What To Expect When You Quit Dipping

What To Expect When You Quit DippingSo you want to quit. And you would like to know what it’s like. We’re not going to pull any punches around here, it’s tough. That’s why we’re all here.

Days 1 through 3 – Pure hell. You will walk in the fog. Nothing will seem real. Your brain is wondering where the hell its fix is and it is going to punish you until you come up with it. 72 hours, that’s all you need to get the nicotine out of your system. This is where you start to deal with the physical withdrawal associated with quitting dip. Drink lots of water. Read, post, read and post. Don’t take your anger out on your loved ones. We always tell everyone………Make this quit about YOU. If you quit for your wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, kids, mommy or daddy, you will resent them during this period. Quit for yourself and come in here to rant. Yell at us. Bitch at us. We can take it. We’ve been there.

Days 4 through 20 – Here comes the mind games. The nicotine is out of your system now. You will still have some physical things to deal with.

  • Cravings
  • Irritability,
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Inability to Concentrate
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Constipation, gas, stomach pain
  • Dry mouth
  • Sore tongue and/or gums

Yep, you have this to look forward to. Your brain is rewiring itself. It isn’t used to being in an oxygen rich environment. Your body is responding in kind. Everything is a mind game now. All the cravings you have are actually due to triggers. Triggers are events where you are in a situtation you would normally dip in. Mowing the grass, playing poker online, playing golf, working on the car………you get the picture. Keep drinking water, use seeds, the fake stuff, whatever you need to keep the dip out of your mouth. Remember, oral fixation is part of our habit, something you will eventually need to break. For now though, use all the tools you have.

Days 20 – 50 – You’re winning. Life isn’t great, but you probably had a couple of nights where you actually got some sleep. You might notice you’re going to bed earlier than you normally do. Not staying up to get in that last dip. You may notice some sores in your mouth. You’re thinking, “great, I quit dipping and now I have cancer.” You almost certainly don’t. Your mouth is healing itself. Tiny ulcers you’ve had for a long time are healing. We recommend you visit your dentist around the 30 day mark. Don’t be a pansy, just do it. He or she will be very supportive and they can explain the sores much better than we can. Don’t let your guard down. Don’t go out drinking with the fellas or the girls. We also recommend that you don’t drink for at least the first 50 days. Drinking is a huge trigger event and it weakens your resolve.

Days 50 – 70 – Cruise control. Life is really good. You still think about it, but this is good stuff here. Some people may suffer anxiety attacks during or a little before this stage. Some doctors say we dipped to relieve anxiety anyway. Some people can push right through this, others need a little help. Talk to your doctor before you quit or immediately after you quit. They will know what to do. Some give Wellbutrin or Lexapro. Lots of people in the support community take or have taken these medicines and can help you with the affects. Don’t wait till you get to this stage of the game to talk to a doctor. You’ll cruise through this stage much easier if you know how to take care of the anxiety or at least know it’s coming.

Days 70 – 90 – Late term craves, the doldrums, the blahs, the blues. Some people end up feeling like they are right back at day 1. The fog, the haze, the craves. It can be a tough time. You need to let people in your group know this is happening. Time to circle the wagons to get through it. It usually only lasts a few days. Fight through this and make sure your order your HOF Knife or Coin. Here are a couple of articles about this time period which we refer to as “The Funk”

Days 90 – HOF – Houston, resume the countdown. Enjoy the hell out of these last 10 days. You will be celebrating with your group as you all enter the HOF. It is a great feeling and an accomplishment you should not take lightly. Do something special for yourself and your family. They put up with your sorry ass for the last 90 days and they deserve something too.

100+ Days – Stay vigilant. Use the tools you have, to continue beating back any cravings or urges. You will still experience dip dreams and longings, but you are fully qualified to beat them down. Continue to post roll with your group. Get into the newer groups and help somebody out. Pass it along. Live the dream.

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  1. Today I hit the 30 day Mark, I feel much better. Thanks to this site and you guys and of course the Good Lord, I did not cave in my Darkest hour. I hope all of you are doing well.

  2. Thanks guys, today has been horrible, everything hits me at once and I am being tempted to get a can, I would dip when I was depressed to get me going.

    • I definitely would pop one in too when inwas stressed about something….was a trigger for sure. Just have to stick to your guns. Retrain yourself the use exercise or meditation (both things I’ve added to the tool box) to get thru.
      Keep rolling DDD!

    • DDD,

      Sorry if it’s a cliche. Popping one would not help improve your situation anyway and it definitely will not make you feel any better. In the end, it will make you feel even worse. Sorry fr sounding philosophical but been there seen there :(..
      Let us take life as it comes and not with the magical mirage of nic demon.


  3. My Grandma passed away this last week and my Girlfriend left me, Damn it, Life sucks. I almost caved in.
    Day 27

    • DDD

      Sorry to hear the bad news… But, stand tall in your quit. All I can say DDD. It’s hard enough to quit without any drama! Hang tough


    • Sorry about the loss DDD. Those certainly are triggers for the poison….STRESS!
      I had a lot of shit going on at the beginning of my quit, family.stuff I’d rather not bore the board with, stuff that continues today. I agree with Jeff, you just have to stand by your quit during this whirl wind. I’m sure Grandma I’m sure would be proud you made it thru this without that junk. Stay strong!!

  4. Hey shiva I remember you. Jayp and Jeff already welcomed me back. I hope Rick is still around. He was just starting when I dropped off.
    Day 26

  5. I’m over 200 days in & I still think about it, ALOT. But to go back now would disappoint me to no end. I quit one time for a yr or so 15 yrs ago, so no matter the time, you can get sucked back in if you get weak. I felt bullet proof then, being 44 yrs old, I don’t anymore. I have a dentist that never gave me a hard time about dipping, he just told me to not keep it in the same place all of the time. I tried not to, but we all know you get that comfortable spot & it’s hard to change that. He never gave me a hard time until I went & saw him when I had a spot on my gums back in February. He said he didn’t think it was anything. He asked me how long I had been dipping, I told him I had my 1st dip when I was 10 yrs old. He simply said, “Don’t you think it’s about time you quit?”. He then said the words that echoed thru my ears, “Oral cancer normally won’t kill you, but it will certainly ruin your life.”. That’s all it took, have not had a nicotine laced dip since.

  6. Went to dentist today. Deep cleaning they call it. Four shots they give you in your gums to numb you, that’s how deep they go. Thanks to years of tobacco use they had to dig deep.
    Flossing, mouthwash and brushing 3 times a day it’s not enough if you dip. Doc said there’s no oxygen flowing to your teeth. They are dying, so deep they had to go.
    I know some people are tough and say it ain’t no big deal, it don’t hurt, that may very well be, but I can think of a thousand things I’d rather be doing than a deep cleaning.

    23 days quit

    23 x 5.5 = 126 greenbacks saved which is what I used to pay tor that deep cleaning torture.

    By the way Jeff and jayp glad I could help you guys during those first days.

    • Hey DDD, good to see you posting out here. I was told myself by my dentist that she was extracting dip kernals every time I went in too. But not these past few times! Makes you feel good getting a hold on your health! That’s only one of several benefits of quitting, the $ you outline is yet another!
      You certainly did help me (Jeff too) get to that 100 day mark. If you remember, things do get a little easier around then. But you still have to beat down those cravings.
      Speaking of cravings, I am 1 year and 80 days into my quit, but for some unusual reason, the past week, I have been “thinking” about tobacco again. Not to a point that I am going to pop in a dip, but I suppose romanticizing about it, if there is such a thing? Just curious if any other quitters, veterans at their quit longer than me, have ran into this??
      As stated, way, WAY too much work invested at this point to turn back now, but strange those feelings come back even this long in the quit.
      Got a little off subject there DDD, but you keep punching away. I know, deep down in you, there is a quitter. I can tell you “got it”. Just keep at it! I’m in and out of here all the time, reach out if you need to.

      • Jayp, DDD

        I had the same feeling yesterday about a big fat dip; I am an addict, so I know at times I still need to fight the nic bitch: I am on day 418, and it shows that I still need to fight the bitch: we are so lucky to have this site to help all of us, the newbies to the veterans. Speaking of which, where the hell is shiva?

        Did the dentist myself back on day 90 or so, DDD as usual, ahead of the game: keep kicking ass my man


        • Jeff/Jayp,

          I’m still out there and going good:).. And anytime I see you guys post I smile knowing my fellow brothers are going strong. It’s completely normal to get this once in a while “funny” feeling. After all our brain doesn’t rationalize memories and the repressed ones deep in our memory comes out without any reason. It will go away soon.


          Not sure if you would remember me. Please read Allen Carr’s easy way to quit smoking and it will immensely help in fighting the mind games.

          The physical withdrawal in the first 3 weeks though it was brutal was more tolerable for me than the mind games. But the trick with mind games is that once you start realizing inside you it is nothing but a mirage you will better deal with that but that comes with a bit of practice. This is where Allen Carr’s book was very helpful. It speaks about smoking but the addiction in both are same nicotine.


          I’m glad you are fighting back bro. I have personally failed countless times before now.


          Keep us posted on how things are going at your end. Hope to see you better soon.


          485 days

          • Thanks to you too for posting your thoughts Shiva,

            Good to see you here as well. And as you predicted, the feelings do/did pass. It was strange just to have them again. Although they are very faint, like a whistle across a canyon. \
            No way I will go back now, I am well on my way to year 2 and beyond. If I really, REALLY want a dip, I would take a fake one just to get me by…which I have. I take one of those maybe once a week to 10 days…if that. But it just doesn’t even feel the way it used to…meaning I do not enjoy it like I once did. Just feels strange to have something in there. Still love the sunflower seeds, but that has went from a bag a day down to one every 3-4 days. I do feel the oral fixation beginning to diminish. I suppose if its completely gone a year from now, I will be a happy man. I am sure the thoughts will remain…we’re addicts, its expected. You take care Shiva and pop thru when you can!

        • Hi Jeff,
          Well, I am glad to hear that even you are still thinking about that shit. Yes, I am an addict too, I get that. Just was strange I was having those “romantic” thoughts about that nasty-ass shit again!! LOL! “a big fat dip”…Yup, I feel you man, I feel you. I know I am well qualified now just to roll with the feelings, they pass. \
          Good to see you out here now and then Jeff, keep punching away!
          ! year 80 days today, I was off 2 days on my previous post!

    • You hanging in there DDD? Hope so!!

  7. I’ve never been a “big” chewer, but get the urge at certain times or in certain situations — stress, fun, etc. That’s been my difficulty. I cut it for 10 months and then — “what the heck! little dip!” And the cycle is back to Day 1.

  8. After 25 years, what was the breaking point for you???

    • I chewed Skoal for 30 yrs and when I went to the dentist f9r a teeth cleaning he said my gums were healthy. All the more reason to quit chewing. Cold Turkey is the only way to quit nicotine. Grow a pair and get it done!!!!

    • My end was….I honestly just got sick of it. Tired of being a slave to the can, tired of paying $5+ a can, tired of spending every waking hour popping a dip in, hell, even falling asleep with that shit in my mouth. Tired of all that lukeoplkia shit in my cheek….knocking over spitters in my house, all the loose shit in the carpet of my car. I set a date, July 14th, 2014….that evening, I took my last dip. I did buy another can the next day, but the look I received from the man selling it behind the counter (he knew I was going to quit on the 15th) pissed me off so bad, I didn’t open it. It was a “you will never quit, I got you” look. I happen to stumble across this site about 2 weeks before my quit date. I was googling “quitting dippind” and the link to here popped up. I owe a large part of my quit and remain quit, to this site. It was like opening a new chapter in my life. I have met a ton of quitters here and have found a wealth of knowledge within it. My advice, spend some time here, reach out to people, help others, it all empowers you and will propel your quit!
      Good luck!!
      1 year, 78 days quit

      • Jayp

        I remember the day I quit… I didn’t plan it at all… I woke up that august day and said. Fuck it, it’s time for me to end this habit. My wife had no idea that quit( awesome wife )

        I found this site after 7 days of fighting myself… This site get the credit!


    • When you’re 20 yrs old, seeing how much of that crap you can fit in your face, you don’t give a dam. I’m 44 yrs old, have 2 kids, one severely handicapped, & a wife that needs me around. These facts & a scare of a spot on my gums caused me to. Kill The Can, haven’t looked back or regretted it since.

  9. I need a harder approach to cutting this out! Gradual is not the answer for me….:

    • http://forum.killthecan.org/ – nearly 25,000 bad ass quitters that “get it”. Nothing gradual there… we quit one day at a time and take it VERY seriously. When you’re ready, we can help.

      • Have you ever got upset to the point of tears over the thought of quitting

        • Hmmmm, I think the last time.I cried was being pulled from the womb…lol! J/K.
          No, I never had that, but there certainly is an emotional attachment to it, for sure! I think that’s why people experience anxiety during the early part of the quit. So I can see someone going through that…almost a state of depression. But I know that the symptoms you experience are so worth the freedom.
          1 year, 81 days quit.

    • Mike E…there is no natural or gradual approach to quitting. You just need to sack up and take the plunge. Gradual would have never worked for me either. People say “I will cut back” or “slow down” none of that works…it only prolongs the habit.
      Not trying to talk like some quitter from the hidden temple of badasses…but more of my opinion. You just got to take the plunge! This coming from a 25 year abuser who is currently 1 year and 77 days removed. As Chewie outlined, one day a time and yes, I take my quit very serious! Get started today!

    • Mike E, get fake dip, seeds, candy, I used everything to stay quit, post here, we all have been through it. It F ing sucks, BADLY. But you know what? I promise you, it does get better, get that crap out of your system 1st. Get it done bro, you can do it.

  10. Day 50 here. Was a tough road but I am glad I did. Mouth feels great. I have a teeth cleaning coming up. I was going through 3 cans of chew a day. It controlled my life. If I can do this, anyone can do it. I am still a little short with people but my loved ones are hanging in there for me. Sunflower seeds and gum worked for me.

  11. Day 10 and am going through almost every single one of those symptoms. Damn me for even starting chew.

  12. Thanks Anthony…on day 20 now and still jones for it every day at least once…thankful for the fake stuff

    • I’m 4 days from 120 after dipping for 40 years. My son quit and asked me what was my excuse. My mouth doesn’t bleed when I brush my teeth and some of the yellow is going away. Barrett’s esophagus is going away also. It’s way worth it to not be owned by a $5 can of ground weeds.

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