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  1. Day 56. I have started seeing a Psychiatrist because of all of my anxiety problems and it has helped greatly. I’m not saying everyone should do it but I am convinced that my therapy as well as not researching every symptom for hours each day has helped me get my mind clear again. For a long time I thought I was having a heart attack each day because the symptoms of a heart attack are the exact same as what we experience with drug withdrawal. Yes, I am still a little lightheaded and every now and again I get anxious but, in my opinion, a lot of what we go through is a consequence on focusing on our problems every hour throughout the day.

    This site is the reason why I was able to stay quit for the first month of the withdrawal period but once the physical withdrawals (cravings) went away then researching and visiting this site started to make me feel sorry for myself and feel all of the symptoms that have been reported. Use this site to give you the energy to set yourself free at first but be mindful that you don’t turn worrying about your symptoms into your new addiction.

    If I can do it… You can do it. Oh, and by the way, I feel better than I ever have before in my entire life. I’m as happy as I ever was when I had a dip in and the best part about it is that this feeling is free and not something I have to buy at a gas station.

    I hope this makes sense…

  2. Day 34 😀

    For me dealing with cravings was the easy part. Going through the withdrawal symptoms are the tough part. Been to the Dr. 3 times – twice for high bloodpressure and once for a bad sore throat and a lump that developed on my throat. Anxiety hit me really hard around day 17 and has been an ongoing struggle.

    Dr upped my bp meds and gave me a prescription acid reducer for the lump and said to come back in 3 – 4 weeks if it was not gone. He also prescribed hydroxyzine for the anxiety. I had 3 bad weeks obsessing over that lump and thinking it was cancer even as i constantly told myself i was overreacting.. Then I stumpled upon a quit smoking website where ppl were discussing the sore throat and lumps and it seemed to be a common symptom or quiting. I cant tell you how happy i was to read that!

    Meraculously, I stopped noticing my lump that same day. My mind is in a much better place since the lump is gone but im still dealing with the irritated throat. It doesnt hurt much anymore and doesnt look too bad, just red and inflammed. Sometimes it tightens up and i feel like im having an asthma attack or something even though i have never had asthma. I just sit down and try to relax and it goes away over time, just very annoying. Advil helps some, benadryl as well. If others are suffering from the same thing try those.

    Hopefully its all downhill from here and the throat will heal up soon! Thanks for this site, the expectations page has been a big help for me. Goodluck to all!

    • After my anxiety battle, I’ve learned to stay away from Google for anything medical. It will either say it’s not a big deal, or imminent death is upon you… and usually right next to each other. Research a zit and you’ll get a 3 to 1 ration of cancer pages. Google is a dark pit of despair for that sort of thing.

      • You bring up such an awesome point Chuck, Google can be your enemy for sure.

      • Your comment from oct 1 sounds like my experience to the letter Chuck, you described it well. Thanks for the tip about google, my wife says the same thing. Hopefully I won’t be having any new symptoms to be tempted to google, feels like ive already had every one in the book! 😂

    • Well Daniel, long story short, I feel your pain. Been quit over 200 days, had chest pains a month or so ago, spent a few days in the hospital. I think a combo of stress & yrs of relying on nicotine to cope finally got me. Taking it EZ now, trying not to let the little things get to me. You are on the right path bro, keep it up. Still nicotine free. :)

  3. Day 100 today! Feeling great, now I gotta lose the 15lbs I packed on quitting!!

  4. What is the best way to get started? Pick a date and start weeding off?

    • Pick a date… as long as it’s today :)

      Register for the forum –

      Quit. Repeat tomorrow.

      The steps aren’t “easy” by any stretch but they’re simple. And they will help you attain your freedom.

    • #1 Stop this second, #2 Have something for the cravings (fake dip, candy, seeds), #3 Stay away from triggers for dip for awhile (for me, it was beer), #4 Drink water, #5 Check in here & post in the Roll Call section, there are a ton of guys just like you here that have been through every stage of quitting that can help talk you off of the ledge. Good Luck Sir, you got this.

  5. I just started a fake dip review channel on youtube

  6. Im 23 and i plan on quitting soon,i know i cant say i quit befor beacause im still dipping,but when i was 15 or 16 i auctually did quit,for about a month and a half i had absolutley no cravings or even thought about it really,but i got kicked out and stayed at my buddys house,still didnt start back up,but i was walking back to his house from walmart angry about something,and incredibly bored out of my mind,then i remembered….i remembered how the days didnt seem so long when i dipped,i just wanted that day to be ovef,so i baught a can at the local shop that nevef ids anybody,i hate myself for that beacause i was done and over dip,just the boredom gets too you,well anyways..i found herbal snuff,smokey mountain wintergreen,tastes amazing to me,wayyyyyy better than there straight flavor,YUHK!!! i know i can kick this disgusting habit and i know ill be buying alot of gum,seeds,and herbal snuff soon lol,ill be back the day i choose to quit,maybe this week,well see how crappy work is,wish me luck

    • I hate to say it, but it doesn’t sound like you’re ready. You’re “planning” to “quit soon”. Why wait? Does work REALLY have anything to do with your desire to quit?

    • Ryan, today is as good a day to quit as any. Do it for you and your health. The best reasons in the world

  7. I am on day 4 of quitting. I am a 20+ year user. I am the single father of an 8 year old boy and work in a stressful environment. I have been chewing gum like its gonna run away. I need something else to help with the cravings.

  8. Well.. I fucked up. Alittle over a week ago i had a bad seizure and ended up in the Hospital. It isnt the seizures so much as recovering from them. Its hard to explain but its like im on narcotics. It took 12 days before i felt normal. I know for sure nicotine or stress doesnt trigger my seizures now. Anyway i dont want it to sound like im using as an excuse for my fuckup but i really wasnt thinking right, im having a hard time even remembering those days now. I just tossed out my last half a can. I just need to write down why i want to quit so i dont forget. It is going to suck for the next 3 days but i remember from this last time how much better i felt overall not using tobacco. I had alot more motivation, alot more energy, i felt alot healthier and believe it or not after the 1st 3 days were over i was having alot more patience with every day things. I just have to get past these first 3 days. i dont want to sound like a hypocrite especially after throwing away 11 days.

  9. 10 days without dip and i’m miserable. I get aggravated now at little things and my temper is paper thin.( I used to be pretty chill and laid back)
    I’m worried that its going to effect my relationship and my friends, family and Gf have already noticed a change in me.
    I have been using gum, coffee and exercise to help with my cravings.

    • Talk to them! They will understand I have been chew free for three years now and I still will have those day. Talking with my wife about it really helps! Just keep up the great work!

    • Be honest and open with everyone. I am fighting the same fight. Just make sure you are quitting for you. If you are quitting for someone else you will resent them for this pain you are going through. Let everyone know and keep breathing. Counting 10 deep breaths has been working for me. There are times I am doing it every minute, but it is keeping me calmer and I am not letting nic back into my body.

      • I’m going to try the counting thing. This is hard to do when my girlfriend loves to fight with me. I usually just ignore it or let her win because I suck at arguing, but I’m definitely going to do the counting thing. Thanks for the advice both of you.

    • I know it’s tough but I know you can do it. What helps me is using chew alternatives. Jakes mint chew,Smokey mountain herbal snuff are great brands that will help your cravings.

  10. Almost to day 50. Can anyone share their experiences with depression and feeling tired after quitting? I know it is a difficult topic to talk about…

    • It’s very normal. Check the older comments here or the quit forum for lots of stories. At 61 days I’m finally starting to feel normal for more than one day. Good job on your quit.

    • Never had depression or anxiety until I quit. It hit me from out of nowhere, and I didn’t know what was wrong with me. One obsessive thought lead to another. My only relief was sleep, and the 30 seconds after I woke up, only to be reminded of why I was bummed out. Resulted in stomach problems, which made me think my years of chewing had done me in with probable stomach cancer. Blood tests, doctors visits and the like until it was like a fog lifted over the course of a week. I could still feel a bit of the anxiety, lurking there, but I could identify it. I knew it wasn’t ‘me’, but a little monster that was waiting for the wrong thing to come on TV or wrong innocent comment in a conversation to send me off into another spiral of ‘what ifs’. I found myself saying, ‘Go f**k yourself’ outloud in the car when I felt it creeping up.
      You just have to chug through it, and realize the obsessive thoughts are just that… obsessive, and for the most part, completely ridiculous. Life is good! You quit this crap on your terms, not the terms outlined by an cancer doctor! It’s not going away without a fight. Right now you’re just prying it’s fingers off the ledge… one week at a time. It only has so many fingers.

      • Been the Chuck. How long did you go through it? I had everything you described today it’s like it’s just gone… Hopefully forever.

        • It lasted about three-six months. It was compounded by some life events (potential IRS problem, work, etc.) that set it off and allowed it to hit me harder than it would have otherwise. The strange this is, it happened several months after I quit… which is why I never assumed it was the tobacco. What a freakin’ nightmare.
          The silver lining is, we ended up having some legitimate medical problems with our oldest daughter, and I’m convinced had I not gone through the depression and anxiety as bad as I did, I wouldn’t have been able to be as strong as I was for my wife and family when a serious crisis happened. I could recognize the anxiety immediately, identify it, kick it to the curb and move on with needed to be done. Still wouldn’t wish it on anyone. Learned a lot about myself in 2013.

    • I blame the tiredness on myself at this point. Finally started exercising. That will hopefully take care of that.

    • Good Luck ! Hang in there !

  11. Day 50. Hit some road bumps the past few days with anxiety and physical cravings that I thought were gone. Thanks to ktc, I knew what to expect. atill going strong. Not one more dip …

  12. So far so good I’m glad I have found this site I can explain things and get advice from people who have gone through what I have me am going through when it comes to chewing tobacco. You guys know the stress and ba that comes with quitting the addiction and I am glad to know that there is a place I can go and share my feelings and thoughts with what I am going through to keep me on the path of adding consecutive days to not chewing and moving on with my life nicotine free it’s a constant struggle but it’s something I want to do and I enjoy the feeling of not letting my addiction control my life

  13. Thanks. Guess I just needed some encouragement on that front and your right I made the wrong decision in lying about it but will have to continue to include her in my daily feelings when it comes to thoughts of wanting to chew during certain times of the day. The urge to chew is diminishing daily but their are lapses when I wish I had one but I know I have to stay strong and refrain from even purchasing a can. I am doing this for myself me the health benefits. thanks for the advice

    • Quitting chew is the right thing. Regarding honesty and trust, the only thing that heals that is time and being honest and trustworthy. As far as feelings go, it’s important she understands what you are going through–there is a reason that quitting is nicknamed “the suck.” Life pretty much sucks getting through the initial quit stages. It’s important that people close to you know about it. BUT, you are going to experience serious shit and she may not be equipped to handle that. It can create struggles that don’t have to exist. You’ll want to use this site to work through that shit rather than dump it on her.

  14. Just put down my last can 4 hours ago. Went through every drawer, seat cushion, dashboard and everywhere else and threw em all away. Sealed up the trash bag and gave it to my neighbor to put away. Now it’s time to buckle down.

    Chewed 1/2 to 3/4 of a can a day for 18 years. (Probably more when deployed). I have to quit this time. It’s gonna suck but I’ll jeep coming back here to check in.

    • join the forum. Ton of support there. Do it now. That’s an order. 😉

    • Our lives’ change when our habits change. Richard, you are at the right place. Read everything you can on this site and you are giving yourself the best chance to succeed. I’m finishing up day 80 as we speak. 81 days ago this seemed impossible. Now, it’s very real and the best blessing in my life. IT IS NOT AND WILL NOT BE EASY. That’s where KTC comes in to play.

      I quit with you today, Richard.

      Brian, username: Geis2597

  15. I stopped chewing for real this time on 9/3/2015 after telling my girlfriend that I quit twice before over the last three years. Yes I got caught after I lied to her this time I’ve gone 28 days and counting yet she doesn’t believe me and I don’t blame her. How can I get her to believe that I actually quit and haven’t had a chew since 9/3/2015 after 27 years of chewing. WA h day has gotten easier and I no longer feel the urge or desire to chew. Guess I got lucky since I switched from. Hewing long cut to pouches 3 years ago. I honestly think it made it easier at least for me.
    Any advice that I can use to convince her would help. Thanks.

    • Hey Joe – that’s a tough one. Unfortunately just like with quitting there isn’t going to be a magic pill when it comes to getting her to believe you. You’ve lied to her in the past. Why WOULD she believe you? It’s going to take time for her to understand that you’re serious this time and that you’re in for the long haul. Take it one day at a time. You’re less than a month in. While you feel great now you’re still in for some rough roads.

      Involve her. Tell her how you’re feeling but make sure you’re quitting for YOU. She’s going to see that you’re serious and over time that trust will come. This is the bed you made. You’ve got to lay in it and own your quit. She’ll come around with time.

    • Joe Jarism,
      Best advise I could give you is to stay quit. That will convince her. Your over the first hump but have more to battle. Use KTC, theres alot of info on this site. Use it to stay the course. I’m at 170 and just 2 days ago I woke up thinking I blew my quit. All from a chew/dip dream… It’s a long process. Take in one day at a time.

  16. 363 and counting. I am not a new member. I have been here before. The reason I write this today is to explain why I left. Recently I was diagnosed with Bipolar I disorder. This explains a lot to me now. If you go back and look at my posts you will see a pattern…. The ups and downs. The rage and depression. It’s all there for everyone to see, but I couldn’t. I left KTC because I was too weak to admit I was struggling with keeping myself together. I now know with medication and therapy that life is better. I still have the desire to use nicotine, and I know how not to now. I learned everything from this site and the people here. I owe an apology to everyone here for not reaching out earlier, but it is what it is. I owe everything to my HOF class; I wish you all the best. I would have posted this on my HOF month, but I can’t for the life of me remember my log in. I just wanted to give an explanation. Those of you that know me and have my digits, feel free to contact me if you have more questions. My life is now an open book and a healthier book at that.

    Keep on quitting,

  17. Concentrate on today only make it through until tomorrow you will be fine

  18. 187, it is a daily battle. What else do you expect? We abused are bodies for years and expect it all to go away after 3 days of abstaining. It is like an overweight person going to the gym and expecting to get fit in a month after eating like shit, boozing & not exercising for years. Put things in persepective and stop being the victim, we did this to ourselves, embrace the pain & win the day

  19. You are going through the HELL stage as all of us here went through, some of us more than once. Don’t give up it gets easier. Keep your mind occupied, drink lots of water and if you can work out like a mad man do so. It helped me. Tough it out.
    Read this, it’ll give you an idea of what’s ahead.

    • Hi my fiance is going through hell right now hes trying to stop since Saturday and says his vision is blurry. Can I get some advise what to do

      • The good news is it gets better. Its tough to do for sure. It would be really good for him to get on here and read about what we all go through to beat the demon. Nicotine is a bad bitch. The support on this site can make quitting much more bearable because you aren’t alone.

  20. 9/22/15 quit date and all I want to do is chew. going at it cold turkey. chewed half can a day for 18 years. probably my 6th attempt at quiting. so far, it has obviously sucked, but I’m worried because all I think about is chew. anyone have some insight on this? I understand it may take some time, but if I get to 100 days and my mind is still consumed by chew, I may go crazy.

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