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Message Board > Methadone > Quitting Smoking Cigarettes

Posted by: itspossible July 16, 2017, 8:19 PM
I know this may be a little off topic on this board, so please forgive me, but I'm am going to kick the next thing on my list which is cigarettes..
Have any of you guys got any tips for me? anybody on here quit? Id love to hear any and all advice.

Posted by: Lvg July 16, 2017, 9:09 PM
Same way as Opiates coldturkey...'s my next step also....let me know how it goes...

Posted by: Lvg July 17, 2017, 4:57 PM
Hey it'spossible, How are thing going for you.. How much clean time do you have now?? Just wondering where your at.....

Posted by: itspossible July 17, 2017, 6:22 PM
hey lvg.. ive got 11 1/2 months clean..I went cold turkey {which I don't recommend} last aug 3rd..

I haven't taken ANYTHING.. A few ibuprofen, nothing else. Nothing for sleep,stomach,nerves..I just went hardcore..

slow taper over a long period works for a lot of people.. " overfifty" on here was successful with it amongs others..I was just never able to taper..

I'm going to quit smoking this aug 3rd if all goes well..

how are you making it?

Posted by: NeedHelp123 July 17, 2017, 9:47 PM

Aug 3rd? I jumped July 12th! Crazy how close are jumping times are. Good for you! Isn't it great not having that huge gorilla on your back? Forced to see that type of Doctor, drop off samples like your not trustworthy or have done something wrong, can't go away anywhere overnight without remembering to have that drink packed with you...rushing back home after being half way to work because you rushed and forgot to take it. Oh boy, I remember a few times being so angry speeding back home to down it and rush back to work. It's such a wonderful thing not being chained down to anything, isn't it? And the new emotions! Yes, I do still sometime get those times in the day when I feel set back with anxiety and the pawsy feeling, but it passes. I keep reminding myself, its still quite early in recovery from this type of mu receptor altering drug and the brain still has a lot of healing to do. I would take any bad days I feel now over any "good" day when I wasn't clean. No chains, my friend! It really does just takes a while. Btw, I'd love to see updates once you quit smoking.

Posted by: Lvg July 17, 2017, 10:18 PM
Hey it's possible, Good for you my friend we are a select few that have done this.. I to take absolutely zero pills,no vitamins they actually made me sleepy.. I eat healthy cause I still have stomach issues, I just finally got the extra methadone weight off, I look awesome,feel awesome pretty darn good lately.. now with all that said I'm really hoping the bad, largethic lead suit days are behind me, but as you know this process is so unpredictable....All in all rebuilding all the wreckage I left in my wake of Active Addiction.. How are you Feeling lately..

Posted by: itspossible July 18, 2017, 7:11 AM
@needhelp123 its a great feeling not having to worry about taking that poison.. You really don't understand what it does to you until you get off it..I still have minor issues I am dealing with but nothing like the early days of getting off..Theres not doubt I have a ways to go but I can see the light now wheres as early on there was no light, just darkness..
I will let you know how the quitting cigs go..Im putting together a plan for that..
As for the feelings go, well, you don't know what you got until its gone..You never relized how good water feels on you, or how great the sound birds make, or a sunrise is or a sunset is..It sounds strange but its true..Im filled with remorse, regret and a sense of wasted time..Ive got a lot of fences to mend, but its never to late and it is possible..Havee a great day brother..

Posted by: itspossible July 18, 2017, 7:17 AM
@lvg I'm doing good,thank you for asking..Im also still lazy and have a lack of energy but its getting slowly better..Im doing stuff now that I haven't done in years..Trying to make up for lost time and I feel overwhelmed at times..Im just glad I didn't wait 1 day longer,there is no better day than TODAY,theres no better time than the PRESENT..If any body out there is reading this thinking about coming off, it is 1005 TOTALY WORTH IT..YOU ARE WORTH IT !!!!

Posted by: Lvg July 18, 2017, 8:30 AM
Yes it's so worth it... I'm working at it daily.. Most days great some not so great but we are Human....

Posted by: JunkyDave July 19, 2017, 9:56 AM
7 weeks today for me. Also completely clean and sober. Baby Aspirin is my friend. I didn't actually quit smoking (2.5 ppd) but switched over to vaping. Mixing all my e-juice myself. I consider it a safer alternative . The real cigs were killing me. Here's an article on a study done by the Royal College of Physicians, the same folks who discovered the link between cigs and cancer in 1962.
I say, Quit if you can but if you can't at least try a non-combinationable nicotine delivery system.

Posted by: Lvg July 19, 2017, 10:08 AM
Where's the study on vaping??

Posted by: itspossible July 19, 2017, 11:17 AM
thanks for the response guys.. congrats on your 7 weeks dave...You are going where few have gone and you will reap the benefits from it, that I promise..

I know its not going to be easy to put the cigs down, but neither was my other problems, but here I am knocking on a year cleans door..
I'm sizing it all up at the moment and preparing to climg my next mountain, wish me luck..

I hope everybody has a great day !!

Posted by: marykat80 July 19, 2017, 10:12 PM
Congrats to all of you!! And even more so for contemplating quitting smoking after beating one big a** demon!!!!!! For real...after kicking methadone my smoking INSANELY went up. So much props to you guys!! :)

Posted by: itspossible July 20, 2017, 10:14 AM
Thanks marykate for your support by responding here..Ive read many posts by you over this past year, and let me tell you, I APPRECIATE YOU and what you have done for this community..This place needs people like you..
My smoking has also went up from 1 pack to 1 1/2 packs a day..I needed them {along with my coffee} this past year more than ever..But its just another crutch..Its another weakness that I don't need in my life if I'm going to go to higher places..Its going to get interesting, but I'm going to give it a go..If I fail, ill keep trying until I succeed, I wont give up..

have a great day !!!

Posted by: marykat80 July 25, 2017, 6:05 PM
@itspossible.. I recently started cleaning house for an older woman. Pills EVERYWHERE!! I've glanced at the milder pain killers..tempting. The morning I read your post I went there and saw a bottle of oxycontin. I picked it up several times..I thought about what you said. I thought about how far I've come..and put it back. So yeah we are all helping each definitley did that day. It's hard when staring you right in front of f***ing face. When it's that time of the month for me my impulse control is extremely low...and again today I looked and fought with my head. I'll keep trying to stay do the same. Everyone on here :)

Posted by: itspossible August 3, 2017, 8:23 AM
well, I got my 1 year clean as of this still struggeling quiting my cigs though , but I know it will come and I'm not giving up..
hope everybody has a great day today..

Posted by: JunkyDave August 3, 2017, 9:24 AM
I've composed a celebratory haiku for your achievement.

Getting clean is hard.
But with work you can succeed.
It is Possible.

Posted by: Lvg September 27, 2017, 8:13 AM
Hello it'spossible, How are you doing these days. Update when you can..

Posted by: itspossible September 27, 2017, 9:30 PM
hello lvg, I'm doing very well..I am comming up on 14 months in about a week,..To be honest, I have to check the days date and count to even see where I'm at, I never think about it..I will always know my quit date however,that day wont be forgotten..I don't have any lingering symptoms except for bouts of laziness,and sometimes I'm extra tired when I get home from work..
On a side note I was sent for a drug screening { routine } about 2 weeks ago and and really had a great feeling knowing that there was nothing in my body..My paperwork had 10 panel checked on it and I just laughed to myself..
Anyway, These damn cigarettes still have me, but beating them is on my mind and I'm just like a tiger stalking its prey,im just waiting for the door to be left open one day and I'm going to walk through..

If my memory serves me, you should be approaching a year? That's HUGE,your an inspiration to many people and you should hold your head up high and proud of that accomplishment..Im glad to see you and thanks for asking about me..

Posted by: Lvg September 28, 2017, 10:40 AM
Hey it's possible, yup still clean for today.. Same here just mild lingering physical symptoms now and again but I'm thinking after 30 years of abusing drugs and wide awake Feeling it I have gotten older...yes I admitted it... broken down beat up body from all the garbage.. of course after a long day it's natural to be tired..I just have to accept it that I'm not 18's 11 months still going strong. Glad to hear you are well..the journey continues.....

Posted by: Overfifty55 October 12, 2017, 1:42 PM
Hi itspossible:) how’s it going today? Just a quick check in.........peace

Posted by: itspossible October 14, 2017, 6:53 AM
Hello overfifty, hope your doing well..Thanks for looking in on me..Im ok considering..
I lost my job a week ago, { nothing I did } just a very depressing situation to be honest.. Especially with the holidays approaching.. I have already sent my resume out and crossing my fingers for something..
you have a good weekend...

Posted by: Overfifty55 October 14, 2017, 6:35 PM
Hello itspossible:) I'm sorry about your job. Hoping for a quick response back from your resumes. I am doing well. Feel real bad for your situation. Sending good vibes your way......peace

Posted by: Overfifty55 October 16, 2017, 7:56 AM
Good morning itspossible:) Thinking of you today and wishing you well..................peace

Posted by: itspossible October 16, 2017, 2:14 PM
thank you overfifty, I really appreciate it...I'm hoping I will hear something this week..I need it, I have kids that rely on me..
I think you are coming up on a year? That is incredible!!!
I'm wishing us all good luck...

Posted by: NeedHelp123 October 19, 2017, 10:25 PM
How's the smoking coming along itspossible?

Posted by: Overfifty55 October 20, 2017, 11:05 AM
Good morning itspossible:). I have been thinking of you wondering how the search is going. Please know your in my thoughts. Sending good vibes............peace

Posted by: itspossible October 20, 2017, 12:49 PM
@needhelp good to hear from you !!! Ive cut my smoking in half, I have not quit yet but that day will come.. How are you feeling?

@overfifty, Thanks for checking in on me, its good to hear from you..I hope you are well..
Nothing yet on my job search, its very disappointing to say the least..Im hopefull that something will turn up soon though..

Posted by: NeedHelp123 October 21, 2017, 10:24 AM

Doing okay, thanks. To be honest though, still a struggle...sobriety that is. Now that I've overcome this, I find the struggle is real with just trying to deal with life. I was not myself..numb for so long due to that drug, I often ask myself..who am I now that I'm clean? I'm better now in so many ways, but it's difficult to remember who I was before I began taking all that stuff. I am doing it, will continue onward and will never go back but I am noticing the weight is becoming more prevalent as time passes. But, I am clean and free from all that stuf and that's something I am grateful for. How are things with you?

Posted by: itspossible October 22, 2017, 7:32 AM
@needhelp I know what you mean..I don't have any MAJOR issues, with that said however, I do still have times/days where I struggle with all sorts of minor things that brings on depression,no motivation, lazy a**, frustration, etc..
Like you also, my life is so much better in so many ways but I'm still searching for some direction,like I'm lost and don't know where I'm going in my life..Im doing things that HAVE TO BE DONE, and not doing things that NEED TO BE DONE if that makes any sense..Im surviving, is a good way to put it..
I was on a 2 decade binge before quitting, so theres that..
Life is short and the clock is ticking, ive already waisted so much of it, that's what worries me the most..
Have a great day to all..

Posted by: Lvg October 22, 2017, 8:53 PM
Hello itspossible, Let me start by saying how Proud of You I am. Your strength at being and staying clean is an inspiration. You should be proud of yourself. Life on Life's terms.. be greatful your alive today and clean today. Some of us don't have that chance. Making meetings? I know for me it takes time and I have to put the work in ya know... acceptance of time lost journey has not been easy to say the least I'm still struggling when life shows up.but there is absolutely nothing so grand in my life that will ever make me pick up and use. I roll with the Good days and the bad..I do believe all will be well in Time... Stay Strong for Today..

Posted by: Overfifty55 October 26, 2017, 11:57 AM
Good morning itspossible:). Your doing an amazing job I am very proud of you. You’ve got over a year and almost 3 months off and that’s awesome. How is everything going today? I am thinking of you and doing a check in. Have a beautiful day..........peace

Posted by: itspossible October 26, 2017, 5:24 PM
overfifty--you are so much appreciated that you dont even realize..THANK YOU..
Ive got 1 yr and 3 months coming up in a week..And you are starring down a year,incredible..
I am doing good..Ive got a job interview in the morning and I am cautiously optimistic..Very nervous to say the least..I NEED IT..

Posted by: itspossible October 26, 2017, 5:31 PM
lvg--thank you for checking in..Im really happy to hear from you..Anybody that can get off this stuff is a special person..You have something special inside you and oviously theres a larger plan for your life..

Posted by: Lvg October 27, 2017, 12:59 PM
Itspossible, I think you are special Getting off this Garbage ughh awful but we did it...hope all is going well with you... Sorry I haven't been around this forum but I see you are doing amazing. Not so much traffic on this site.. you have a bright clean future live it my friend..

Posted by: Overfifty55 November 1, 2017, 3:06 PM
Good afternoon itspossible:) Doing a quick check in with you. How are things going for you today? Wishing you well on this first of November........peace

Posted by: mollyjean November 1, 2017, 8:08 PM
hello all ive been a member on here it seems like forever.Ive been clean 5 yrs I say Im clean as Ive been in a methadone program & though I will not dscuss that here I will say I feel it has helped me get myself & my life back
Anyways in August (less than 1mth after my 50th BD)I had a brain bloodclot.They put a shunt with coils in the base of my brain & for now Im ok

I am struggling so so bd with cigarettes.I love them & hate them.I was told I MUST quit or I will develop more clots.
You would think that woud be enough to make me stop.Sadly it hasn't.I will do so very good only to grab more when the stress of life gets too much

Any and all advice wil hel.I know knowledge means power so the more I can learn the stronger I may become....I don't want to take Chantix because I have very bad reactions with it.
So please if you can take the time I really could use some input

thank you for any help

Posted by: itspossible November 2, 2017, 5:19 PM
Hello molyjean, I have not quit smoking yet..I have cut back a lot though..My cigarette habit has been a hard one to break..Im not going to give up though..Good luck to you..

Posted by: itspossible November 2, 2017, 5:27 PM
Hello overfifty, thanks for checking in..I appreciate it..I got myself a job and I have been very busy this past week..Im a little bit tired, I should mention that its a NORMAL TIRED after a long day at work..My spirit has been lifted and I'm grateful..thank you, ill check on you this weekend..

Posted by: Overfifty55 November 4, 2017, 10:18 AM
Good morning itspossible:) Congratulations on your new job that is wonderful!! I am so happy for you. I'm doing good no complaints. I'm having a quiet Saturday enjoying my coffee with my cat on my How are you today? How's your smoking doing? Before I quit cigarettes I vaped. That helped me quit. I reduced my daily cigarettes over time then switched. It didn't happen over night but with time I quit😆. Have a beautiful day........peace

Posted by: Overfifty55 November 6, 2017, 6:38 PM
Hello itspossible:) . How are you doing? Did you start your new job? Okay enough questions lol. I'm so happy everything is coming together for you. Will check back later.........peace

Posted by: NeedHelp123 November 27, 2017, 9:30 PM
Itspossible, how are ya? Hope all is still going well.

Posted by: itspossible November 28, 2017, 6:29 PM
hey there needhelp123, I'm doing great..Thanks for asking..I took a new job recently and its been keeping me real busy..I don't have any problems to speak.. I will have a year and 4 months sunday..How are you doing? good to see ya..

Posted by: NeedHelp123 December 1, 2017, 4:14 PM
Itspossible, that's great to hear! Yeah, I believe I'm around 16 months too. Still clean :) Some days are up and down, but that's just life and all that comes with it. We're getting ready to go on a trip next week...get away from the stresses of city life and all, so pretty excited for that. And its almost Christmas! lol feeling sooo much better and in such better shape from last December. Anyway, so glad to hear you're doing well. We are in the 1% who escape this type of thankful to have persevered and not given in.

I'm proud of you, my friend. Have a great weekend *virtual fist bump* :p

Posted by: Rob S. May 28, 2018, 7:04 PM
I quit smoking after 39 years or something like that. I started by trying to cut down i.e. break your little habits like having a smoke with coffee or after a meal or as soon as you get up in the morning. When you go out, only take a few smokes with you or smoke half a smoke at a time (works better with rollies). If you feel like a smoke have one if you really want to but instead of having another one when you normally would...wait half an hour. Cut down! most people are destined to failure if you "cold turkey". Try cutting down by a few smokes a day, stick to that for a while. Get used to not smoking at your whim first, then cut down more. Maybe I'm not a good example of how to quit because I don't believe you need to rush. What you do need is to make it stick. DON'T RUSH. Good luck!