This is how I stopped smoking. Your results may vary, it depends on your self control, willpower (lots of it) and the strength of your desire to stop sucking on fags. The steps I took worked for me and as of 7/28/2011 it has been 2 years, 10 months and seven days since my last cigarette. No drugs or expensive aids were used. Stuff the stop smoking marketing and putting money in the drug makers pockets.
Just so you know what you are getting into. Cigarettes are one of the most addictive things you can get hooked on. When you try to stop cold turkey, you get headaches, weird feelings and a craving that you would kill your mother over if if she stood in your way of getting a cig.
Now, here are the steps I took to quit. The time it takes depends on the willpower and self control, the stuff I mentioned earlier as being essential.
The first thing you must do is recognize that you are addicted to cigarettes. One you recognize and accept this condition, you must then determine if you want to quit. This is very important. If you do not want to quit, you won’t. Period! Stop here and go light one. If you cough often, think about coming back and reading more.
Next, you must determine what activity is linked to having a smoke. One of the most obvious for most people is, dinner and a cigarette after you have finished eating. Another is coffee and a cigarette or drinks with cigarettes. The list goes on. First, identify the links.
Why must the activity and cigarettes be identified? One of the things you must do first is break these links. After dinner or eating, do not smoke. Do something else. Anything but smoking. Break the links. This step us very important. Skip this step or fail to identify the links will cause you to fail in your effort to stop smoking. This step should take you about two to three weeks. You can write it down or not. I did not write anything down, just a mental note.
I did not say that this would be easy. It is hard and takes commitment. Here is the good part. Keep smoking. Just do not smoke after dinner, or with drinks at a party, or with coffee or any activity you have identified with smoking. Here is the zinger.
At the same time you are breaking the links, you must also stop caffeine.
Caffeine is also an addictive substance. You have to stop drinking coffee, Coke, Pepsi and any other drink with caffeine as an ingredient.
When you stop caffeine you will get headaches and feel weird for a couple of days. I used a painkiller for the headaches and they eventually will pass after a day or two. Once you have stopped or broken the addiction to caffeine, it takes about two to four weeks, you can now start to break the cigarette addiction.
At this time, you should have broken the link between cigarettes and your activities linked to cigarette smoking, as well as, your addiction to caffeine. Now is the time to start weaning yourself of of smoking and the addictive drug nicotine.
You start by counting the number of times you smoke in a day. Make note of them. This is important because you are going to cut down the number of times a day you have a cigarette. You are going to wean yourself off the noxious weed slowly, until you are down to one cigarette a day. When you reach one a day, you just stop. You are still addicted to nicotine, but it is a mild addiction easily broken. If you are going to use the drugs, now is the time. I did not, so keep reading for the method that worked for me.
This is the method I used to wean myself of the cigarettes. This is where the willpower and self control mentioned at the beginning of this post becomes very important.
You now know how many cigarets you smoke a day. The day you decide to quit, the regimen to follow is simple but hard. Backsliding is permitted and even desirable. Do not let guilt about backsliding and sucking on a few more fags impede your progress.
Start by only smoking when your body tell you that you must have a cigarette. You will know the feeling. Headache, shakes, weird feeling. When this is your state, go smoke. Enjoy it. Have two if you want to. Do not smoke again until you get the feeling.
After a two weeks, you should be smoking less. In some cases not much less. Now is the time to to power throughout the feeling of needing to smoke. When you get the feeling that you have to go and smoke, try and delay going to smoke. This takes will power and self control. Do not worry about breaking down and going for a smoke. Failure at this point is acceptable and should not be a cause for guilt. The goal is to reduce the number times you smoke a day. What I did was to drink a lot of water. This helps to flush the toxin called nicotine from your system and takes away the urge to do something with your hands and mouth. Drink a lot of water.
You are not just breaking an addiction, you are substituting the activity of smoking with some other activity. The activity can be anything else. Smoking alleviates boredom when you have nothing to do. It give you something do with your hands and mouth.
As you wean yourself off of tobacco, the number of times you smoke per day should be decreasing. If the number of cigarettes is not decreasing you are not trying to break your addiction. Give up and start over when you are ready to quit.
When you keep reducing the number of cigarettes you smoke, you will eventually get to smoking one cigarette a day. Do this for a week. Now is the time you to throw away the pack and stop smoking. Your addiction at this time is mild to minimal and it is just the habit and mouth feel of smoking you have to get over. Try not to substitute eating. You will put on a lot of weight.
When you finally stop the hard part begins. You will get urges and have the desire to smoke constantly. It will take one month before the urges diminish. The urge will never go away. They just get less urgent over time.
Once you pass the first month, you should be able to claim that you are smoke free. The longer you are smoke free the less likely you are going to start smoking again. Be warned, once an addict always an addict. To start smoking again, all you need is an excuse. Some people quit many times before they are successful.
Give this method a try. It worked for me, it may work for you.