Even after you break up, it can be hard to stay away from cigarettes completely.
And it’s no wonder – nicotine is one of the most addictive chemicals on the planet. Getting over that addiction can be hard. For some, quitting is not much of a challenge, while others have to plan it carefully, get support and follow through on every step. Many have broken up with smoking, so it is possible. It is truly the best thing you can do for your immediate health.
About half of all newly broken-up smokers get back together with smoking within the first 2 weeks. It is not uncommon, but don’t use this fact as an excuse. It just means that breaking up is very hard work. If you can continue for 6 weeks without smoking, chances are good that your smoking days are over.
The difference between a slip-up and getting back together with smoking.
It can be hard to tell the difference between a slip-up and getting back together with smoking, especially if you were only an occasional smoker to begin with. One way to tell is by looking at the number of times you’ve slipped. A slip can be when you have a few puffs or even a whole cigarette. Although a slip can mean you could get back together with smoking, it doesn’t mean you should give up. Don’t beat yourself up for it. Just dust yourself off and try again.
If you think about your reasons for quitting every time you smoke and still have the resolve to break it off for good, it’s probably just a slip. Getting back together happens when you actually start to give up on your break-up plan. Don’t give up. Don’t let smoking win.
Understand why it happened.
It’s important that you look at the reasons why you had that smoke. Was it stress? Were the cravings too much? Were you out with friends and unprepared? Look at the events that led to the slip-up. Remember, you had that cigarette because you believed a lie that smoking told you. So go back to the list of triggers and think about how you can handle yourself differently next time. Hopefully when you find yourself in a similar situation, you’ll have a better perspective and a better outcome.
If you think you slipped up because your cravings were just too much for you to handle, you may want to consider trying another break-up method. Just keep trying. You will get there if you keep trying.
Four things you can do to get yourself back on track:
- 1.Change your routine. Control your surroundings to eliminate any possible temptation to get back with smoking.
- 2.Renew your commitment to ending your smoking relationship by getting support from people you trust.
- 3.Call a Quit Coach at 1 866 366 3667 and get a personalized action plan to help you stay away from your old haunts once and for all.
- 4.Download the Break It Off mobile app to help you control your cravings.