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10 Steps to Relapse






Posted June 11, 2014 


Saw this some where else, not sure if it has bern posted here or who wrote it...


Ten Steps to Relapse

1. "Try" to quit.


2. Idealize life without smoking.


3. Associate your daily problems and disappointments with the fact that you're not smoking.


4. Begin to buy into the idea that you are more miserable now than before you quit.


5. Start responding to your problems with, "If this keeps up, I am going to smoke" then add "anyhow" then add "so why suffer anymore?".


(Alternate 3-5)

3. Associate your success with the idea that you have licked the nicotine habit.


4. Begin to buy into the idea that you could smoke without getting hooked again.


5. Follow-up this idea with, "I have not smoked in ___ days/weeks/months/years" then add "I have not had any cravings" then add "I could have just one").


6. Buy, borrow or steal a cigarette.


7. Find a quiet, secluded place where you can be alone with the substance to which you have attributed all power and promise for fulfillment of your needs.


8. Feel yourself calming down even before you light up, which is actually the Nicodemon ceasing to scratch at your insides as you prepare to feed the addiction.


9. Light-up and suck in all the poison you can get in that first drag, while beginning the battle against being disappointed in yourself, noticing that this fight is not half as ferocious as it was to get the nicotine.


10. Within a few hits, feel dizzy, cough a little, smell the stink, and realize you are  not going to stop smoking that cigarette, you will keep smoking despite the bad feelings, and wish you had not given in.


Link to original post: https://www.quittrain.com/topic/1631-10-steps-to-relapse/


Edited by jillar

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