Stages of Quitting
Anxiety, muscular tension, irritability,difficulty sleeping,
craving. You've probably already experienced this innumerable
during your smoking career (this is when you root through the
looking for butts). It generally begins a few hours after your
cigarette and lasts for a day or two.
You feel depressed, fatigued, jittery, are forgetful, short-tempered,
and emotionally volatile. You may also have trouble sleeping.
continually crave a cigarette. This may last for several days
Somewhere in the first 10 days after your last cigarette, you
feeling better. A lot better. Your mood improves and your energy
returns. Craving is still present but manageable. The danger
4: Second Slump
It's hard to pin down, but for most of our patients,this second
begins two to six weeks after the last cigarette. Craving may
along with episodes of nervousness, irritability, sleep disruption,
flu-like symptoms, and fatigue.
5: Second Honeymoon
Begins four to six weeks after the last dose. Improvement in
symptoms leads to the conclusion that danger of relapse has past
withdrawal is over.
6: Relapse Phase
Most ex-smokers experience at least one more noticeable "slump"
the first four months of abstinence. Craving returns, and with
risk of relapse. To get through it, you have to avoid exposing
yourself to risky situations.
Once the last of the initial slumps has ended, things stabilize.
largely the result of conditioned responses (e.g., to
smells, activities) which can be avoided. Abstinence is fairly
comfortable with the exception of periods of unusual stress,
craving, and occasional strong memories of pleasures associated
is the key here......keep going in your quit, and all these
stages will soon become history....