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8/3/13 4:04 P

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Anybody can get surprised by one of these dreams. I learned that one can be triggered by my being out of touch with something that has me stressed (so I'm not aware I have an issue). I've seen the dreams since then, NOT as a sign of wanting to smoke but a sign that I am suppressing something I need to acknowledge and work through.

As far as COFFEEQUEEN's concerns, YES IT DEFINITELY GETS BETTER. But you need to learn new coping skills in order to help that preoccupation fade out of your mind. This is to me the biggest challenge (not withdrawal after all) AND THE BEST OPPORTUNITY for growth!

Life really gets better -- when you work with the new but slow process of "Changing" your Mind. Check out all the support and tools you can for the long haul. It's a lifestyle change, and in that first year Everything is a new challenge.

www.nicotine-anonymous.org

Dale

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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7/29/13 5:56 P

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Yes! I dream (and daydream, ha ha) about smoking all the time. I wake up glad I'm still on track & didn't cave, but a little sad that I'm still fighting it. It's been 210 days since I quit, but my thoughts are still preoccupied with thoughts of smoking. I'm really hoping that the first year is the worst. I have to believe that it gets easier or I'll just give in and smoke now. As long as I have hope, I'll continue to fight the cravings. This better get easier! emoticon

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7/29/13 9:40 A

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I have had a few of those dreams since I quit. I always wake up disappointed with myself and then thankful it was just a dream. emoticon

I have them less now than when I first quit, so hopefully they stop completely. People I work with, who quit smoking said they have them too.




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7/28/13 11:37 A

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I don't have those dreams anymore now, but I did have smoking dreams for awhile after I quit. They can go away after so long, but it might be good progress that even in your dreaming mind, you are realizing that smoking isn't what you really want to do.

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7/27/13 8:10 P

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Last night I had my second dream about smoking since I quit almost 4 weeks ago. The first was disturbing, because I had a smoke (in my dream) to deal with a stressful situation (also in my dream) and in my dream it actually did make me feel better. This was NOT a good dream for me because that is one of the things I have done over the years - used cigarettes to deal with stressful situations. This was very early on after only quitting for a few days.

Last night's dream was much funnier. I dreamed I was out for a walk and then somehow I was smoking (don't remember lighting it or anything). Had a few puffs and didn't like the taste. Threw it down in disgust and then was very upset with myself because I would have to post to this group that I was on "day one" again - LOL You are keeping me honest, even in my dreams! I was relieved when I woke up to know that I had not actually given in.

I was encouraged by the difference between the dreams - in the first I enjoyed it soooo much, but in the second I didn't enjoy it at all.

Any other nighttime "dream-smokers" out there?

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