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NML feels sucky but is a really crucial part of the quit.  It actually feels like month 3 was probably the "cement it in"month, all those rinse and repeat thoughts are your junkie DYING off, although I appreciate it feel different.  It's not though and take it from one who trudged wearily too, it is your junkie brain in a go big or go home call back...do not listen!!  Message people, post tripe, hit up the swear thread, stay in touch here and we can keep your sparkle alive.

 

I always tried to remember two things. 1. After a hard day, an easy, or even a few easy days would come. 2.That a lot of people struggled in this time frame, but had later happy quits so it has to end right!

 

I promise you it's worth it. And keep reality about you, it's just thoughts, nothing like the early days, just lots of thoughts. How many dumb things have we done by thinking about them...probably loads :)  Don't let the thoughts take hold is all.

 

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I don't really believe in 'self fulfilling prophecies'

especially in regards to 'no man's land'.

Some folks hit a bump in the road after the shine of the quit has worn off.

They are not alone.

N O P E   N O P E  N O P E  and NOPE.

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Another pot hole on the freedom road.  

 

Stay focused and remain committed.

 

The transition between smoking and not smoking can sometimes require saying

goodbye, at least temporarily, to our smoking buddies.

 

Feelings of isolation and loneliness can happen.  

 

Recognize it if and when it happens and make sure you have the friends you need near at hand.

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bump and HERE is a great post Nancy found 

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Great post and very interesting....another post coming at a time when needed. No Man's Land....I can say for sure been there or still there or Post Acute Withdraw..which ever freakin one you want to call it. Hit me a month or so ago. Depression anxiety ..all that crap but not as bad as the first time around when I first quit. I don't know how the brain works or when it just says hey guess what I am going to freak out for a while get you back on the right path then leave you alone so you can get shit straight again. I know one thing for sure I am much better and does it really ever go away. I really don't think so it's just another thing in life you learn to deal with over time and before you know it your not thinking junkie thinking. All I know for sure is that one day I think you just have had enough and it's time to move on and your brain says okay your right now lets get on with it. I don't know what happened to me but rest assure I will never forget it or get over confident again. I really do think it's the brain playing tricks doing a last ditch effort to get you to light up again. I read articles where ppl have this the rest of their lives. Well if thats the case then so be it. Just flare ups once and a while for a month or so then they go away. I came to the choice of hey why not. I have many other things to deal with in life what's one more. I will admit it can be very stressful at times but I have learned to accept it as a friend coming. You can't deny it so accept it and just say.."hey your back again,how long you going stick around this time"? Out smart yourself takes a bit of practice , which I am still working on but it helps. Anyway keep the quit..YOU CAN DO IT 

 

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