SRS Quit drinking, now i would like to quit smoking...help?

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  1. Pimpolo

    Pimpolo New Member

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    I've quit drinking and would also like to now quit smoking. I've been smoking since i was about 16-17 and im now about to be 23. Im smoking about a pack a day on work days, and sometimes up to 2 packs on my days off. My throat is starting to hurt all the time and i keep coughing up junk fairly often (as if i were sick, though i feel fine other than my sore throat and slime spewing) and im not sure what it is exactly im coughing up.

    As much as im on my feet at work i could use the extra lung capacity not to mention the extra funds i can save by not spending so much on cigs.

    What are some of the ways you guys have found work best to quit smoking?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. BBQ Monster

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    The funny thing is, my next step after my 12 step program is too quit smoking as well. Once you gain the will to quit drinking, and conquor something as extreme as that, it is much easier to quit something else you have set your mind too.
     
  3. johnny

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    :ugh: I coughed up alot of weird shit before I quit, too. Some of it was lung tissue :ugh:

    I don't want to freak you out or anything, but have a doctor look at some of that crud. Can't be too careful, especially if there is soreness.

    Go cold turkey, man. It took me about six or seven tries before it worked, but it did work.
     
  4. Pimpolo

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    It basically looks like the junk you cough up when you're sick... like flem or mucus. I think i will go see a doc about it though. Im constantly clearing my throat now, so often people make fun of me for it. I really cant believe i feel this crappy after only smoking regularly for a little over 2 years.

    Cold turkey? As in just stop? I really dunno if i can handle that, i got a bad enough temper as it is, i dont want to bite anyones head off for a stupid reason. I might give it a shot though. Thanks for the response guys.
     
  5. eligh

    eligh Go To A Meeting

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    Why did you quit drinking, are you an alcoholic? When did you quit drinking?
     
  6. Pimpolo

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    I have another thread about the drinking in here.

    Yes, i am an alcoholic. Drinking was literally ruining my life. Ive fought hard for years to accomplish what i have, and any time i would not acheive a goal, or even think i wasnt up to par w/ my personal expectations, I would drink. I've been sober going on 4 weeks now, and i attended my first AA meeting a little over a week ago (havent returned though yet due to my work schedule) and am looking forward to going back. I still get a little jittered when i see booze at the store or anywhere else, but i lost the urge buy it and drink it altogether.

    Honestly, i think smoking is going to be harder for me to quit than drinking. I geuss theres only one way to find out.
     
  7. eligh

    eligh Go To A Meeting

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    Oh yes, sorry I'm a little spacey, I posted in that thread and didn't notice it was the same person. Well, that's awesome on the 4 weeks sober, congratulations. It is vitally important that you attend more meetings if you want to be able to enjoy life and tough out the hard road that is recovery. Go as often as humanly possible while maintaining a somewhat normal life, cut out TV for a while, do whatever you can! They say to hit 90 meetings in 90 days if possible. Personally I couldn't hack it, but I probably hit about 50-60.

    As far as the smoking is concerned, easy does it. Let's worry about one thing at a time here, drinking will cause some serious problems for you right now. Quitting smoking will cause much undue stress for you this early in your recovery, and if you relapse to the cigarettes you may lose faith in yourself and begin drinking again. It's not worth it, I would definitely wait till you have a little more time under you to quit smoking. Cut down and try and only have a few day if you're really that worried about it.

    Right now it's much more important that you stay sober, and learn more about recovery. Living life sober is a new task, and you have much to learn. Good luck to you, and congratulations. Remember, easy does it, one thing at a time.
     
  8. johnny

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    ^ he's right...you should probably consider something more gradual than the cold turkey method since you're kicking something else too.

    Still, go cough some of that shit into a petri dish and see what's going on in there.
     
  9. Pimpolo

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    Thanks for the support man, its appreciated. Im planning on going to AA tonite if this weather here will lighten up some. I was a little concerned about trying to quit smoking while im fresh into sobering up. I have faith in myself that i can quit both, but everyone including me is worried about getting stressed out from not smoking and starting over at square one from both addictions. Im going to try to cut bck for the moment, and see how that goes beforei just drop it altogether.

    Thanks to everyone for the helpful suggestions, its good to know theres people out there i can relate too. And some are right down the block :) .
     
  10. Team503

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    I agree with eligh - focus on staying sober for now. If you can cut down (or switch to lights/ultra-lights maybe?), it will abate some of the pain in my opinion.

    To me, I'm not ready to quit smoking - too much stress from quitting drinking. :)
     
  11. selfpollution

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    I started coughing shit like that up when i was like 17, i'm 25 now, nothing bad has happened, that i know of. it just kind of stopped, and i still smoke like a fiend, it's wierd.
     
  12. pmenard

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  13. AlexC927

    AlexC927 New Member

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    I smoked cigarettes for 11 years. GOt up to two and a half packs a day. Marlboro's.

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