I posted an article asking for advice on techniques to quit smoking. Moggy suggested using Chantix. I saw a commercial for it once or twice but didn't pay too much attention to it. Since Moggy gave me the suggestion because she used it herself, I decided to ask my doctor about it.
My doctor had never smoked but said she heard good things about it. My doctor told me I should start taking it, set a quit date within a week and then stop smoking. It sounded too easy. I tried to quit smoking before and it was hard, not to mention I craved cigarettes, I had a bad attitude and my attempts never lasted long.
I was hoping my insurance would cover most of the cost since I didn't really have any money. When I checked online, it was going to cost me $71 for a month's worth. I didn't care at that point because quitting smoking is important to me and I know I spend more than that on cigarettes each month. When I went to the pharmacy, my copay was only $20. I see it as a little test to see if I was genuinely ready to quit.
Chantix cut the craving I had for cigarettes. I smoked during the first week and quit yesterday. I had been smoking a pack a day but the last pack I had lasted me two and a half days. I took my doctor's advice and started smoking only half of a cigarette. Since I was taking the Chantix, I didn't smoke more frequently either. I just don't have a physical desire to smoke anymore.
It has only been a day, but I am excited because it has been a peaceful day. I haven't had cravings. I haven't tried to eat everything in sight to replace or avoid smoking. I haven't felt irritated or angry.
I do think about smoking, but I've been keeping myself busy with cleaning and other things I need to get done.
Chantix hasn't done all the work for me, but it has helped me immensely. I couldn't have had this great day without it. I am confident that I will be successful in my efforts as long as I keep trying.
Thanks for reading :)