Beating the Odds: 7 Things to Do if You Relapse

by Dr Antonio Howell, MD

in quit smoking

Dr. Howell

Just because you slip doesn’t mean you have failed in quitting smoking for good. Many people try to quit for several times before completely letting go of their smoking habits. Cigarettes are addictive drugs. They make your body dependent to nicotine so the moment you stop, you are likely to crave for it and experience some undesirable symptoms.

In the past, we have talked how to avoid a relapse. Now, what if you already had? Don’t, worry. It is not the end of your quest. Here are 7 things you can do:

Bust the feeling that you can never make it.

Never consider yourself a failure if you slip up. As mentioned, relapse is normal. What is more important is that you are sincere with your intentions to quit!


Stay positive.

Your way of thinking has a significant impact on your ability to quit smoking today and for the rest of your life. If you keep thinking you will fail, then you will! Just be positive. Tell yourself you can actually live a life that’s free from cigarettes.


Don’t let your slip turn into a mudslide.

Okay, so you relapsed. If you are serious about quitting, you are going to throw away now all the remaining cigarettes you have, including the lighter, ash tray and all other stuff you use when smoking. It is important that you get yourself back on track as soon as possible!


Know your enemy.

Determine what has led you to the relapse. Is it because you saw your peers smoking? Is it that stressful encounter with your ex? Think of how you can resolve similar issues the next time they come up. This way, you can certainly avoid experiencing a relapse.

Learn from your experience.

Take time to analyse everything. What went wrong? Do you think it’s time that you use a different quit smoking method? If you are quitting on your own, do you think it’s the time that you consider seeking professional help? A relapse doesn’t have to be a pain in your bottom. It must be viewed as a stepping stone to help you achieve your quit smoking goals.

Use medication.

There are prescription medications that could block nicotine receptors in your brain, eliminating cigarette cravings and alleviating the undesirable symptoms of withdrawal. Ask your doctor today on what medications are most appropriate for you. Experts recommend taking those that do not contain nicotine.

Get support.

Maybe you’re lacking support to finally quit smoking for good. Social support does have a critical role in your goal to eliminate cigarettes in your life. Tell your family, friends and loved ones that you are in the process of quitting. This way, they can help you avoid your smoking triggers. There are also smoking cessation support groups offering assistance to smokers. They can provide you with tools, advice, recommendations, and all other kinds of support you need to increase your chance of quitting. Before you know it, you are MORE than READY to QUIT.


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