AVRT for smoking - SoberRecovery : Alcoholism Drug Addiction Help and Information
Go Back   SoberRecovery : Alcoholism Drug Addiction Help and Information > Secular Recovery > Secular Connections
Register Blogs FAQ Members List Calendar Arcade Mark Forums Read




Reply
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 07-05-2017, 03:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
Member
 
applewakesup's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 192

AVRT for smoking


Hello, I have a silly little smoking habit of 1-2 cigarettes a day. I'm tired of it and ready to quit. I'm sure there are others who have used AVRT for smoking here. I guess the answer is just to say I don't smoke, I'm never going to smoke and I'm not changing my mind. Anyone else who's done this want to chime in on your experience?
applewakesup is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to applewakesup For This Useful Post:
AlericB (07-05-2017), MythOfSisyphus (07-06-2017), zenchaser (07-06-2017)
Old 07-05-2017, 05:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
Member
 
AlericB's Avatar
 

Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Chester, UK
Posts: 153
When I quit smoking I'd never heard of AVRT but I applied the same principle of vowing never to smoke again. This isn't so surprising because AVRT formulises the lore of how people have always self-recovered from drugs.

My case was different from yours in that I was a chain-smoker - I remember smoking once with my head up a chimney in a house where smoking wasnt allowed - which actually helped by giving me a big motivation to stop.

If you want to quit I dont see why the approach you outlined wouldn't work.

I used nicotine replacement therapy which I now wouldn't advise because all that is is a safer form of smoking and my quitting smoking involved giving that up as well. It really was just means of prevarication suggested by my AV.

Some years later I still have occasional AV about smoking. It's most intense in dreams where I've started smoking again and I wake up thinking 'oh no!' and then feeling tangible relief when I realise it was but a dream.
__________________
"Do you find coming to terms with the mindless tedium of it all presents an interesting challenge?"
Douglas Adams
AlericB is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to AlericB For This Useful Post:
applewakesup (07-06-2017), zenchaser (07-06-2017)
Old 07-06-2017, 04:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
Member
 
applewakesup's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 192
Thanks, Aleric! It seems so dumb, just a couple cigarettes a day, but I hide it from my friends and my kids, so it builds up as a dishonesty in my mind. Something about it keeps pulling me back, almost like i need one bad thing to do. Finished a pack yesterday after work, so I just need to avoid buying any more. But that's it, I don't smoke any more and I'm not changing my mind!
applewakesup is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to applewakesup For This Useful Post:
AlericB (07-06-2017)
Old 07-06-2017, 04:34 AM   #4 (permalink)
No Matter What.
 
zenchaser's Avatar
 

Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 2,240
Good for you applewakesup! I used a version of AVRT to quit smoking and drugs but I didn't know it at the time. I used AVRT to quit drinking, are you planning on using it just for smoking or have you quit drinking too?
__________________
The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do.
Amelia Earhart
zenchaser is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to zenchaser For This Useful Post:
AlericB (07-06-2017)
Old 07-06-2017, 09:44 AM   #5 (permalink)
Member
 
applewakesup's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 192
Oh, yes, I've quit drinking too. 32 days today!
applewakesup is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to applewakesup For This Useful Post:
Carlotta (07-08-2017), zenchaser (07-08-2017)
Old 07-08-2017, 12:46 PM   #6 (permalink)
Sober since October
 
MidnightBlue's Avatar
 

Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: In the world in my eyes...Somewhere I've never been before...
Posts: 5,245
Blog Entries: 42
Hi, Aplle.

I know a person here, on SR, who quit smoking using AVRT. It was 4 years ago.
Good luck to you.
__________________
I knew nothing but shadows and I thought them to be real.

"Normal" is not something to aspire to. It's something to get away from.

The first step to success is getting out of your own way. Never explain, never complain
MidnightBlue is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to MidnightBlue For This Useful Post:
applewakesup (07-13-2017), Carlotta (07-08-2017)
Old 07-13-2017, 09:37 AM   #7 (permalink)
Member
 
applewakesup's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 192
Hi all, just a little update from me. I haven't had a cigarette since I originally posted. It was easier than I thought, because 1 cigarette a day is mostly emotional, not really physical. I think I just wanted one bad thing to do. So stupid, but I'm really not missing it. Especially because I don't even know anyone who smokes cigarettes.
applewakesup is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to applewakesup For This Useful Post:
zenchaser (07-13-2017)
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing this Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

 



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:40 PM.