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5051252 tn?1362970368

need help with addiction and quit cold turkey

i am 8 years sober, just about, from percocet and vicodin. i would take 12+ pills a day for about 10 years. my WD from those were horrible but only lasted about a week. i just don't remember them being this bad.

see.... i have been a smoker [cigarettes] for 16 years or so now. a pack a day. and i decided at 10pm last night that i was going to quit cold turkey.

i could really use some help right now, because i feel like i am genuinely going to crawl out of my skin. i do not believe my WD to opiates was this bad, honestly, but then again it has been right years since i went CT.

can someone shed some insight on this for me? what can i do to help?
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495284 tn?1333894042
COMMUNITY LEADER
Congrats on your clean time from opiates and on your decision to stop smoking.  This one is tough but you can do it!  Get yourself busy, take a walk, clean a closet, just do something to try and take your mind off this.  My daughter quit a few years back and the struggle was real.  She had an 800 number for the Quit Plan and she would call them when she was struggling.  I think if you google that the number will come up.  Think how good you will feel when this is over.  This part is only temporary.
495284 tn?1333894042
COMMUNITY LEADER
https://www.quitplan.com/  

They have a helpline # listed.
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Hey asaliorswife I quit smoking about 5 years ago. So what you need to do is keep yourself busy and try to break smoking habits such as having a smoke with a coffee or after dinner. I hope this helps.
5051252 tn?1362970368
thank you so much! that addiction to opiates caused me to have horrible side effects - such as panic disorder and severe health anxiety! it sucked but i don't even think of pills, not in the least. they actually scare me - even OTC medications, if you can believe that.

i keep reading and researching about quitting and i keep coming across posts about quitting smoking causes heart attacks because your body cannot handle, sometimes, being normal once again.

any light that can be shed on this?
495284 tn?1333894042
COMMUNITY LEADER
The benefits of quitting far outweigh anything you are reading.  These are the times where the internet can be a bad thing!  Call that helpline number and talk to them also about your fears.  We are here for you too~
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thank you so much
495284 tn?1333894042
COMMUNITY LEADER
How are you today?
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not so hot. quit last night, felt okay. smoked a few today, stopped at 6pm and now on hour four of hell
5986700 tn?1380791380
The struggle is real......good for you for trying....I quit 6 weeks ago and started again a week ago.....ugghhhhhh.....this is like the 6th time in the last 4 years...... I will try again though....good luck to you s.wife.                                    
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i have failed at my quit
No you haven't failed you just found a way not to use to quit :-) Try again you will make it
Avatar universal
you are notvan addict never will be  but you were habituated to opiates and tobacco  both are hard to drop  need help of non smoker  twosm weeks bad but time moves quickly  rule:  absolute never stick a cig in your mouth ever never  one will redo it  just like one pain pill
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i was addicted to opiates
20391860 tn?1497230541
I stopped smoking cigs almost 4 years ago and switched to vaping. It's really been a lifesaver for me. My breathing is SO much better. I've steadily lowered my nicotine down,I'm at 10 mg. Now, and plan on jumping when I get down to 3mg.
Avatar universal
I too switched to vaping and now I don't smoke at all.  Vaping helped me a lot.  How are you doing today??
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i am still smoking - trying really hard. did you truly quit if you are vaping with nicotine?
Avatar universal
I quit five years ago with nicorette gum.  Smoked a pack and a half a day for 25 years.  The gum makes it much much easier.  It gives you something to do when you're craving a cigarette.  I chewed however much I felt like having and after several months just very slowly chewed less, cut pieces in half and mixed with regular gum etc until I wasn't chewing any.    
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