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Smoking - January 14th 2017, 03:20 AM

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Hey there,
So I've never smoked in my life, but since I've been going through some really really rough stuff in life (some of you know whats happening), its been feeling more and more attractive that I smoke to deal with a whole bunch of emotional stress I'm under.
I'm a runner and so I know its awful for my lungs and will fuck up my running, but it just feels like smoking will help.
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Re: Smoking - January 14th 2017, 08:31 AM

Using any kind of drug, alcohol, or smoking cigarettes, to help deal with really rough stuff in life, is unfortunately the road to addiction. People use to escape, and end up addicted.

Running would be a much better way of dealing with stress and depression.

Finding a support group can also be very helpful.

Meditation, tai-chi, qi-gong, or yoga, can also help alleviate anxiety and heal the brain.

Those 3 things are the triangle of recovery.

(Smoking is also highly addictive. Later on you'll want to stop, and that's when you'll discover you can't. When you realize you can't control it, it's controlling you, that's when you realize too late that you're now addicted.)

The addiction is clever, because taking a drug or alcohol or smoking actually does help a little, for a short time. That's the lure on the hook. Once you bite, you're hooked, and then it actually becomes an impediment to recovery.

You can achieve the same helpful relaxing effect by learning meditation, or by learning one of the meditative motion exercises such as yoga, qi-giong, or tai-chi. It's all about training your mind to stay focused on the present moment. Just focus on the present moment, and when your mind wanders, let the thought go and return your focus to the present moment. There are guided meditations online, or apps. (Headspace is one that I've heard others praise.) There may be meditation groups in your area you can join. (Buddhist places often offer meditation classes. There's also Christian meditations.)

You can also go to a doctor and get some anti-anxiety medications. However, benzodiazepines can be addictive, so you need to use them carefully and sparingly. (Maybe have a trusted friend monitor your usage of them.)


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Re: Smoking - January 14th 2017, 12:37 PM

Hey,
Thanks for the response. I've actually tried running and meditating. They do help, but some days it gets really awful, and then I just want a quick solution. Like sometimes I stress eat heaps. Other times I just think I should go out and get a packet of cigarettes and smoke. I really try my best to avoid those thoughts, but I can't help it.


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Re: Smoking - January 14th 2017, 03:34 PM

Smoking can be a way to relieve stress however the long term effects can really impact you. For instance like you mentioned running, this would put more strain on your lunges when you run. Sure smoking can be seen as a quick fix but it's a really bad habit and addiction, one that can be hard to quit once started.

I would recommend talking to a counselor or a therapist about how you are feeling if you haven't already. If you are in counseling or therapy would it be possible to ask them to spend some sessions on coping skills or perhaps recommend any groups to learn to better manage anxiety and feelings. It would be really beneficial. You typically learn a lot and you'll find skills that are helpful.


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Re: Smoking - January 18th 2017, 09:09 AM

I suggest get some Ativan from a doctor. Use as needed (PRN). Once in awhile should be OK. Much better than cigarettes.

Or Xanax, Valium, Klonopin,...

And I suggest continue the meditation as it takes a few months for the brain to start unwiring the anxiety. It often works in the long run.
   
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Re: Smoking - January 23rd 2017, 03:31 PM

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Thank you for reaching out to us here!

Its actually proven that smoking and feeling the relief of it is very psychological as its also scientifically proven that smoking in fact increases stress.Fun fact for you there!

I am going to just say,that smoking is another negative behaviour to cope with how you feel. And I know how much these things can make sense at the time, but it won't help you very much. It'd be much much more better to put all you can into your running because exercise is great for stress!

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Re: Smoking - January 23rd 2017, 04:54 PM

Hey,
Thank you for coming to us.

Smoking can decrease anxiety and calm you down. I see it happen to my mom all the time.

The thing is to me I consider smoking to be another bad habit. Nicotine can be considered a drug and it is very addicting. I would try and pick up a stress relief activity. You said you like running maybe do more of that and blast your music to clear your head. Maybe kickboxing I know I enjoy that.

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