My approach was to really get under the skin of the term 'addiction'
Basically I psychoanalyzed myself to death. I read up on addictions(I knew a little bit beforehand anyway).
I did'nt differentiate between any kind of addiction in my approach and observation of what I was experiencing in the process of giving up.
All addictions have the same hallmarks.
Kept underlining that fact 'they are all the same'.....A smoker is no different from a substance addict. The attitudes, denial, potential consequences, routines of a smoker a basically the same.
Of course there are variations and extremes but an addict is an addict.
Smoking is just more socially ( less as time goes on) acceptable.
Then I kept in mind all the positives that I was aiming for.
Not to stink
and stink smokers do.
To see my skin tone change.
To stop those smokers lines around the mouth and the rest of my face before the damage is done.
To increase energy ( ok I didnt know I had lupus:hehe
To feel liberated,free, more in control and the dignity that comes with having the strength to overcome the addiction.
I could go on
Then there is the con trick...that a smoker buys into....' it helps me with stress' . The deceipt of that is marvellous..
Just like any addiction you need to smoke to keep the withdrawal symptoms away. There lies the stress. Smoking does not help with stress , it adds to it.
My children....whether they would or would not smoke in the future, I didnt want to be the one who took the risk that my behaviour would influence them in a negative way.
Bet your thinking ,,,,,,,goodness this girl is serious, I only wanted to have a few hints and tips
There was also the element of pre diagnosis , that I thought or wondered if the doctors would take me more seriously if I did not smoke regardless ,rightly or wrongly.
I also wanted to be serious about it as well. Wont we do what we can to feel better?.
I did not want to pay those who made loads of money out of people who are addicted at their expense. It began to seem really really corrupt to sell a product that had such serious potential.
Now I have bored you senseless....I just want you to know one thing.
I could go on and on forever
If you really want to give up you will..
Anyone can , and you can learn to enjoy all those things you think you never will without a cigarette and you will feel better about everything knowing what a positive thing you have achieved
Here endeth the lesson