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 the only time you will go through physical withdrawal. 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 Commemorative HOF Knife or Coin.

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. No thanks rick i apprciate it those cans were calling to me but i was doing the same thing i was saying when the semesters over when i sign for football when i do this or this is the reason i do this because these thing stressed me and i turned to dip but i cant do that forever!

  2. Whats up guys another night of not much sleep im pretty tired and i feel like im getting sick like a sore throat or something i dont know if that is from quitting because i don have any other cold symptoms but yeah today is day 5 longest periode of time i havent diped since i starte last year around this time but yeah ill probably check back in later has a blessed day guys!

    Ben

    Day 5

    • Ben
      I had sore throat, then to some of my friends delight, even lost my voice for a few days. Sleep? I know my experience was, I didn’t get a good night sleep until around day 30. Others might have gotten sleep earlier. On weekends I would take a nap, napcar ( NASCAR) was the best nap ever.

      Keep the battle going

      Jeff
      Day 123

  3. Day 4 almost over for me… Still wanting a dip after doing just about damn near anything, but then I remember how kick ass it feels to wake up in the morning and be nicotine free. My perspective on everything is quite different without the nicotine. I feel more energized, like being a kid again. I’m getting more excited about the little things that make me happy in life. Those moments are my reward, not the dip. I can honestly say that the dip holds me back from a clear though process. I can’t say that is true for everyone, but it definitely is for me. BTW Rick, I’m a seasoned veteran with the green… not to worry partner!

    • Glad to hear it brother. 4 days that means the nicotine is completely out of your system. Sounds like your feeling a little better which is cool. Its gonna start to get mental now. Remember dude nicotine is a poison that also overrides your dopamine levels. We’ve trained our brains to expect regular dopamine boosts at specific times places certain people. So it will take time to readjust everything. Keep it up man your doing awesome
      Rick day 24

      • Nice work skippy, keep it up. The first few days are straight awful and the worst for me. Week 1 was hell especially day 7, week 2 seemed easy and week 3 was some heavy anxiety. Everyone is different rhough I hope yours is smooth sailing
        Steve

  4. Just checking in again Fellas! I have been battling the flu, I “think” (HOPE!) its on its way out.
    Looks like we have a new quitter here, congrats on 4 days (now 5) Skippy. Great choice starting your quit…you are almost a week free of Dip!!
    Ben, congrats on almost a week free yourself! BTW, it IS normal to have your sleep patterns disturbed when quitting. You are re-wiring your brain to be nicotine free and it’s looking all over for any left over Nicotine in there. I was a fucking ZOMBIE for 30-40 days. I had anxiety, dizzy zaps, sleepless nights, overall, my thinking was distorted! It certainly was a real tough time and when I look back at the WAR I went through to get where I am today, it is what keeps me quit. and it’s my hopes that this is what will keep all of you guys quit, 100 days and beyond. No way I am going back now!!
    Feel free to come here often and ask questions, reach out to the people here. Rick and Steve both have been offering up wonderful support for all new comers, proud of them both! This will help them get to their 100 days as well, as it did me, Jeff and others!
    Keep quit Men and have a great and Nicotine free weekend!!
    -JP
    Day# 150

  5. Hey guys whats up ita Ben today is one week for me chew frew first time is awhile i feel good atill not sleeping great but there ia progress really been kinda tough seeing frienda dip in front of me and not asking for a pinch but i didnt so heres to one week!

    Ben

    Day 7

    • Congrats on one week of nicotine freedom Ben! Each day moves you further away from the poison. I know what you mean about being around dippers. Its tough, especially in the early phases if the quit. I mentioned I quit in my early 20’s but went on a fishing trip with my buddies. They were all standing in the river packing their cans….I ended up taking one….worst mistake I made. I came home and started all over. I learned something wayyy back then, no dipping after you quit! Quit is Quit!
      And one last thing, secretly, your buddies DO envy your quit. You be got the balls to change and they don’t….rememeber that as you continue!
      Congrats again and KEEP QUIT!
      -JP
      Day #152

    • Great job Ben! Know that as long as you don’t put nicotine in your body you’ll never have to feel like you did last week again! One little taste of nicotine will “wake up” dormant nicotine receptors that have been shut down. Within a couple days you’ll be back to normal use. There is no “just one”. If you wanna stay quit you must abstain completely. We are all in your corner keep it up!
      Rick
      Day 26

  6. How’s everybody doing! Hope your all kicking Nicotines ass. It kicked my ass for 6.5 years now I’ve been kicking its ass for 28 days. Steve Ben Skippy any updates. Jeff and jayp I know you guys are solid thanks for the inspiration. I still read my first post in here back on October 12-13 Im a much better clear minded person now. You guys gave me the original inspiration and for that thank you. Wish deepydeedont would come back and let’s know what’s up. If you read this DDD come back tell us your quit or that you wanna try again. I liked your rambling posts!
    Rick day 28

  7. Rick

    All is good on my end, your motivation is awesome, keep up the fight, kickin ass and taking names!

    I agree with you on DDD.. But, I think Jayp also made a good point, he might have caved, and just doesn’t want to shoot the shit anymore. I am happy he helped me thru my hard days of my quit, I wish him well.

    Happy holidays all my quit friends!!!

    Jeff
    Day 128

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