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Quit 104 days ago
I wore a patch the first few days this week after I quit. After about three days I stopped wearing it and was doing great. Then BAM intense cravings hit. Thank God for my husband who talked me out of buying a pack. I’ve got the patch back on but I’m surprised I needed it again. Last time I quit I only needed it those first few days and I lasted 2.5 months. What gives?  Is the nicotine monster that unpredictable?
  • Green Meenie
    Quit 932 days ago
    May 16 @ 1:37 am
    Hi and welcome Tjvane :)
    Yes the nicomonster is very unpredictable. In fact, he somehow knows when we are at our weakest moment and then attacks us hoping we'll give in and feed him again and that's the key right there. He can't feed himself! He needs us to make that decision to feed him so ultimately WE have the control over whether he lives or dies.
    Glad hubby was there to talk you out of buying a pack. Should it happen again and he's not around, distract yourself for a bit by taking a walk or a shower or anything to get your mind off the craving. The intense ones don't last that long and the longer you are quit the less those cravings will come calling. That nicomonster doesn't give up easily but remember, YOU are in control here. Kill him with N.O.P.E. (Not One Puff Ever)!
  • QuitCoach Stacey
    Quit 1,537 days ago
    May 16 @ 10:10 am
    Hi Tjvane!  Welcome and congrats.  Good for you for resisting those strong urges.  That just proves that you are in this for the long haul.  Nicotine cravings can be very unpredictable but with a great support system and plans in place, it can be easy to navigate them.  Every quit is different, so the fact that you only needed the patch for a short time last time doesn't predict how long you'll need it for this quit.  The cravings will come and go but as long as you are ready for them, you got this!  Thanks for sharing.  ~QuitCoach Stacey
  • Lucille Brown
    Quit 1,259 days ago
    May 16 @ 12:33 pm
    That little nicotine devil can be a bit disarming at times.  Look him in the eye and tell him to take a hike.  He's not needed anymore.  When cravings hit, take deep breaths, count to five and exhale. This can help keep them at bay.  Glad you have your husband to support you,  it really helps and if by chance you need us as well, we'll be only too happy to help you. You've got this.  Stay vigilant and happy quit.  Hugs and all the best, Lucille.
  • DianneE
    Quit 314 days ago
    May 16 @ 3:33 pm
    Keep using every tool available Tjvane, especially at the beginning of your quit.  The NRT's are very easy to get off of, unlike cigarettes, so use them as long as you need them.  Don't rush the process.  Way to go on 9 days, you really are getting to the point where you'll see each day becomes a little easier than the one before.  
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    Carole Doherty
    Quit 199 days ago
    May 16 @ 8:00 pm
    I found that the patch really helped.....and occasional gum when the cravings hit. Whatever works for you, keep it up !!