Have you been quit for a while — maybe even a few months — and you still get strong craves on occasion? Do you wonder if maybe there’s something wrong with you, that you’re still having such strong cravings this long after you quit? Do you ever question if maybe you’re just not strong enough?
Are you having a tough time dealing with your emotions now that you’ve quit smoking? Did you used to stuff your feelings (anger, disappointment, loneliness, sadness) behind a cigarette when you were smoking (i.e., did you use smoking as a coping mechanism instead of dealing with uncomfortable emotions and/or situations head-on)?
Have you quit smoking? Does it still feel strange to you not to be smoking? Uncomfortable, even? Do you ever wish you could just “get back to normal”?
Have you quit smoking and stayed free for a while, but all of a sudden find that you’re starting to eat everything in sight at certain times of the day (or even all day long)? Have you been doing everything you can to live as healthy a lifestyle as possible now that you’ve quit, but now you feel like your eating is getting out of control?
Has this happened to you? You quit, and you were going along really strong for the first 3 weeks, or even 3 months, and then you found that the urge to smoke got stronger and stronger?
At that point, did you start missing that first cigarette of the day, or how having a smoke could really calm you down when you were under stress? Did you start to think, “Hey, I’ve got this thing under control; maybe I can just have one cigarette now and then…”?
How did that work out for you?