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Cold turkey: 0h

Filed under: Health — Tags: , , , , — Lorenzo E. Danielsson @ 20:50

It’s April 3, 2008 20:50. I’m just finishing off the last cigarette I have. I’m going cold turkey.

I’ve always tried to cut down gradually, and always failed. Thanks to this site, which was recommended to me in a comment to a previous article I wrote, I’ve come to believe that the only way to quit is to go cold turkey.

I’ve prepared with orange juice and some candy. I must not fail this time. I’ll be posting about my experiences as a go along. I expect (from previous attempts) the first five or so days to be the hardest part.


  1. Congratulations Lorenzo on your decision to come home to you, to take back your mind. This temporary journey of readjustment can be the most amazing journey we’ll ever take if we’ll only ourselves to not be afraid.

    Lorenzo and John’s chemically enslaved minds bounced back and forth between an endless cycle of insula driven urges, craves and anxieties and dopamine pathway “aaah” sensations. Emotionally beat and rewarded, is it any wonder that grew to equate that next mandatory nicotine feeding with food, that we came to see it as defining who we are, giving us our edge and that life without it would be horrible?

    Lorenzo, I hearken you back to your pre-addicted mind, a brain that went weeks and months without once thinking about wanting to smoke nicotine. Would it be good or bad to journey home to such mental calm, quiet and comfort?

    Dump needless anxiety generating fears, Lorenzo, and embrace and savor this period. It’s hard to notice the beauty unfolding around you gripped with fear. Remember, the only way you can possibly relapse is if nicotine re-enters your bloodstream.

    During recovery we’re not fighting a whole pack or even a whole cigarette but just that first powerful puff of nicotine that, within 8 to 10 seconds, would cause up to 50% of our brain’s nicotinic-type acetylcholine receptors to be occupied, creating a powerful dopamine “aaah” explosion that our mind’s pay-attention pathways would make nearly impossible, in the short term, to forget. There was always only one rule, Lorenzo, no nicotine just one hour, challenge and day at a time! We’re with you in spirit. Yes you can!

    Breathe deep, hug hard, live long,


    Comment by John R. Polito — 2008.04.04 @ 09:33

  2. Thanks for the support John!

    As you will see from a later post, I had a relapse. Funny enough, I think it was good for me. I was left with a “was that all feeling” towards the cigarette that I had craved so much for. The relapse strengthened my determination.

    Comment by Lorenzo E. Danielsson — 2008.04.04 @ 10:00

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