you dismiss your thinking when the cravings come calling. Keep marching Paul.
  • QuitCoach Melissa
    August 14 @ 6:06 am
    Great job getting back on track after your slip, Paul.  It sounds like you kept on with your process and learned from the slip.  Your determination will pay off.  You have so many reasons for wanting to be free of this addiction.  We're all rooting for you.  You're doing amazing. 
  • Lucille Brown
    Quit 1,372 days ago
    August 14 @ 6:18 am
    Paul, as long as you're back on track and keep trying, you'll get to where you want to be.  Just carry on from where you left off and look at it as being a small slip. Hugs, Lucille.
  • DianneE
    Quit 427 days ago
    August 14 @ 7:00 am
    Yes Paul, it is harder for people with bipolar to quit smoking.  Probably for anyone that has any type of mental health issues, for that matter.  But it can be done.  My mother had bipolar, and although it took many attempts, she finally did succeed in quitting smoking.  And try to remember, every time you light up and have a slip up, you are not ridding your body of the nicotine addiction, and you will keep wanting more.  Therefore, in the long run, you are making your quit harder on yourself.  The further you get from your last cigarette, the less of a hold it has over you.  
  • QuitCoach Melissa
    August 19 @ 10:35 am
    Hi Paul, I recognized that you wrote in your post that you got music when you called for support and were unable to connect with us at the Quitline. I’m sorry you had this experience, we assure you that are here to support you throughout your quitting journey. I will look into this further and hope that you will continue to reach out to us during challenging times for help. You did a great job getting back on track after the slip and remembering your motivations to be smoke-free. It sounds like you’ve learned from past experience and feeling strong in your resolve to stay on track. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to assist you again.