Once upon a time, there was a girl named Ruma. She was a smoker and knew smoking was bad for her health and the health of her future pregnancies and children. In 2014 Ruma found out she was pregnant and quit smoking cold turkey. As the nicotine detoxified from her body, she gained many health benefits. Her senses returned, and she was feeling an increase in energy and motivation. She felt secure that she was giving her baby a healthy environment to grow. Ruma had a healthy baby boy and they lived smoke free happily ever after….THE END.
WAIT…the above story is fictional. Real life does not have such a simple “Happy Ending”. In reality the story is just beginning.
I quit smoking during my pregnancy…and in a fantasy story it would have been the “Happy Ending” to my smoking story. However, my smoking story is not fiction, and the ending is just the beginning of my smoking struggle. Since, my son was born, I have been returning to my smoking habit. I have had a couple of cigarettes and now I feel I am getting addicted again.
I use to smoke a certain brand of cigarettes; I loved the taste and feel of the smoke. However, since my son has been born I have been sneaking my husband’s cigarettes, which is a different brand. I am now craving this new taste and feel of the new cigarette. Oh no…. I am starting a new addiction to a new brand of cigarettes.
Over the last couple of months I have been trying to deal with staying smoke free alone. I didn’t want to admit to myself or others that I may need help. But it’s not working and this is when I realized, the time has come when I need to ask for help with my smoking addiction.
I have always been hesitant to ask for help or even disclose my smoking habits to anyone. Therefore, I thought I would begin with doing some internet research and reading others blogs and thoughts. I recently googled 1001 ways to stay smoke free….Wow the link has so much information. The site has information posted from different individuals and educational infographics. Have you viewed the website? See attached link http://1001stopsmokingways.com/. The website has given me new strategies to work with my smoking addiction.
The web link also redirects you to smoker’s helpline. Has anyone used the smoker’s helpline? I think I will try it out and will let you know my experience in my next blog. I would love to hear your experience, please share your experience.