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It Takes Just One Cigarette to Relapse.

Smoker with head in sandYou will never smoke again. Accepting this is perhaps the most daunting aspect of quitting smoking and nicotine addiction recovery. The thought of never having another cigarette can be so overwhelming, that smokers will willingly go to the grave an addict and never again taste a life free from the disease addiction.

If you have decided you no longer want to be a drug addict always in need, the reality of never smoking again is what you must ultimately confront.

You must be completely resolved to never smoke another cigarette again.

In order to heal from addiction and achieve freedom you must be completely resolved to never smoke another cigarette again. Why?

Because the next smoke is always going to be just one cigarette. As will the next one and the next one and the next one!

You see, the thing with healing from nicotine addiction, is that it relies on a large number of neurons and neural connections within your brain metabolizing and breaking down due to INACTIVITY!.

The moment you smoke, especially during the early stages, you re ignite weakened connections that have been laying dormant. Instead of allowing them to break down, you re invigorate them and in turn, re enforce them.

Quitting immediately becomes harder.

Having a smoke will always be a step backward.

To be free, you have to heal, and to heal, you must absolutely not smoke. Having a smoke will always be a step backward.

There are going to be times, even in the medium to long term, the deceiving allure of tobacco will force you to recall the high of dopamine that came after relieving withdrawal.

If you find yourself arguing that “just one cigarette,” won’t hurt, you are in all likelihood, not fully resolved to quitting. Chances are, you’re also not prepared for long term recovery and have possibly quit under false expectations.

Full recovery takes many months and there will be many craves and many individual neural connections to break down.

Recovery always begins and ends after your LAST cigarette and never, ever, the next.

Of the very small percentage of smokers who relapse after medium to long term recovery, each and every one started with just one cigarette. If you decide that one cigarette won’t hurt, you will almost certainly spend the rest of your life a miserable full time smoker.

The fact is, until you choose to not smoke, EVER, you will never become a happy and free non smoker. Recovery always begins and ends after your LAST cigarette and never, EVER, the next.

If you find yourself debating whether to have just one cigarette, ask yourself this question:

Are you willing to undo everything you have achieved, all the recovery you have been through, and waste all that pain you have suffered, just to satisfy an extremely short and momentary whim?

A whim that will pass in less than a second if you allow it too.

No?

Then I guess it’s time to get on with enjoying the rest of your life!


 

Comments

  1. Excellent article! I’m on day 6, smoke free. I’ve smoked 23 yrs and tried to quit countless times. That was ALWAYS my downfall… just one. Just one won’t be a big deal. I’ve started my own blog/diary to help me through it. You can check it out here if you’d like: http://vondege.wordpress.com/
    Again, great article!

  2. I am going to read and re read this article. I’m at the 4 month mark and here and there suffering some really intense cravings to drive myself down to the village for a packet of cigarettes from which I will just have ONE and throw the rest away. All I need is that hit. For me, it’s the nicotine playing with my mind and I know I am still at risk of listening and acting. Any suggestions on how to stay in control of these visualisations and imaginings?

    • Hi Susan. Grats on 4 months!

      It does keep getting easier, even if slowly… I recall thinking there were so many things I couldn’t imagine doing without cigarettes. Now I go through 99.99999% of my life not even thinking about them. The 0.00001% is not even genuine craves. I am talking really weak, very short thoughts of needing a hit. It’s usually gone by the time I recogize it. I think the best thing to do, is keep reminding yourself it doesn’t happen overnight and simply trust in the process. If you did cave, you would feel absolutely gutted. Also, be mindful of the “quitters fatigue,” and by that, I mean becoming tired of the walls we hit throughout recovery. It is the last major hurdle I think. Beat that and you will be almost home and hosed. (Hit me around 6 months.) Stay strong!

  3. I smoked for nineteen years and quit for A YEAR AND TEN MONTHS (yep, almost two years) before succumbing to a moment of “surely I can have just ONE at this point” when someone offered me one at a social gathering. Needless to say, I was hooked again immediately. I smoked for another ten months until about six weeks ago. NEVER again. There’s no bitter feeling quite like having been a hopelessly addicted smoker who finally kicked it and then went back. There’s such a freedom that comes with getting rid of the smoking scourge.

  4. Paras mehta says:

    Hello everyone! I am a 27 years old Indian. I got hooked to the weed when I was 18. I smoked 12-15 cigarettes a day for 9 long years of my life. I quit smoking on October 31st 2013 but since then I have had three slips. I smoked 4 ciggies on November 22nd, 5 on December 20th & 2 on January 1st 2014. Needless to say I felt so sick & depressed every time I inhaled those cancer triggering tars into my lungs. My body has stopped accepting nicotine. The real tussle goes in the mind. I am feeling so disappointed with myself. Plz help me out of this.

  5. Paras Mehta says:

    Hello everyone! I am a 27 years old guy from India. I got hooked to this disgusting weed when I was 18. I smoked 12-15 cigarettes a day for 9 long years of my life. I quit smoking on October 31st 2013 after reading Allen Carr’s Easy way to stop smoking but since then I have had three slips. I smoked 4 cigarettes on November 22nd, 5 on December 5th & 2 yesterday. Needless to say I felt sick & dizzy every time I puffed on those cancer triggering tars. My body has stopped accepting nicotine but the tussle is still going on in my mind. Though i no longer enjoy cigarettes but sth inside me keeps reminding of them & interferes with my studies. Please help me out of this.

  6. I quit 26th december went cold turkey feel ok still get cravings but they pass. Good luck everyone

  7. I am at the 4 month mark, and am really doing okay. However, I have had 3 slips where because of drinking at a social gathering, I slipped and had one or two. I felt very guilty, but didn’t feel like buying a pack of cigarettes the next day. A whole month would go by, and then the same would happen again, without any cravings the next day. I don’t find it useful to think about those moments, because I am really proud of myself. I used to smoke a pack a day, and when I first quit, it was hard to even get out of bed in the morning.
    I hope it doesn’t happen again, and I am not using the fact that I haven’t started as an excuse to say that I could be a social smoker. I want to get to the point that I don’t feel like smoking, even if I am out drinking with friends. I have a wedding to go to at the end of May, which is the only dangerous event coming up, and I hope I can do it.

  8. After smoking for 25 years pack a day, I quit 7 weeks ago. I had too many reasons to quit. E-cigs was my way and thanks to it’s inventor. Asked my doctor if he feels ok about it. He told me they are safe. I wonder if I am still addict, given that e-cigs still has some nicotine.

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