Shout It From the Rooftops: I QUIT SMOKING!!!
Yep, that’s right. After just over 18 years of smoking off and on — mostly on — I finally have made the decision to quit smoking. I just couldn’t keep justifying the money I spent on cigarettes. So I made an appointment to go see my doctor. I had her write me a prescription for Chantix.
Chantix works as a nicotine blocker, so it keeps the nicotine from being absorbed by the brain. That part is key. In addition to blocking the nicotine, it causes the brain to release similar levels of the natural “feel-good” drug called dopamine. That part is also key. The brain releases tiny amounts of dopamine when you smoke, but that level quickly subsides when you finish your cigarette. The Chantix keeps the levels of dopamine elevated – at a safe level – while curbing your desire to smoke. If you smoke and want to quit, I highly recommend you go to http://chantix.com for more information. They can explain it much better than I can. And since I’m not paid by their advertising department…
Anyway, through much prayer and being fidgety, it’s been almost three weeks since I quit smoking. I slipped about 10 days ago because I went out of town and left my prescription at home. But ever since I got home and resumed taking the pills, I’ve not had so much as a puff! Even when I was slipping (a.k.a. smoking) I really wasn’t getting the full “benefit” from each cigarette. Remember what I said about it being a nicotine blocker? That’s why I was able to put them down as soon as I got back to my pills.
Before when I’d try to quit, I’d make it for quite some time, and then if I’d slip and have a cigarette, I’d get a tremendous buzz from it. Enjoying that feeling, I’d be back at it again — only I’d smoke more than I had before.
I hope this post serves as an inspiration to some of you who are out there and want to quit smoking. If I can do it, you can do it. I know it’s cliché, but it’s really true. I suffered a severe head injury which caused my frontal lobes to be damaged. The frontal lobes, as it was explained to me, act kind of like the front brakes on a bicycle: sure you can stop using only the back ones, but it’s not nearly as effective as the front ones. So if I can do it, I BELIEVE you can, too!
How ’bout it?