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. So I hit the big times in skiing, and I am 17, I want to quit chew and I have literally not dipped since I woke up, and I feel like I cant live my same life, like I need to avoid playing xbox, something is small as taking a shower to quit, the biggest one, well I am on the hill skiing, Tomorrow I don’t know how I am going to get on that gondola without putting in a dip, the craving is just to big, HELP.

  2. Starting today, back to work today. Used to throw in a good 1/4 tin and work under mask until 10am coffee, the nights already been heel. But I was dipping 1.25-1.5 tins a day at 25-28$ a tin I thought it was time to quit. Just gotta keep myself busy at work over the weekend and nights, always slow and just looking for something to do.

  3. Laying in bed on day 3. I’ve dipped from the age of 15. Copenhagen. I am a professional, architect. Played football in college and never gave it up. Been 35 years. Not sure I will ever really quit , but I intend to make this a very extended break. Day 2 very bad. Today. OK. Decided since I was turning 50 this year I would do it nicotine free. I hope we all pull through. Good luck and may God give us all courage

    • Hi Yann – sadly, if this is going to be an “extended break” then I’m sorry to say you’re setting yourself up for failure. Unfortuantely, we are addicts. We’re not those “lucky few” who can have a dip “every now and then”. Because as we’ve seen time and time again, one dip WILL lead an addict back to a full blown addiction. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. When you’re ready… truly ready… you’re in the right place. Check out our forums http://forum.killthecan.org/ where there are nearly 18,000 members who “get it”. It’s the best place on the web to get support, questions, answered, etc. to get and stay quit… for life.

      • Chewie. All good bro. Coming up on day 30. Been through the days when you think I got this. One dip won’t hurt. But stayed strong. I’m committed. Not gonna do it. Don’t even think about it that much. Will continue to check in. I hope all that read this get some support. We all need it

    • Yann,
      After reading your post, I can’t believe how close our stories are. Im 52 and had a major dose of peer pressure back as a freshman, Playing football in Georgia…

      I also, spend my professional day in front of a computer as a package designer. And for over 30 years, I always reach for the can prior to the mouse…

      Im not a “hog” dipper, so I don’t use a lot, But will keep the tobacco in for hours…

      But sad to say this isn’t the first time I have tried to quit… No need to say this is the hardest thing I have ever tried to do….

      But like you, @ over 50, enough is enough and i think I can finally do it…

      Day two, But first day at work and it is pure HELL… But good luck buddy, Im sure the both of us can do this!

      • Pat. Still hanging in there. Closing in on day 50. Hope you are also. I have become a bit of a coffee addict but slowly curtailing that as well. We are going to make it this time

    • you got this YANN,, im on day 34, its really getting better.. I dipped for 18 years.

    • Just found this site, but similar story. I turn 50 this year, been chewing 34 years, 1 can of skoal per day. Today is day 21 of no chew…..I’m going to make it. I used a sleep aid the first couple nights and baccoff(fake chew) for about a week. Unfortunately, I am tired all the time now. Just checking to see if that’s a side effect, and hopefully it will wear off.

      • Hey Casey – sleep issues are VERY typical when quitting. The good news is you WILL return to normal. The bad news is it may take some time. For some people it takes months for sleep to get back to normal. That said, you’re rocking this quit with 21 days… keep going!

    • holly edward oliver

      your story sounds like mine i started at 14 now 48 . I’m visiting this site in search of help and support How is it going for you?

  4. Decided to quit about 5 minutes ago. I have quit before but relapsed. I would like to get married someday and have teeth to kiss my wife with! Glad to see so many people on here, LETS DO THIS!!!

  5. THe day 47 after quiting in evening i m facing heart pain , anxiety and lot of weakness , i m use of can from last 7 years and hard user and now i m facing so much problem like heartpain and anxiety what i can do plz help me.

  6. After quiting i m not able to wake up early in the morning and wvwn go to sleep early , is it only effect of quiting and after 100 days of quiting i will be able to wake up early plz suggest me.

  7. On day 52 i m not able to wake up in morning after quiting , is it the cause of quiting or its the part of healing and another problem i m not not able to take up any decission which is like confusion.

    • Sleep issues and concentration issues are very common when quitting. I can’t tell you exactly when things will return to normal as it’s different for everyone, but I can say definitively that things WILL return to normal.

  8. I’ve been dipping since i was 18 or so. I always told myself that when i turned 25, i’d stop. Never did i think i’d actually still dip until then, but it sounded nice. Saturday i turned 25. I’ve been chewing this past year non-stop. Ever since i found out about Camel Snus, it has dominated my life. Wherever i was, i’d have a pouch in. As i took my last dip Saturday morning around 11:00am, i told myself this was it. Fast forward nearly 48 hours later and the withdrawals have started to kick in. It all started last night around 8:30pm. Felt strange, in a dream. Started to get a bit dizzy. Attempted to go to bed but the insomnia kicked in. Took some NyQuil, but that seemed to make things even worse. This morning i woke up feeling great. Went to the gym like normal before hopping on the ferry to work. I noticed my throat had a tightening feeling in it (probably from the lack of snus). I think the worst thing so far has been the panic attacks i’m getting. I’m generally a nervous person, but man these attacks are killing me. Well i’m starting to ramble now…keeping my head up though regardless.

    • You can so it man. I dipped a can and a half a day until I was 24. Quit for two years, got back into it and then to snus all just abt 24 7. I’m at a week quit from snus and my life is on the up tick. Your brain will give you any excuse to use- just don’t use. If that’s the only thing you accomplish in a day, it was a successful day. Hang jn there bud

  9. Stay strong, fellas! I’m creeping up on 120 days and it feels great. Hell, I hardly ever crave it let alone do I even want to do it.

  10. I have been dip free for 7 days now and it’s still hard. Hang in there and you will make it. I dipped Grizzly for over 10 years and tried quitting about 100 times. What has really helped me is Wellbutrin. Takes the edge off slightly. You will have intense cravings but keep positive and you will make it!!!

  11. My name is Jimmy. I have dipped Copenhagen for the past 16 years. I have recently quit dipping. It has been 72 hours. During this time, I have experienced vomiting, nausea, up set stomach, heart burn, diarrhea, being pissed off, and extremely emotional. However, to God be the glory I will win……………….

  12. Thank you so much. Day four is mine for the taking no dipping from this boy. To God be the glory.

  13. Well, i made it to day 5. Day 3 was easily the hardest day so far with the cravings and panic attacks. Day 5 no panic attacks which i’ll take as a small victory. Of course though, woke up this morning with a headache and am feeling the onsets of a sore throat…hooray….

  14. I have been quit for 30 days now having a lot of anxiety attacks not sleeping well have dipped for twenty eight years since I was 15 I love all the posts has helped me a lot

  15. Day 2 here..I can feel myself healing, but damn the craving is intense!

  16. Quit June 10th 2012 and never looked back just put the junk down after 17 years hardest thing I ever did but now I can look back and say it was worth it. By the way it does get easier you learn to deal with the cravings.

  17. Day 56 lot of congestion in my cheast and pain in my heart and not able to do any work lot of confusion when i m taking any decission , when it will be correct plz tell me.

  18. Today the day 54 still facing anxiety attack , Heart pain, shortness of breath and not able to take any decission what i will do plz help me friends

  19. i’ve dipped for 20yrs, 2 cans a day. I told people that i dip to keep from killing someone. well i’m quitting! i have found that the nicotine gum helps with the craving(4mg) but the dry mouth is crazy. i chew other gum and candy but it don’t help. biotine really don’t do it either.

  20. In the middle of day 5. Dipper for 12 years, decided that 30 years old would be when I stopped. Cold turkey approach; not substituting with anything else (although I noticed a tremendous craving for candy that luckily I have been able to steal from around the office). I definitely still feel like I have a ‘haze’ going on here; I’m not sure my physical dependency is gone yet. Skoal Straight Pouches, 2 tins per day habit.

  21. Day 1 12 hours in. This sucks. My wife is trying to help but it almost makes it worse. Ready for tomorrow.

  22. I’m Chris. I have dipped for about 3-4 years. I’m 19. Im on 7-8days dip free. I’m head hurts like hell. And I keep worrying I have oral cancer. Even tho I don’t see anything out of the ordinary. And my teeth hurt.

  23. I never had the chest pains, the anxiety does go away, and I had to take a little longer to do something to make sure it was done right but believe me it’s worth it. More energy and more money!!

  24. Today the day is 59 and i m facing hear pain from last 3 days today i have go for ECG but their is problem shown in my ECG that my heart is not getting proper oxygen therefor i m facing problem like anxiety, back pain and i m just 28 year old after that doctor told me for an another test which is TROPTIN T test for heart and this test go negative .

  25. Hey All- about 4 weeks into my quit however I feel as though I can’t shake the fog. Still get headaches, difficult to concentrate, short term memo almost like you’re just going through the motions…anyone else experience a longer fog as well??

    Rick – Grizz Wintergreen, 1 can every other day..:

    • Hey Rick -

      Yes… the fog can last for quite some time for some folks (myself included). I know it’s not much help, but all I can say is hang in there and keep fighting. It won’t happen overnight, but there will be a day where you look back and say, “Hey… I’ve felt pretty damn good for the last week or so”. Keep rocking that quit and keep doing what got you to 4+ weeks!

  26. Day 40 here, taking it one day at a time. Don’t look out and don’t look back, look at getting past each hour if you have to. Document your days and that will remind you of how tough we are for quitting, like we thought we were tough for dipping. Life has been much better without it, more energy, more money, stronger. We are gladiators for quitting.

  27. Day 3 for me so far. The biggest thing I have noticed at this point is my fatigue and my inability to concentrate…almost as if I’m simply going through the motions, or walking through the fog as described above. Anybody got tips on something I could do to, I guess, regain my concentration? I’ve tried concentrating on something specific and I just can’t seem to do it at this point.

  28. Iv chewed a can of copehegan longcut everyday since i was about 16. Im 21 now and i joined the army and you are not allowed to chew during basic training. I leave febuary 2 nd so i thought id quit before then so im not freaking out during basic training. I havent had a chew in a little more than two days and i honest dont feel anything different really? Like i want to go buy a can but its not that bad of an urge. Will there be worse symptoms ha or is it just mental. If your mentally tough will i be fine?

    • Dave – there are some people who don’t deal with many withdrawal symptoms at all. However, the vast majority of folks do deal with several symptoms including but not limited to the ones laid out here: http://www.killthecan.org/your-quit/what-to-expect-when-you-quit-dipping/ That said if you’re not struggling, congratulations! You may be one of the lucky ones.

    • Dave, I have chewed a can a day since I was 18, Im now 33. There has not been one day that I havent dipped- sick, hung-over, dental-work, etc. I am 4 days in and like you, dont feel any different. I felt a little foggy on the first day but could care less about it right now. I feared quitting for so long that I may have over prepared myself mentally. So I feel like im in the same boat as you, did it get any worse or what weeks into quiting?

  29. Hey boys, been chewing Kodiak and Skoal since 16 yrs old. Started while playing high school baseball and never stopped through college, professional life, etc.. was a closet dipper as the wife went to bed i’d fire up the chew… only chewed once or twice a day for 25 yrs… this past year th jaw started getting tight… dentist said i started to have gingivitis, etc and just wasn’t worth it or even fun anymore.. so, i’m on day 8 and even had beers this weekend with no relapse.. so, hang in there and i’m fighting like crazy to kick this beast. Mouth already feels 100% better and i ain’t going back. Good luck boys.

  30. hey guys Im on week five and I feel great. Im a very mentally strong person but dip is my only weakness. Ive been dipping for about five years. Army got me started. I took a route that may have been a little crazy but it worked for me. everytime I want a dip i look at google pictures of oral cancer and that scares the shit out of me enough not want it anymore.

  31. William i started dipping when i was 3 im 22 now i want never quite i put a dip in when i get up every morning and keep one in all day

  32. Hi guys – Had my weekly dip dream last night.Dipped for 8 years – Cope Whiskey Blend was my go to. Quit back in September 2013 – September 8th to be exact….almost six months later and I’m still craving it each and every day. Getting that tingling feeling where my dip sat in my mouth all the time. God do I hate that feeling now. Used to be the thing reminding me that I needed to pack a lip. Now its just a reminder of how addict to this crap I really was….

  33. I’m at 33 days. 2-3 tins a week. Mostly dipped while at work. Put a dip in around 630am and kept it all day. Having stomach aches and a lil anxiety. But worst of all is the sleeping thing. Can’t stay awake after work , but like clock work I wake up at 230 am. My alarm is set for 445. Doesn’t make life easy

  34. I’ve made it two weeks without a dip… my mouth feels so much better too.. cravings are less and less. I even had drinks at the Phoenix Open last weekend and although had the urge..never, stopped to by a tin. Can’t wait to day 30, 90 and 1 full year without that crap. IF your reading this and still dip it’s not worth it. You can stop cold turkey as i have. Man up boys.

    • I drank the first 2 weeks as well. You have to want to quit and triggers shouldn’t do anything. I actually welcomed all my triggers just so I can fight them. 47 days clean after 11 years chewing. First try quitting and so far so good and I don’t see myself ever going back to the sac

  35. Day 76 feeling lot of anxiety attacks and my body gets weaker and weaker what can i do

  36. When I dip it drys my tongue and the back of my throat up why??

  37. This time I’m going to do it! I’m 43 and dipped since I was 12. It’s weird to tell people I’ve dipped 31 years and I’m only 43. But I lost my mom last May to cancer and now I’m close to losing my dad to esophagus cancer. I’m not going out that way and not forcing my kids into dealing with losing me that way. I’m on day 5. I’ve been to “day 5″ hundreds of other times though. The longest I have quit was 2 months and 6 days in 2011. I had to dip again before I hurt one of my peewee football parents. I’m going to quit this time because I hate being controlled by anything. Just a tip for some I’ve found helpful. Quit drinking caffeine before you quit dipping. Getting rid of that stimulant first seems to help. Good luck to everyone!!!!

  38. hey im corey im quiting right now feb 14th prlly not a good time to start my quit starting a job tomorrow but ya know one day i wanna get married to an have kids i would like to be around to see them grow up ive failed so many times at quitting i need to figure out how to use your site if someone can email me on how to use it that would be great . countryboi728@yahoo.com please an thanks let the fight begin!!!!!!

  39. Day 1 1 hour in lets do this!!! Im 21 and ive dipped for 9 years. I finally got to the point were dip doesn’t taste good anymore so im hoping that helps me. And think you grizzly wide cut for being gross enough to make me want to quite.

  40. Im going to set a date and lock myself in a hotel room, to at least spare my family for the first couple days. I will really need this forum, come March

    • Not a bad idea Timothy – but why wait till March? Get quit TODAY and by the time March rolls around you’ll be well on your way to freedom.

    • If you have to set a date your not ready to quit. I threw my chew in the trash after waking up one morning and now I’ve been clean 7 weeks. Not hard after the first 2 weeks

  41. Hey all, I’ve recently decided to quit chewing. I’m a senior in high school and I have been going through about a can a day. Recently I got caught chewing at a wrestling tournament in the locker room, so many wrestlers chew it’s unbelievable. Me and teammates chewed in the locker rooms every tournament no problem. Eventually we all get caught. Well, this happened the week before regionals and I was suspended from sports for 30 days. I’m not able to wrestle anymore and that’s a tough pill to swallow because wrestling is my life, I’ve been wrestling since I was 4 years old traveling all across the country attending tournaments. I had aspirations on becoming a state champ this year after all the hard work I’ve put in and I had a good shot, I was ranked 3rd in the state. Having this happen was enough for me to never want to chew again. I’ve let so many people down and I’m having a hard time dealing. Quitting is hard enough as is is, but I’m already depressed from not being eligible to wrestle. I haven’t had but one chew since, so roughly a week ago. After a few days, I was feeling terrible so I caved and put one in And I threw up? Is that normal? It’s been a few days and is still rough. I’m down in a couple of ways so it’s proving to be very difficult. Is there any pointers out there? I don’t want to lose anything else.

    Sorry to bore ya’ll with my story but feedback is greatly appreciated.
    Thanks, take care! And good luck to everyone!

  42. My name is Brian and I will quit today. I pick this day as it’s my sons 7th birthday.

  43. I can do this but I’m happy to see there are many people here. Its nice to know. I am doing it today because of my sons birthday but also for my health. I will retire from the Marine Corps in two years and want to be free of the can.

  44. Day one for me. Been dipping for about 15 years. Started in my teenage years and the addiction began. I have quit once already and made it a year 3 months and 29 days, not that I was counting. Had a relapse when my second son was born and been dipping again for about 20 months. I have been taking chantix for a week now and also took it previously as well. I can vouch that it works, for me anyway. I hope to make it past the ten day mark and cruise through this process. My biggest problem is not losing my cool with my little boys or wife. Hope to be able to quarantine myself so I do t hurt my little boys and my wife. I am ready to move past this addiction and be a better example for my children. Will check back in down the road.

  45. Been dipping for 5 years now ( can every 2 days) started when I was 16. I’ve quit once before but now it’s starting to take it’s toll on my mouth (gums receding ) haven’t dipped for a week and now I have the worse sore throat and it’s hard to swallow. My teeth hurt as we’ll . Of course i look up the symptoms online and everywhere I look points to cancer this and cancer that. Will be going to the doctor on Monday. I will never put a dip in again after this scare

  46. I have been chewing for 9 years, grizz wintergreen(can/2days). Those first 3 days were hell! No joke. I woke up one morning ready to quit and I am happy with that decision. 50 days now and I can say, after reading every ones response and comments, that I have had it easy. Dip dreams are common but they are just dreams. Sore throat on week 3. Today was my first day not craving at all. I was in class this evening and a guy unsealed his new tin of grizzly wintergreen in front of me then proceeded to put one in. I was impressed with myself. Watched him do this, and then talked to him for a few minutes. Didn’t even want any. Smell was amazing as always but I quit because I was ready to. Didn’t do it for anyone. Chewie is somewhat right about words like try and others, but it’s a lot easier typing these words then thinking this way. I knew I could do this from day 1. So I may be a little impressed with myself, I am not shocked I’m on day 50. Good luck everyone out there. Different people experience quitting differently, I just got lucky and it was easy.

  47. Hour 29 no dip Don’t know if I want one or not can’t get settled I have probably drank 20 glasses of water today. Well no problem I’m a quitter of dip.

  48. hi i have dipped since i was 10 im 21 now. i tried quitting, quit for 4 months now im sitting here with tounge pain hoping it is not cancer im going to give it another goround as of today

  49. Been dipping for 7 years. 2+ cans a day skoal apple. Honestly I believe it is time to quit because ive just been put on anxiety medication and it seems to be reacting horribly with my dip. I get about three dips a can and about the only time I dont dip is at meals. I even enjoy falling asleep for the night with a good pinch in. Im ganna do it some how. Every time ive tried to stop in the past something seems to go bad in my life to make me want it more. Its sad that something you can pick up at a gas station can have such a hard grip on your life.

  50. I am quitting bc I realize I don’t need it and its a waste of money, my girlfriend doesn’t like it and she wants me to be healthy. I will still go thru about a whole can a day and it breaks my spirit when I realize I’m doing it. the only thing that can really get me thru a long period if time without it is when I spend the day with her. but free seeing her and not having thought about it, I pull into a gas station go in and ask for Copenhagen straight or wintergreen, and after I put one in is when I begin to feel like shit for it. I have “quit” at least 6 tines over the past two years and I can’t win for loosing. I need help and I need it now, I’m being driven up the damn wall, can’t sleep just thinking about it and even with the dip just thinking about quitting and “what would my baby say if she was here?” Makes it only worse in my mind . any advise?

    • So you are actually closet dipping. That is one of the worst things you can put yourself thru. The guilt and having to go thru withdraws constantly.
      I have about 5 or 6 weeks in as a quitter. I dipped about two cans a day for at least 15 years. You can quit.
      It is very hard for everyone not just you.

      Here are the quit instructions:
      1)Decide a date to quit and do it.
      2)Get in your mind life is gonna really suck for a week or two. Be prepared.
      3)Do whatever it takes to not put that shit in your mouth (fake dip, beef jerkey, gum, etc).
      4)Take it DAY by DAY.
      5)Stop making bullshit excuses to not stop dipping today or start back. Just quit!

      Please understand tobacco is a killer. My wife is a nurse. This is killing young people too. People always think it will happen to someone else. Keep dipping it is going to kill you.

  51. Day 1. I’m a 17 year old jr in HS. I’ve been dippin a can and a half every day for 3 and a half years. Parents put up with it but have asked me to quit every day since I started. Finally just woke up at 530 this morning and took all my cans and went into the backyard and threw them as far as I could into the woods. Tough day at school cause I usually dip in all my classes. Just day 1 but I’m really feeling like hell and all I can think about it goin to buy a can. Any advice?

    Copenhagen Southern Blend and Grizz Mint Cut are the enemy right now.

  52. Today the Day 104 and now i am so much happy that i have quit on 23nov, thanxs to all .

  53. Day 2/3 here, gave it up for Lent, figuring God can help get me through this time (first time I quit I spent about six months clean, then relapsed playing hockey) and I was tired of lying to my girlfriend. Literally stared in the mirror for awhile in a complete daze, been listening to music trying to keep my mind off everything. I started periodically in high school, now I’m 25. I get this tingly feeling throughout my body all the time, no idea what that’s about. I also woke up with a sore throat on day two. I’ve done a much better job of not flipping out on my g/f though. I told her to leave me alone for a few days so I didn’t rip her head off.

    Worst/toughest part so far is just finding something else to do. I’m a hockey player, so I’m a gym rat anyway, but I can only lift so many times in a day haha. Regardless, the best part about quitting is that I’m going to be cut up by the time this is over. Easiest way to get over it? Just stay busy, keep your mind off it, and DO NOT rationalize it. The bottom line is it’s going to kill you if you don’t stop, and I’m a cocky son of a bitch so I want to be the first guy to live forever. Screw dipping in the butt.

  54. So this is day 13 for me and my chest hurts,arms and legs and face are warm and tingley, but im getting it down i think

  55. My husband is quitting after 8 years and Lord help me, he is going through all kinds of symptoms including extreme douchiness. It has really helped ME reading everyones comments and encouragement on here. This process isn’t just affecting him, it’s affecting me and our children. It’s been about 2 weeks and now he’s dealing with stomach pains, nausea, and vomiting. He’s also experienced muscle aches and joint pain. I’m praying he feels some relief soon and doesn’t give up and start dipping again. Thanks to all of you for sharing your stories and support. You never think when you start this habit how it will affect you later in life, and the lives of those who love and care for you!
    Here are a couple tips: if you are dealing with mouth sores, research oil pulling. It’s natural and will help pull toxins from your mouth as well as heal. Also Arnica and Tumeric are great for natural muscle and joint pain relief. There are quite a few natural supplements you can include in your diet that would help curb some of the side effects of quitting and help you feel better without introducing other potentially addictive medications into your system. It’s worth the time to do a little research and most are really inexpensive. Good luck!

  56. I have not posted on here yet but have done plenty of reading as I went thru this quit. I’m extremely happy to say that today is day 70 of this journey. Never thought I could kick this nasty habit that stuck on me for close to 19 years, but I’m on my way and feel great. Still have bad urges that last a few hours, especially while working with others that still dip, but keeping occupied gets the mind off of it, along with plenty of seeds and the occasional dip of Smokey Mountain. To all the other quitters out there, keep with it. In time the bad days get replaced with way more good days and you too will be on your way to kicking this habit!

  57. march 12 2014, just dumped my can down the toliet. I want to quit. I want to quit so bad. I have nicorette gum, but would like to go cold turkey. any thoughts?

  58. well its about 1pm and I’m doing alright I think. I have been using the gum to to take off the edge. perhaps tomorrow I will go cold turkey. I work in construction so its real hard not just go up to 99 percent of the workers and ask for a dip. anyway thanks for the support. also I find myself eating a ton today. crazy

  59. I AM FOGGY!!! its killing me..only in 52 hours… not physical, just want to spit!

  60. I quit 5 days ago after 5 years at 1 can every 2 days, Ive had a few urges but i have not went insane or crazy i still feel the same as before but without a big fat dip in my mouth, is it going to hit me sometime or is the worst part over with?

    • I was about the same. 7 years 1 can every 2 days. It was easy for me. I’m on day 69, and the only issues I had was dip dreams. I had some cravings but for the most part quitting was easier than I thought . Haven’t had the urge to put in a dip for a while. Cold turkey, no seeds , nothing. You might gains about 3 percentage of your total body weight in the next few weeks. As long as you work out and eat right you should be fine

  61. My name is Hemendra, Day 52. I am feeling lots of panic attacks. Can anybuddy tell me how long this will last?

  62. I quit after 5 years (2-3 cans/week) in 2007. In 2011 I started again, and again probably used 2-3 cans/week. I am ready to quit, ready to make it past just a day or 2 or 3, that is. Like many, I have soreness that I’m fearing means cancer (though it probably doesn’t), and I noticed that even that went away after a few days on past quitting attempts. But…………..I’m ready to be done for good now, and I’m glad I found this place after having a very short “relapse” (about a third of can total) yesterday and this morning. It is time to be done for good.

  63. I have been dipping for 4 yrs I am 16 and enough is enough I can’t live without it and I am sick of it it’s not fun no .more this is day 1

  64. When do you get over the itrational fear of cancer when there are no apparent signs? I quit a week ago and am a member of the forum but am super paranoid. Went to a dr and they said it was just a lymph node. Regardless I am still paranoid, is this common?

  65. I have decided today to quit dipping. I told myself a year ago that I was quitting and it didn’t happen, so hopefully I will be strong enough to do so now. I have a 2 year old son and the last thing I want is for him to see and remember me dipping. It has ONLY been 6 hours. I already have a huge head ache, I’m super irritated and just all around pissed off and the only thing I want is just one more fix. All I keep thinking is, ‘one more is ok, i am trying to quit and one more is acceptable.’ Am I crazy for just quitting cold turkey?

    • Definitely not crazy for quitting cold turkey Tiffany… it’s the preferred method around here. And while it does indeed suck, it’s absolutely doable and TOTALLY worth it. Hang in there!

  66. Working on day 13 hour 10. I feel better than I have in a long time. Everybody that quits needs to set up a counter online as a constant real time reminder of how far they have come.

    Everyday the cravings get shorter and farther apart. Keep it up everybody

  67. Day 26. Still having chest pain and a sore stomach, and sometimes shortness of breath. This totally sucks I don’t feel good and still waking up in the middle of the night. Thanks for the posts it really helps.

  68. its been 4 hours….dont know if my mind is playing tricks on me….but my body feels weird…have chewed for 25 years…I want to quit

  69. a can and a half a day

  70. Like Tiffany at 10:00 am I poured a full can into toilet and flushed it…I want to do cold turkey and thats it

  71. Feeling a little edgy right now…chewing gums…life savers…i know i ant just quit a little at a time becuase then I will be chewing regularly again…has to be all or nothing

  72. Day 3 and I feel great! Dipped a can a day for the last 15 years, never skipped a beat- sick, hungover, dental appointment, work, did not matter, somehow always found a way thru a full can every day. For the last 3 years I have really wanted to quit and frequently visited this site for support, never tried though. I finally did 3 days ago and to my disbeleive dont hardy have any cravings or side effects. I was a little foggy on day one but good after. I even had a few drinks last night with some buddys who dip and wasnt even tempted. So I wanted to drop back by and say that anyone who is questioning quitting but scared to at least try- GO FOR IT. Nothing to loose, only gains. I know that I will never touch that stuff again, it feels way better to be a non-dipper than that stuff tastes on its best day! Good luck guys and remember, you may not even struggle with quiting but if you do its an easier struggle than struggling with cancer, we have the choice now, lets make the right one!

  73. I am going to start my quit journey tomorrow as I bought a tin yesterday gonna throw the rest down the toilet tonight before bed wish me luck i have tried many times before but never had success longest time without it was about 4 months before i got lured back in … i notice my throat always hurting and gum are down to almost nothing I am only 25 and have so much more to live for dip has been strangle holding me for about 10 years time to get it done any advice or encouragement is always appreciated

    • Good luck vinnie, you got this! Maybe you can share what lured you in to start dipping again last time. What ever it is maybe try and avoid it this time thru if possible. What we all have to remember is that we all have to quit at some point, lets make the decision to do it before its to late! Good luck vinnie and keep us posted so we can follow your success!

  74. My name is Austin I’m 16 been chewed for about 3 years… my 21 year old brother in law got me started 3 years ago.. I used to be a can and a half a day chewer… Been clean for about 5 months now… my girl wanted me to quit cut she looked up pictures of what chew does to your mouth and she made me quit at first it was hard for the first week… my parents got me an E-cig that is SKOAL flavor with low nicotine doesn’t help that all my friend’s chew and they offer me a dip I wanna say yes but I still refuse… now that I’m clean I feel better and I’m a lot more active I play sports (football) and I don’t think about it as much anymore… life is much easier now that I quit

  75. at 39 today, starting to get some dead skin peeling away in my “dippers pocket”, is this normal?

  76. 20 years old and i have tried multiple times to quit. I seem to always buy another can after Ive thrown away the last one saying that it is the last one. Been dipping since I was 17. I never really knew a site like this existed. It is hard to refuse a dip due to the fact that I am a college athlete with multiple majors. This is a big step for me since I was going through a can every two days. Reading all these posts is definitely a morale boost. Good Luck to all trying to quit!

  77. Blair, I’m sure the addiction has already taken you by the balls, but 3 years and a can every two days sounds a whole lot better than 10 years and two cans a day. Quit now, I hope you don’t look back on this some day and wish you did while you were ahead.
    That said, I have been chewing for 10 years and yeah, 2 can a day habit for a long time now. Went to the dentist for a massive tooth ache and I may have a cancerous cyst. After looking through the pictures on here of what could come of this I’m ready to end this today. April fools? I think not. No more slavery. No more. Good luck to all of you in the same boat as myself, I hope you too set yourselves free..

    • By the way, I am 26. Never too young for cancer. I hope it is only a wake up call.

    • Hi everyone congrats to those who are still quit have been trying to quit since December I slipped after 2 weeks trying to get back that initial day one start I am 37 and have been chewing since 13. It really helps reading everybody’s encouragement because I am tired of this shit it just feels like u fail before u start gonna keep trying.

    • Brian, I certainly hope you don’t have cancer! Results yet? Either way, I hope you’re done chewing! I had a few scares myself years ago. Don’t do what I did and go straight back to the can once you find out it’s not cancerous.

      Day 5 here. I’ve been dipping for over 30 years. At least for the last decade, I’ve had a dip in my mouth every waking minute of the day unless I’m eating or at church. I have been gutting it for the last decade as well. You’d be amazed how often you can have a dip when you’re not married to a spittoon!

      So far so good. Been using Bacc-off for the oral fixation. It’s been a lifesaver. I can’t sleep at all though. Toss and turn. 3-4 hours of sleep a night and I toss and turn the whole time. I’m taking sleep aids as well but they’re not helping. (Melatonin and unisom)

      The “fog” is lifting though. The densest fog was on days 2-3. Been lifting ever since. Still a bit foggy now bit NOTHING like the first few days. Fog is still there but if I don’t think about it, it’s not really noticeable.

      I’m cranky/irritable still but gets easier every day to handle. I think that my crankiness is more due to sleep deprivation than anything else. The first few days I was like a jittery tweaker gone straight. It was amazing.

      I’ve really had zero temptation to chew. I can’t foresee anything that will change my mind and make me go back to the can.

      Best of luck to you and let me know your biopsy results!

  78. Dumped my cans in the sink day one start right now.

  79. I have only one problem ‘nothing seems real’ and it usually last for 1 or 2 days. The last time that nothing seemed real was today on day 48 since I quit. im really upset about it and want to start dipping again.

  80. I Quit the can because I was afraid of killing myself, which I was doing all day long – at least 8-10 hours a day with lip shit in. On day 7 now, and keeping some sort of oral fixation going (toothpicks, seeds, gum, airheads, coffee). The toughest part so far is keeping calm and staying patient in stressful situations, now that you dont have your go-to, to take the edge-off. Staying very conscious of that and studying up on how to re-build / re-learn patience. Everyday I make it through, the more pride I feel, and don’t want to back to the shame of having toilet mouth. Stay committed everyone, you as a human being are worth way more than a can of lip poop.

  81. I don’t find quitting that hard, then again I haven’t dipped for 4-5 years like most of you but I just got to the point where it didn’t taste good anymore and always made me sick. What really made me quit was when my buddy put a bunch of tequila in my can of Kodak on New Years and I took a huge chaw to celebrate the new year and my whole bottom gums turned white. From that day on I haven’t dipped at all.

  82. Dipping since 18 and now just turned 34. I’m a helicopter pilot, and use at work, while flying, anytime outside, and definitely when drinking. Monday thru Friday I averaged a can a day, and usually one can would last the whole weekend. I stopped 27 days ago, and today was surprisingly the most difficult. I drove 30 mins to the only store that sells fake tobacco. Hated it, threw it away, but didnt buy the real thing. I also have noticed that I drink coffee more, not just mornings. However, been keeping the water intake up as well. Good luck to everyone here!

  83. 42 years old, my old roommate gave me my first can when I was 23. I was a can per day of Skoal Apple or Kodiak. 12 days with the aid of nicotine lozenges (way more effective than gum). My sleep is completely messed up but hope to be sleeping through the night soon.

  84. I am on 21st of day of leaving it. I some time feel that something is stuck in my throat and my neck muscles sometimes have a light pain. Is it something serious ? I don’t have any sores in my mouth, but yeah yesterday my dry lips bled. It’s changing weather here in New Delhi India with temperature hovering around 35C.

  85. I’m on day 82 of being quit. Not gonna lie I miss my Skoal Straight, but this website has helped me push through every trigger/craving. I chewed for almost 15 years/1 can per day. I have gone completely cold turkey and been through a pretty severe bout of depression. I’m sure anyone who has quit chewing, especially after doing it for a long time, realized that life was boring without chew. For the first 50 days or so, everything I did sucked, nothing was fun, and I did not have anything to look forward to because I didn’t have a dip in. At day 82, I can assure you it is much better. I do regret not seeing my doctor to get on some anti-depressants (i.e. Wellbutrin), but I just want everyone to know that quitting is hard, but if you REALLY want to do it for yourself, it gets a little bit better every day. I pretty much get through every day now and maybe think about dip 1-2 times a day. I am completely off the fake chew (no tobacco/nicotine) now and feel great. I am a nicotine addict and will always be. I am looking forward to the day I never think about it again. Those who are thinking of quitting, it will be tough, but I can assure you, every day gets easier. Anyone who has been through days 1-5 of the quit and continued to stay quit will tell you that its not worth starting again (even 1 dip), because the no one wants to go through that hell again. Stay quit!

  86. Day 40, 3 year grizzly wintergreen almost a can a day habit I turn 18 in 4 days good to quit before I can buy it, I’m stilling going strong when in need of support I come here an read stories, I’m still extremely foggy have had panic attacks anxiety been smoking weed a little it helps relax me but makes anxiety worse, but I think I’ll make it I’m determined thanks everyone love to see people quitting just 40 days ago I was a boy looking at this wanting to quit you guys have gave me that power to my addiction free life. Can’t wait to make it to 100!

  87. Hey all. Day 1 was today and had last dip around 3 hours ago. I had no idea that such a strong and encouraging website like this even existed. All of you are very inspirational to me. I am 24 years old and have finally caught my self imprisoned by that nasty S**T. It literally makes me sick that anything can have that much control over me. It all started when I was about 15-taking dips in the football locker room with your boys was always the cool thing to do. Haha yeah right.

    Anyways, Here I am – 9 years later & have been dipping approximately 1-2 cans a day for the last 7-8 years (Cope Longcut).

    Thank you all for your support and let’s kick this shits ass!

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