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By February 12, 2011 - 10:44am

Hi everyone. My name's Brittany, and I have two addictions that are harmful for me and for others around me. I am addicted to cigarettes. I've been smoking for almost 8 years now, and I've never fully quit. I am also addicted to caffeine (mainly coffee, but also mountain dew). I'm a young mom and both habits are bad for my health. I would like to quit smoking, but cold turkey doesn't seem to work for me. The patches and lozenges and gum is outrageous in prices.
Any advice that may help me?
Also, drug addiction runs prevalent in my family. My mother is dealing with a crack cocaine addiction, two of my uncles were addicted to it when I was younger, and my grandfather is an alcoholic. I know this puts me at risk to develop addictions more easily. So I am hesitant, but soon, I will be taking antidepressants under the pharmacist's recommendation.

By HERWriter Guide August 17, 2011 - 12:24pm

Thanks elisha

I hope this helps out many of our readers trying to quit!


August 17, 2011 - 12:24pm
By August 17, 2011 - 9:54am

hey do this....... http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.quitsmokingcounter.com%2Fyour-quit-smoking-counter%2F&h=EAQCUmEtf

i just quit smoking 4 days ago and i did this and it was kind of neat to see and keep me on a path...good luck and keep it up!!

August 17, 2011 - 9:54am
By HERWriter Guide February 13, 2011 - 3:45pm

Hi Brittany

Thanks for your post and good for you for recognizing that you are probably more prone to addiction than others.

You may just have to quit smoking cold turkey. Sometimes that is the only option and you will have to find the willpower and strength somewhere.

After an 18 year pack-a-day (often more) I quit cold turkey after showing signs that my heart was becoming damaged from smoking. It was really hard - probably the hardest thing I've ever done. And it may be for you too but you're young and you need to do it now, before it takes control of you, if that hasn't already happened. It may take a year or more for you to get over this addiction but I can tell you it'll be the best thing you ever did.

I think you'll need a lot of support. Here is a list of many resources - don't be afraid to use all of them if you have to: http://quitsmoking.about.com/od/support/Quit_Smoking_Support_Groups.htm

Regarding your caffeine addiction - the good news is that this can be worked through in a matter of weeks. Many of us like caffeine (me included) and it's fine in moderation but you might want to quit altogether for a while. Bear in mind that Mountain Dew will also rot your teeth and cause bone damage, too. Coffee and cigarettes go hand in hand, especially first thing in the morning and after a meal. I know because I had to quit alcohol and caffeine in order to quit a near two decade old smoking addition so it was a huge undertaking (I was also working full time and going to college full-time to the stress was huge.)

If I could do this, I promise you can too. No false statements - it'll be hard and people will try to get you to smoke because they smoke too and don't like when someone does something that they are unable to. They'll probably offer you cigarettes to and say stupid things like "you could be hit by a bus tomorrow" or "you'll never do it so you may as well just smoke." These people will try to sabotage you so walk away! Be strong!

Regarding your last topic - why is your pharmacist recommending anti-depressants? Do you mean your doctor?

I hope to hear back from you!

February 13, 2011 - 3:45pm

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