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When I stopped and experienced withdrawal, I was surprised. It was not worth all the dread I suffered thinking about it. Rather, the odds indicate that this is not a simple job and that preparation is needed. The next chapter talks about how to handle those feelings so that withdrawal can pass quickly and our recovery can progress uninterrupted by relapse. Stopping and staying stopped keeps us from moving in and out of withdrawal. Exercise: Withdrawal Symptoms Remember to stop. Take three slow, deep breaths.
Learn what your defenses are, how they protected you in your addiction, and decide how to use them today. Address depression and anxiety. Recognize the influence of learned sex roles, family roles, definitions of success and perfectionism; learn how to handle compliments and criticism. Moderate your allornothing thinking and develop strategies to deal with control issues. Recognize allornothing trust issues and learn how to set healthy personal boundaries as you build trust in yourself and in others.
The withdrawal symptoms, though unpleasant, pass rather quickly. The physical benefits of abstinence are substantial and begin soon after we stop smoking. There are many tips for quitting; resources and support groups are available. All of our efforts now are practice in stopping for good. We live our life one day at a time, and that's the way we quit smoking. Weight gain can occur in early recovery, but there are effective ways to keep our weight within the desired range. A plan of physical selfcare is essential and the benefits of putting one into action can be great!