What was your hardest day when quitting?

Postby Yulok » Sat Jul 05, 2008 2:26 am

Hello all, I'm on my 4th day now and am having a very hard time. Today has to be my worst and I'm not looking forward to tomorrow(wish I could just sleep right through it :cry: ).
I woke up this morning feeling really crazy with cravings, had my first real panic attack and got a massage from a friend and afterward I had my worst headache and cravings yet and am still not feeling any better.
Anyhow, just wondering when it got better for y'all and what was your worst day if you had a single one.

Also, what hobbies and habits did you replace your old habits with? I picked up bicycling and while I am riding I feel wonderful, but it hurts to do it for more than 30 minutes :lol:
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Postby HDog455 » Sat Jul 05, 2008 3:08 am

Hey Yulok,

For most people the first few days are definitely the most difficult. It's great that you are bicycling - exercise was the main thing I used to replace sitting around smoking dope. I found that, without daily exercise, I had a lot of trouble getting to sleep at nights.

Keep on with your daily exercise - it will get easier as your fitness improves. Four days pot free is a big achievement and you should be proud of yourself. Everyone is different in terms of how long it takes before the cravings and other physical withdrawl symptoms subside. But be assured that it will get better and soon you will be totally loving your new weed free life.
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Postby Yulok » Sat Jul 05, 2008 3:26 am

Yeah, very true. I know it will get better, just surprised me today and really made me down thinking about how tomorrow could be worse. It's funny because I smoked a pack a day and weed every day for 2 years with a few breaks and I had slowed down just recently on weed, although I substituted it heavily with alcohol, and finally decided that I was done and every day was getting better, although only little by little, until today.
That's very true though about the fitness. I can now bike over 5 times as far as what I could the first day without stopping and gasping for breath, and yesterday and today did an average of 6 miles versus my first two days being about 2... my legs are sore :wink:

Thanks again
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Postby dennis broadway » Sat Jul 05, 2008 5:15 am

best things for me were reading, exercise and meditation. the first few weeks will be rough, but after around day 7 or 8 i started to feel better each day. also, the more time you get behind you the more determined and focussed you become. but watch out for the relapse weakness around 3 weeks, and 3 months. as soon as you feel like you want to smoke or drink, push it out of your mind and focus on ANYTHING else.

cycling is a great great thing to do right now. i always rode pretty seriously, but before i quit i maxed out at 20 miles at a time, and only 2 times a week or so. now i am riding a consistent 35-40 4 days a week. i dont mean you should go that far with it, since it is my primary hobby, and has been for some time, but it reallllly gets your mind off of all other things but the next mile. what type of bike do you ride? if you really want a workout, and something that offers a serious amount of focus and determination, switch to a single speed road bike (if you arent already on one). i usually ride a standard road bike, but when i quit smoking i found my rides becoming a leisurely way to kill time and get too deep into my own head, so i switched to a single speed racing setup to cut down on the cruising and really get down to brass tacks. it really worked. now i only ride my single speed.

eating right is another thing to focus on. if you spend all day eating fruits and healthy grains, you can take up a good amount of time with that alone.

reading, like i said, was key for me. just be sure and choose material that is not going to aggravate anxiety or depression.

i also had long, great conversations with my mom, of all people, to clear my head and get a new perspective on stuff. it turned out to be one of the best things i have ever done. if you have someone close who you feel like you may have lost touch with, reconnecting with them can be great and you can find some face to face support.

i spent a lot of time rediscovering things i already knew i enjoyed, like certain movies and books and music. i found that i had all of these things i knew i liked, but i had never really fully appreciated due to the weed fog. i must have read 30 books in 6 weeks at the start. it really helped me get my mind sharp again.

good luck yulok, just keep your spirits up as best you can, be active, and stay focussed and healthy. dont forget that it is going to be hard, but before you know it things will be better, and you will be immensely happy with your choice. its always a good feeling to have folks here pulling for you, and dont forget that we are. also, if you relapse, that does not mean you cant do it... it just means you need to give it another go. dont let that happen and then guilt yourself into giving up. stay on the horse, but if you should happen to fall...
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Postby Yulok » Sat Jul 05, 2008 2:04 pm

I ride a Murray mountain bike(is really old model but my first project when quitting was fixing it up) on a very hilly gravel road. I get very nice highs when rushing down a hill and pedaling as hard as I can to get up the next and the highs last for quite a while. I started reading a while back the space odyssey books and got half way through 2061, but it feels now like it was so fuzzy that I might read them all again.

Thank you for the warning about the relapse too, I know that is going to be a hard time and easy to throw everything away.
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Postby fukchronic » Sun Jul 06, 2008 10:33 am

yulok! man its so wierd knowing that ppl accross the world are going through the exact same thing. tomorrow is day 4 for me aswell, been a rough couple days but i dont plan on giving up yet.. just thought id let u kno im goin through the same sh**! goodluck
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Postby Yulok » Sun Jul 06, 2008 5:07 pm

Sweet news. Keep it up, we're all in it together. You should read Distraction for Addiction topic. I'd have to say when I'm down and thinking how could one hit hurt, using some of those techniques are really helpful.
I just don't let the time when I forget about fighting the cravings get too enjoyable because then I forget I'm still fighting and when the cravings come back I feel like I lost my will-power after having so much fun.

Keep me posted on your progress, I'm on day 6 and it's getting a lot easier(starting to forget what it felt like to smoke all day)
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Postby yeeman311 » Tue Jul 08, 2008 6:54 am

Yulok,

The first week sucked for me until I learned to get more positive thought in my head.

You said you love the feeling of riding your bike fast downhill and getting that natural high. Drill that thought and felling into your mind. Whenever you get that "negative" feeling, think about that moment. Breath deeply, hold it, and slowly blow it out like a whistle.

It's amazing once you've learned how to "trick" your mind back into a positve mental attitude. I started playing more poker. Rewarding myself with the money I would have spent on weed on a weekly basis. Taking my nephew fishing, my niece to a new hiphop dancing class. Just doing things that bring a smile to my face.

It really does get easier, but your have to be around people that are supportive and not condesending in any way.
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Postby SpencerK » Tue Jul 08, 2008 2:39 pm

I gave up smoking fags (15 years) and the herb (14 years) in one day. The hardest day/s was about 2 weeks in, this lasted for about 3/4 weeks. After this time however, things got easier each day. The only reason it got easier is b/c I had something to keep my mind on.

Now, I'd never go back to smoking - I like my brain too much now.

For sure, you will suffer panic attacks, moods swings, bad sleep, bad eating etc... But this will all pass with time. You have just got to want to do it, sail through the pain and anguish. Imagine you are a boat, a hell of a boat, and all this sh** of giving up is the sea around you. In time you will get to you destination, at times the waves will be high, but still as long as your boat keeps strong and sails in the right direction - you will get there, once there - you can get rid of the boat and jump in a shiny new car - then the world is yours.. Just got to pay for petrol ;)
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Postby Yulok » Tue Jul 08, 2008 3:11 pm

Good analogy. I am now celebrating 1 week! I got so wrapped up with a friend a mine last night too that I didn't even get to see it happen, which I was somewhat planning on doing. Counting the seconds like New Years.

Anyway, I feel like this past week was the hardest and best week I've had for 2 1/2 years. Now 2 of my friends that have been smoking are now quitting after seeing how healthy I have made my life. They aren't going to do it as drastically as I have, like exercising every day and staying totally clean of all drugs, but the fact they are giving up smoking habits is well, well enough.

My hardest day was definitely that 4th day, and finally I am realizing that my life is not getting influenced by it. I still have my moments, but to give up all that I have achieved just to have to go through all of this sh** again ain't gonna happen, not on my watch.
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Postby spliffalicious » Tue Jul 08, 2008 5:13 pm

I had 2 weeks of sleepless hell the first time I gave up. It was gnarly but I was committed and eventually got better. keep on bicycling and keeping yourself busy. it's just a temporary fix but it will help immensely.
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Postby Yulok » Tue Jul 08, 2008 9:12 pm

Indeed, today I rode my bike and felt like a machine. Went twice as far as I have in the past days and am barely sore. I set a 30 day goal for riding with no breaks to a friend's house(about 7 miles up and down hills) and back after a 30 minute break. It gives me something to really work for and once I do it I'm sure I'll only want to set a higher goal than that.
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Postby tommo637 » Thu Jul 10, 2008 12:48 pm

just wanted to add to that other comment, today is day 5 for me too, and it is crazy we are all going through the same sh** from different countries in the world. We can all source the motivation from each other, I got the weekend coming up which is always the hardest part, but if i make it through i reckon i can go 2 weeks, then from there, who knows! good luck from down under guys, ill let you know if i get through the dreaded straight saturday night :S
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Postby dennis broadway » Thu Jul 10, 2008 8:09 pm

yulok, just wanted to let you know i was considering your quitting spree last week, and decided it was time for me to give up cigarettes as well. its been 6 days now, and i must say it has not been easy at all. where weed has the painful, emotional addiction, nicotine is just a pure physical NEED... very tough indeed. i really admire your ability to face both things head on at the same time.

i still feel like crap from not smoking cigs and craving them, but i rode 57 miles yesterday, and plan on riding 57 more tomorrow..
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Postby Smurfetta » Fri Jul 11, 2008 12:07 am

dennis broadway wrote: nicotine is just a pure physical NEED...
I know its wrong of me to throw myself into a thread like this but I browse and I see something that catches my eye and just have to comment.....nicotine has a far stronger hold than is often summarised.
I,myself feel that nicotine takes a hold of some of the chemistry firers amongst the brainwaves and dominates....so when it comes to depriving the brain of its security it goes haywire,doesnt know what to do.
Nicotine is by far underestimated as a drug.I never realised this until I gave it up but I assure you it is NOT just a physical addiction,there is a very ever-present mental addiction too!
I am living proof!!
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