Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Drugs are a funny sort of animal. They can do really good things for you, bad things, make you feel nice and then make that niceness go away.
Recently I tried some drugs to help me finally kick the habit of smoking. I've always believed in going cold turkey so I would never use the patch or anything else with nicotine in them. The sooner it's out of me, the better, I always thought.
Well, I can't tell you how many times I've tried to quit. At least 20 times. After watching the amusing cold turkey ads on TV, I decided to get serious and so see a doctor.
One thing my wife has always dreaded is my crankiness when I would try to quit. My immaturity was legendary in our household and it wasn't uncommon for Tanya to tell me to buy a cigarette even though I had made her promise to help me quit smoking. She could take a little bit of my attitude but after awhile my new personality would prompt her to accept me smoking again.
It might surprise some people that I haven't smoked for seven weeks (49 days) now and I'm still married, better yet, we haven't had one major fight.
How did I do this? How did I quit smoking, stop my body from taking in nicotine and still have my wife cooking for me?
I did it with drugs, of course.
With a combination of anti-depressants and anti-anxiety pills, I'm usually pretty mellow now and not even thinking about smoking a cigarette.
When I first heard the term anti-depressant, I was hesitant. I don't feel depressed but my doctor told me there was a reason I always started smoking again.
I decided to place my trust in my doctor and after prescribing some anti-aniexty pills to take the edge off, I've been smoke free.
My doctor suggests a regimen of six months and since she' been right so far I don't see why I should mess with it.
So I'm using a drug, which if used in too high a dosage, can be harmful to you.
Is it worth it? I would say yes.
Smoking is much more harmful for you than some little happy pills. Even if those little happy pills are mixed with a couple of alcoholic beverages and make you fall down steps and give you a black eye.
I used to feel helpless against my smoking addiction and my doctor warns me quitting will be the hardest thing I ever do. I'm cool with that as long as I have help along the way. Not having that craving is half the battle in itself.
I'm done thinking going cold turkey is the way. For those who really want to quit smoking it can be done now, and a whole lot easier than you think.
I know seven weeks doesn't sound like a long time but to a smoker it is, and to not have any cravings in those seven weeks is a huge deal. If you're real serious about giving up smoking, go see your doctor today. It will save your life. I promise.