How do you quite something by putting a patch on that puts into your system what you are trying to stop doing.
True, which is why I used Chantix. I quit smoking on May 18th, 2007 after smoking for 32 years. Chantix does not put nicotine into your system. Nicotine goes to receptors in your brain and causes your brain to release dopamine, which in turn, gives you a feeling of well being. Chantix blocks those receptors, and releases a small amount of dopamine into your system. Not nicotine. In my case, I had ZERO physical withdrawal symptoms. ZERO. But there is a psychological side of the addiction that is up to you to beat. A pill can't do that for you. I have a friend that, upon hearing my story, decided he would try Chantix. He thought it would make him quit. Your success in quitting, under any circumstances, is directly related to your will to quit. You have to really want to quit and you must commit to it.
When I tried to smoke, after being on Chantix, I found that all I got was a sick feeling. None of the satisfaction that I used to get when smoking. My mind told me I wanted a smoke, but when I smoked, I got nothing from it. So, it made no sense to smoke. I am smoke free now, and I have not needed Chantix for well over a year now. I am so proud of myself, yet it seems like a dream. I see people standing outside at work, smoking, in the cold, or in the rain. And I realize what a slave to cigarettes I used to be. They had me outside at restaurants smoking, while family and friends stayed inside , probably talking about how they wished I had never picked up that nasty habit. When I come out of a walmart and the smell of cigarettes hits me, it's nauseating. I can't visit my brother for long because the smoke makes me sick.
John, I tried the patch, hypnotism, cigarest, etc. I believe in Chantix and wish you would consider it. Sorry for telling this long story, but I feel so strongly that Chantix would help you, if I could afford it, I would buy it for you!
Doc is right, the psychological side is hard, but think of this: We are programmed to think we can't quit. We hear so many people say "I tried everything and I just can't quit!" or various other lines like that. We tell ourselves we can't do it, because we have tried so many times.
When a baby elephant is born in a circus setting, they tie it to a stake in the ground. It pulls and pulls but can't pull the stake up. As it grows into adulthood, it quits trying to pull up the stake, because it has been programmed to think it can't. We both know a full grown elephant could easily pull up that stake, but he doesn't. So he don't try.
My thoughts and prayers are with you on this , John. I know you can do it, if you really want to.