The Fog of Quitting Dip

The Fog Of Quitting DipYou’re a couple of weeks in… You’re feeling good about your decision to quit… But some thing’s just not quite right… You feel “dizzy”. Maybe not quite dizzy, but like you’ve had a beer or two. You’re “off”. You don’t feel quite right. You can’t concentrate. Reading is difficult and typing is damn near impossible.

Welcome to the fog ladies and gentlemen. I can tell you that it will pass. I can’t tell you when. I can’t tell you how foggy it will be… But i can tell you that you’ll get out of it.

I quit on July 24th, 2006. My birthday was August 2nd. I literally don’t remember what I did that day I was so foggy. I was playing ping pong with a co-worker that week and almost fell over… I was having trouble tracking the ball. I couldn’t concentrate on work. I couldn’t think about family. I was focused on my quit and how bad life SUCKED without my friend the Kodiak bear.

And then something happened ~~ the fog lifted. I saw the light. I didn’t need dip anymore. Sure there were bad days, but I wasn’t feeling like crap anymore.

You too will see the light — You too will get out of the fog. I promise you!!! I know it’s difficult to believe at this point in your quit, but trust me/us — We know what we’re talking about.

Realize this… You NEVER have to go through the fog again once you get through it — unless you cave.

You never have to feel this crappy again — unless you cave.

You’ve taken the first step, you’re quit and you’re on the site. Now take the next step and walk through the fog. You’ll have a new outlook, a bunch of great friends and a dip free life!

chewie

NOTE: This piece written by KillTheCan.org forum member Chewie

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  1. I still have anxiety but it’s manageable now. Early on I went the the ER Twice for panic attacks. Thought I was having a heart attack. Never had one prior to quitting. The anxiety, flushed face are a daily thing for me. I’m always thinking something’s wrong with me. I’ve been prescribed all sorts of meds to help but I hate taking any meds so I fight through it.

    • I’m just posting because I’ve gone through this and I’m just a unlucky case I’d say. I quit smoking and although smoking isn’t the same as chewing the real culprit is nicotine. All the side symptoms of smoking and chewing are just kicking the habit but nicotine is what we’re all really trying to break free from. I had the fog for about a year and a half. It was hard but I worked through it. I was scared to drive. I was scared of everything or to do anything… but life doesn’t stop and bills don’t pay themselves. I pulled what energy I could to going back to driving ( because I made my girlfriend drive me everywhere ) and going back to work. It was hard concentrating. I was worried about people thinking I was crazy or acting weird smelling weed or anything made me feel like I was gonna stay stuck in fog or whatever. Funny enough you notice after a while you’re the only one that thinks that. It’s all in your head. Once I came to that realization and came to terms with it. The fog started to dissipate. What I also realized that anxiety feeds the fog the most. Nicotine made us feel good because it masked everything in our lives. When we felt bad, did we process it? Did we take our time and actually handle the stressful or hurtful or whatever kind of situation? No.. we smoked or dipped. It’s no different than going to a bottle of alcohol. Sure it drowns everything out but the problem is still there. So quitting nicotine in general kind of brings all of things to light. You might have been anxious and just self medicating with nicotine, or depressed. Either way none of these things are anything to worry about because. As hard as it can be you can fight and overcome anxiety, and depression and whatever else, IF YOU FEEL you fit that category. Because I’ve done everything a lot of people on here have done. Gone to a doctor and done blood test after blood test. Neurologists. EKG, MRI. Etc. it all came out perfect. But one doctor gave me an important piece of information. Just because my body is fine. Doesn’t mean my cells are happy. In other words, you can’t measure anxiety and depression and what’s your cells are doing in your body… and a lot of times from what I’ve experienced.. the fog gets worse… when I’m more anxious. When I stop thinking about it and just go about my life.. It’s not there.. all you can do is relax. Do what you can and let your body heal itself. If you feel overly anxious or depressed see a therapist and don’t be afraid to. They’re here to help you cope with these feelings of not feeling real and wanting things to go back to normal. It’ll take time but it’ll be worth it. I’m 2 years and some change quit now.
      I don’t feel any of the fog like I used to.. because it was never the fog it was anxiety for me. Some it goes away sooner some it goes away later. I do feel confused and emotionally overwhelmed from everyday stresses because I used to smoke them away. I also get irritated very fast and can’t really handle things the way I used to.. I make up scenarios and say negative things to myself like ” oh I’m always gonna be like this, I just want to be normal, blah blah blah ” guess what.. nothing is wrong with me.. Sounds bad sure, but it makes sense considering that i used to self medicate with nicotine. Nicotine does what? Elevate your mood, enhances your concentration and focus, creates new connections in your brain so it can further take control. So when you quit no wonder all of this happens. Treated nicotine as if it were part of your body for everyday life.

      AS A Conclusion… I wrote all this because when I was in the fog I was terrified and constantly looking up what’s wrong with me etc. That only made things worse believe me and no not worse than what you’re feeling right now but it just prolonged this temporary ” brain fog “.
      Just as hard as it may be. Relax, do what you’re afraid of. Do it slowly. Can’t drive? Drive around the block at night. It will feel weird but it’s ok. I kept driving and I was always a good driver so I was stubborn. Funny enough i messed up my right front bumper and crashed my girls car but I live in one of the worst places to drive Los Angeles.. hence why.. drive at night..
      Once you learn to accept it and jsut go along with your life and realize. This is gonna go away. All of this is going to go away. You’ll feel better. The sooner you do that the better you’ll feel. And if you’re feeling anxious I really just recommend seeing a therapist if it’s affordable. If not. There’s many good sources online on how to manage and cope with anxiety.. because it can be hard but even that can be overcome. So be strong, you got this, nothing is wrong with you. Good luck

      Ps: I only SMOKED for 8 years. I say only because some have dipped and smoked way more than me and recovered faster. I don’t think it was their bodies. It’s their attitude. Keep that in mind.

    • Man I can tell you I’m right there with you. I quit at the end of January and still feel like I have a buzz all day. Tried it all from exercise to eating very well. Doctor prescribed me to adderall which only made it worse. I’ll be honest if this is the way life is going to be I’d rather just start chewing again.

      • Hey nick. I was also wondering if adderall would help with the fog, glad to know that it doesn’t work before I tried it. The fog is tough man. I can barely function. I also debated going back to dipping in order to clear the fog. I wonder if anti anxiety medication would help??

        • Yeah randy i don’t know if the medication will work but in my opinion it’s replacing an addiction with another addiction. I can tell you I’m giving it until next January which will be one year to feel better. If not I’m chewing again. The worst part is some of my friends have quit and they just threw their can in the trash like it was nothing and don’t have any problem quitting

  2. Like I said it took at least 10 months to not feel it every day. And even a year into it I’m not normal by any means. I want to go back to the way I felt when I wash chewing, I felt great! I know I will never go back to it but I want that feeling again. All I can say is hang in there!!

  3. It’s been extremely hard but I’ve fought through it somehow. I’ve seen every dr and have had every test you can come up with. Everything has come back perfect. As far as still having bouts of it, I still have the dizzy feeling that comes on for a few days here and there. Driving was very hard for the first 10 months or so. I still fight it if I’m a passenger!! Not sure what else I can do but to just keep going forward and not cave in.

    • Wow. That is definitely not news I had wanted to hear. I have been out of work for the past 4 months with this. Haven’t drove but maybe one or two times and I refuse because I feel I will cause an accident. Beyond tired of feeling like nothing seems real. Congrats on making it one year though, I know how tough it is.

  4. Tomorrow will be 1 year and I still have bouts of the fog and dizziness. It took me up until 10 months or more to not feel the dizziness everyday.

  5. Dipped for 12 years and had a dip in from morning till bed time unless I ate of course. Been 112 days since last dip and the fog and drunk/dizzy spells are the same as day 1 of quitting. The only time that I’m truly myself is the first 10 mins in the morning after I wake up. After that it dont get better until that night. I have also found that the bright sunlight makes it worse. Dark lens sun glasses do help in this case. Am I the only one that this happens to. Havent seen it yet in comments

    • Jamie,
      you are not alone. i am at my 97th day. i am having same issues, not severe as yours but i have frequent days where i wake up with anxiety and feel foggy entire day. I found lite to moderate exercise helps.

    • Bright sunlight kills me…even with shades. I get a wicked headache and squint like hell. Never happened before. Never made the connection until I read this.

  6. After 37 years I am quitting Copenhagen snuff. It is only 9:43 and already tweaking. It will be a long day. Normally had my first chew when the alarm went off and immediately after meals so I know those will be the toughest times during my journey.

  7. I just started my journey in earnest this past week . . . I have been using tobacco alternatives (BaccOff, Jerky Chew), and have had no nicotine for 48 hours now (after dipping for 44 years) . . . I am feeling pretty good, not really seeing the side effects that people are describing, so I’m hoping that it doesn’t hit me like a ton of bricks a few days or weeks down the line . . .

  8. Day 115 and still dizzy!! The only test I haven’t had yet is a CT scan. If it doesn’t get better soon I’m going in. So frustrating to say the least!!

    • I would sure love for someone to tell me how this fog feels to them. On day 120 and still feel like it’s day 2. I don’t feel dizzy but have this buzzed feeling. Slight pressure between my eyes. It has been with me since the day I quit. It is taking its toll on me!!! Thanks..

      • Please keep us updated with your progress Ryan.
        I’m on day 36 and deal with the fog most of the day.

        Thanks, Paul

      • Ryan, it took about 5-6 months before I started feeling right again. Now I’m 3 1/2 years quit and everything is great. You will get though the fog. It takes longer with some people. Just remember how terrible the first few weeks were and that you don’t want to have to go through that again.

    • Ryan – I am on day 125 and still feel foggy almost everyday. I have to remind myself why I quit and the benefits daily. I also have to remind myself that I dipped for 34 years and it’s going to take awhile for my brain and body adjust/repair from the poison I was putting in every day.

  9. Been off dip for one month after almost 40 years of using. Should I still have a Fog / Dizzying feeling after a month? Went to the Dr yesterday and he is thinking about doing a scan on the head…don’t know if I really need it
    Just looking go feedback

    • Paul i dipped for 34 years and after my quit of now 122 days, i still get the fog. I gutted that shit for years. I have been to multiple Drs and none really know what is happening or why. I get the fog with dizziness, and tingling all over. I think it’s my body ridding of all the toxic crap. But I am getting an MRI soon just for piece of mind. Kinda of like going to the dentist for the first time.

      • Thanks for the feedback Douglas…….. Not that I would wish this feeling on anyone, but kinda good to know I’m not the only one going through it.

      • How long did the fog last and how long until you felt like your old self with mental clarity?

        • Jerry, I’m going to jump in here since this question keeps coming.
          I’d say it’s different for everyone. For me…I walked in a cloud for about the first 50 days. It let up, but returned again in the 70-80 range. It did come back once more probably around the 120 day mark…but it was very short at that 120 mark. Then, it probably was spotty, if at all from there.
          It WILL get better and WILL let up, the longer you refrain from nicotine. I always said “this too….shall pass”. A few others on this site used that to get through the tough time. I will be 5 years clean come 07-15-19.
          I was a dam near 30 year, can, can and a half a day Dipper.
          If I can get through it and remain clean, ANYONE CAN!
          I did (and still occasionally do) use the fake dips. But it’s NOTHING like I did . I now go days, even weeks without anything in my mouth. But seeds, gum, jerky and fake dips got me through those first 100 days and beyond.
          If it becomes too hard to handle, go see a doctor, let him/her know what you’re up to, they can get you something to knock off the edge. I onceo read we abused nicotine to deal with stress. Stress can turn into anxiety (and even depression)..fog is a byproduct of stress/anxiety/depression. The longer you stay away, the better it becomes, promise!
          Take care and STAY QUIT!
          -JP
          Free since
          7-15-14

    • Chewed for around 35 years, just past the 4 week mark yesterday. Fog came back and seems like day one all over again. i cant concentrate on anything right now. overall seems to be getting better although very small increases each day. quit cold turkey this time and seems to be working better than other times i have tried. hang in there quitters, good to know im not alone in this struggle

  10. Does the fog return around day 90. I feel like it’s the first few days again.

  11. well here we go thirty years chewing and im finally done ,ten cope ten kodiak ten pouches ,then i had my first experience downstairs and it almost drove me crazy mentally ,im a super hard worker ,ex halibut fisherman and just a pretty healthy all around guy other than chew coffee and my weed ,but always was active and making sure aside from the junk food that great foods were always going in my body.well i decided to get rid of chew and now i have twice the energy twice the power and size downstairs so im happy as as ive ever been,chew is a killer and is only inhibiting our true selves ,dump it and get ten years younger ! it is pure hell but weed coffee and healthy food got me through the fog from hell im in my second weekbut the weeks before weening of slowly were difficult to say the least,best wishes and prayers for those struggling and that have forgotten what true feeling is as our feelings and nerves have been somewhat numb for years,welcome to life as it was intended,everythings better believe me and yes it does get easier folks

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