I quit a dozen times in my life, from a couple of weeks up to 4 1/2 years. But I'd pick up again. After a decade went by I was introduced to Nicotine Anonymous. It's a 12 step program similar to Alcoholics Anonymous. I made the commitment that I'd never abandon myself again, thus pledging to go to any lengths to support my future quit. That also meant knowing that I couldn't do it alone, and so I decided it was time to use a system of support which works for thousands of people.
That intro to NicA paid off. I didn't quit the first year, but prepared by going to meetings every week. When I found one wasn't enough, I started a second meeting in my area. I never stopped being involved in the program. I use all the tools (even today) and find living nic free to be SO MUCH more rewarding than I could have imagined.
I have been clean for 13 years and three months! Life is so much better with NicA than with nicotine, I can't even begin to tell you. Just feel free to contact me if I can be of any further support. If there are no meetings within an hour of your location, there are online and phone meetings as a second choice. In person is the best.
nicamar.homestead.com (This one is for my region, which links to the national site as well.)
With grace and self esteem, honor the Passionate Tiger in You. Refresh your personal high regard (daily) in order to live happy, joyous and free.
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