I notice this section of the forum is very quiet. I also notice that many, many people here don't use patches. I'm not going the vaping route for various reasons so thought the patches were a good choice. I know I am still addicted to nicotine.....I do know this The mental side of things was what was really scaring me. I thought if I used the patches for a awhile, I could tackle those horrible mental cravings. So far, it's working. I do have a huge fear of leaving the patches behind. I don't feel I will cave in and smoke again (I really don't and that makes me immeasurably happy!) but it's still scary. What I really want advice about is how long should I wear these these things. This is the advice given by the manufacturer:
If you smoke 10 or more cigarettes a day, start on Step 1 with the 21 mg patch. Use that for six weeks, before moving to Step 2 with the 14 mg patch for two weeks. Then on to Step 3 with the 7 mg patch for a further two weeks.
6 weeks for the step 1 patch!? Does everyone stick to that? I've done 13 days on step one and was thinking about dropping to Step 2 tomorrow morning. Is this a good decision? I know that will be hard for anyone to answer as we are all different......but does anyone have any experience they could share? I've started to take my patch off hours before bed. I think I do this as prep for the future. Any help would be appreciated.
When I joined here it was a lot more "Cold Turkey is the only way to fly" ... having used patches for 4 days, I went with the advice I got and ripped off the patch... but gave myself permission to slap one on a the first sign of "kill somebody or smoke" -ness. I never got quite to that point. So I consider my quit "cool turkey" and damn proud of it
There are a lot of differing opinions about methods and NRT, but keep in mind they are opinions not rules. I think we can all agree that whatever helps you stay smoke free and build a life-long quit is a good thing.
You're using the patches for exactly the right reasons... to give you time to tackle the "mental side", the behavioral actions, the mindset, the triggers. Overcoming these is the hardest part of staying quit forever.
It is never a bad idea to follow the directions on whatever method you use. That said, there is also no harm in attempting to step down early if you are feeling strong, and if it makes you too uncomfortable, going back to following directions.
There WILL come a time of withdrawal from nicotine. It is not painful. Uncomfortable, antsy, anxious, maybe a little insomnia... but not nearly as bad as most of us anticipated.
The fear of it is much worse than the reality.
You're doing a wonderful job, Orca!!
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