I have been reading on this QSMB as a guest for a few months, but I have never posted. For most of over 45 years I smoked 30-40 cigarettes per day. Just over 4 months ago I stopped smoking cold turkey. I stopped on a whim. I did not have a plan to stop, and I had never stopped before. I had no prior special knowledge about stopping. My knowledge base was that I was physically addicted to nicotine itself and probably very psychologically addicted to the act of smoking as well. My expectation was that I might experience a very unpleasant roller coaster of various feelings that could be both physical and emotional for a few weeks. I had no expectations beyond that. I did not tell anybody that I stopped smoking. I did not make any special commitment about stopping. I was not burdened with any pressure about the act of stopping.
I did get plenty of the unpleasant roller coaster of feelings that I expected during the first 3 weeks. I was aware of the different unpleasant feelings that I was experiencing, but I did not analyze them at that time. It was when some of the unpleasant feelings persisted after that roller coaster period that I started to research to see “is xxxxx normal?” My searches brought me to plenty of articles and web sites related to the topics. I was surprised at how limited and redundant the information was, and that the information was often dependent upon schools of thought and not on research or science. Sometimes posted topics from places like this QSMB are where my searches brought me. When I would land on these places, I would then search these sites for related content. The different quit smoking forums seem to have their own personalities. The personality of this site suited me best. The actual experiences of the posters on QSMB are not limited by schools of thought or available information. I read here a lot and it has been very valuable to me.
Thanks QSMB posters.