This post was submitted in our article The Side Effects of Quitting Smoking (article) and it was published as a regular post, many thanks for this wonderful story Andrew.
I started smoking when I was 18 years old and recently quit at the age of 25. While I was in HS I was on the athletic side of the spectrum and I despised anyone that lit up. After school, I found myself working a blue collar job and drinking a lot of booze and picked up this silly addiction.
I never considered that I was addicted to smoking. I had the free will to not smoke anytime that I wanted and I mainly lit up because it increased my social interactions with people similar to me. That is to say that I’m very shy in large groups of people and I let the control of alcohol, cigs, and some drugs enhance my social experience, wrongfully. Well I moved out of the US about 7 months ago and found myself hanging out with less people.
I found a girl and the social part of my life basically revolves around her and some acquaintances at work, nothing too big. I went out with a co-worker one Thursday and got really drunk and smoked all the cigs in the world. The next morning I fell ill with some type of virus. I’m not sure what it was but it is the reason I haven’t bought a pack in over three weeks. I quit cold turkey because I was to sick from a two-day hangover (it may have been something I ate or drank).
This actually has changed my life and now I find myself looking back and seeing that I was truly addicted. Of course I could handle stressful situations without thinking of a cig. I worked in a psychiatric hospital for 1 and a half years and found myself not craving a cig under stressful events. But back to my quitting story…
I quit smoking 3 weeks ago (cold turkey). The first week I had flu like symptoms without the fever. The second week I had a severe cold. The third week has been by far the worse as I have had a fever for 3 days now. The fever comes in the evening and leaves through the night. For all of the three weeks, I have had a sore throat. I realize that this nicotine addiction is more serious than I had originally thought. From thinking I could quick anytime I wanted to going through a relapse similar to someone who has battled a crack addiction.
I’m not a writer but I’m writing this because I cannot sleep, I have moist towels around my neck and forehead to cool me down, and my throat requires an abnormal amount of cough drops. I have been working through this pain for three weeks and I cannot show any weakness as I am a High School Teacher. The job I have does not come with any days off other than those long summer, winter, and religious holidays. I have come to the realization that this is a good choice.
I feel this shitty now but who knows what I would feel like if I continued smoking for the rest of my life. I would most certainly die at a young age and probably in much greater pain than I am in now. I assume I wouldn’t get to see my grandkids if I decide to have kids. This “accident” of quitting smoking, as treacherous as what I’ve gone through, has been the best thing to happen to me in my life.
Factors I consider helping me quit is having a companion you care and love (something I hadn’t had in over 6 years), removing myself from social situations where smoking was inevitable, and undergoing this “rehab” pain of this drug they call nicotine.
AWESOME story – thank you!
I am thoroughly moved by this experience and honestly it is true; quit smoking, suffer and heal now rather than suffer and be sorry for the rest of your life later on.
Thank you for sharing this story Andrew and for those would be non-smokers, strengthen your desire, quit smoking, join us and be the next happy non-smoker.
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