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Old 01-18-2020, 12:57 AM   #1
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I'm day five smoke free and day five on the patch.

I'm having what I am assuming is natural side effects, but I'm very confused.

I'm inhaling all food around me. In five days I ate an entire case of store-bought breakfast burritos...I don't remember eating all of them until it was gone. I was supposed to share them with my parents and even though they teased me they were understanding. My dad said, "It's better you gain a few pounds than to be a smoker, because once you're used to no longer being a smoker you can focus on eating healthy" and my mom cried out in the background, "please eat all the veggies we bought!"

I also am experiencing an extremely high sex drive. I feel like I will **** anything that moves. I have two main fantasies and they alternate, but I am indulging in these fantasies up to four times a day, normally it's once maybe twice every other day.

My mood has been a roller coaster with high anxiety. No real cravings in these past five days.

Is any of this normal? I don't feel normal even though I don't have any cravings.
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I am no shrink, but it seems somewhat reasonable to surmise that some of your compulsive/obsessive drive from the nicotine addiction is just spilling out into other areas of your life. It is not at all uncommon. Some people in the recovery world refer to this as "substitute addiciton." Food and sex are common ones.

I would just caution you not to **** anything that moves while you are in this adjustment phase, as that could potentially cause all kinds of longer term problems. Do you exercise? Do yoga? Any healthy hobbies? Maybe try putting that compulsive drive into one of those for a bit until this whole thing blows over and your brain chemistry gets back to a more normal baseline.
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Old 01-18-2020, 02:08 PM   #3
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I am no shrink, but it seems somewhat reasonable to surmise that some of your compulsive/obsessive drive from the nicotine addiction is just spilling out into other areas of your life. It is not at all uncommon. Some people in the recovery world refer to this as "substitute addiciton." Food and sex are common ones.

I would just caution you not to **** anything that moves while you are in this adjustment phase, as that could potentially cause all kinds of longer term problems. Do you exercise? Do yoga? Any healthy hobbies? Maybe try putting that compulsive drive into one of those for a bit until this whole thing blows over and your brain chemistry gets back to a more normal baseline.
Thank you, bpcyclist. I take yoga classes and at work I put all my focus into the task at hand and on breaks I go for a brisk walk. And I should be eating healthier snacks than what I've been eating.
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Thank you, bpcyclist. I take yoga classes and at work I put all my focus into the task at hand and on breaks I go for a brisk walk. And I should be eating healthier snacks than what I've been eating.
Sounds pretty typical from my perspective, i quit 6 years ago ,dont worry they will make more breakfast burritos , you have but one life & one set of organs ( for awhile they will do anything to try to get you to smoke ?) Dont fall for it ,will power ! Get the sensation , its amazing a year from know ,youll be noticing things you never have , like someone passing you on the sidewalk who smokes , the smell comes out of there pores , even if they havent smoked recently they smell.

The hardest part is losing the triggers , boredom, after a meal, with coffee, " I don't know what time it is ,but its cigarette o'clock for me" , you need to reprogram those as fast as you can ,and obey your mother start crushing broccoli its good for your body ,for your iron levels and you cant smoke well chewing broccoli, takes care of the "oral fixation" .
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