Smoking Relapse Prevention

When we’re aware of the kinds of faulty thought patterns that can throw a quit program off track ahead of time, we have the advantage of being able to create a plan of action to deal with them.

Let’s take a look at 5 of the most common reasons people relapse and consider how we can navigate them successfully should they arise.

Self-Pity
Statistics tell us that 70 percent of smokers want to quit, so don’t feel sorry for yourself. Be proud that you’re taking a proactive stance against nicotine addiction.
However, there is nothing more valuable and life-altering than freeing yourself from the bonds of addiction. Remember that, and remember that the discomfort you’re feeling right now will pass. Nicotine withdrawal is a temporary condition, but freedom from it is not!

Self-deprecation is the act of belittling or undervaluing oneself

Self-deprecation is the act of belittling or undervaluing oneself

Self-Deprecation
We are always our own worst critics. We tell ourselves we can’t, and set the stage for failure before we have a chance to get started.

Pay close attention to the self-defeating thoughts that are running along in the background of your mind. Correct them as soon as you become aware of them, and don’t worry if you don’t really believe what you’re telling yourself. Your subconscious mind will pick up the positive mental cue and use it to help move you along in the right direction. Soon enough you’ll be feeling stronger and telling yourself that you can rather than you can’t.

Blaming Others
When we hinge our success on the actions of another, we effectively take our power to change and throw it out the window.

However, when we accept responsibility for our own actions, we also give ourselves the means to move toward solutions that will help us begin the process of recovery.

If you find yourself stuck in this kind of mentality, take charge and shoulder the burden of the choices you’ve made. While it may be hard to face at first, taking responsibility for our actions puts us on the fast track to healing and self-empowerment.

Over-Confidence
Otherwise known as romancing the cigarette, or junkie thinking, this kind of thought pattern gets us into hot water fast. Time away from smoking can blur the edges of the reasons we had for putting those cigarettes down in the first place. We forget the chronic cough and lose touch with the racing heart and breathlessness that came from climbing a flight of stairs.

As we gather a head of steam and start logging smoke-free time, it’s easy to fall into thinking that we have control over our addiction. Make no mistake about it, though; as nicotine addicts, we will always be susceptible to dependence once again if we introduce nicotine back into our systems. The only way to maintain control for the long haul is to have a zero tolerance policy with nicotine. Remember that there is no such thing as just one cigarette, and adopt N.O.P.E. as your motto.

People who suffer from severe impatience are often considered to be arrogant, insensitive, and overbearing.

People who suffer from severe impatience are often considered to be arrogant, insensitive, and overbearing.

Impatience
The fact is, your smoke-free journey is unique to you, and takes as long as it takes. Not a minute more or less. Quitting tobacco is a process of gradual release from an addiction that has been developed over a period of years. Don’t expect to be over your smoking habit in a week or two, and don’t gauge your success by how others have done when they quit smoking.

Be patient with yourself and use time as a quit buddy. Think of the work you’re doing to quit smoking as the foundation of a new smoke free home you’re building. Each smoke-free day you complete represents a block of that foundation. Lay each block down as carefully as you can, and before you know it, you’ll have a strong foundation upon which to build your smoke-free life. Take your time and practice patience … primarily with self! You’ll be rewarded a thousand times over with a freedom that is beyond compare.

Knowledge is Power

When we quit smoking, most of us go through a fair amount of junkie thinking – the internal battle between ourselves and our addiction. Early on in cessation, the dialog can seem relentless. It is temporary however, and will pass, as long as we don’t smoke.

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