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.

Looking for info after 100 days? Check out What To Expect – 100 Days and Beyond

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  1. this article is negatively biased please edit to motivate quitting.

    • Not sure I follow… this is 100% about quitting and is sharing real information about what to expect. What exactly would you like changed? We don’t sugar coat info here but I’m happy to modify something that’s incorrect.

  2. I have tried fucking everything. It’s almost impossible to quit. I’m out on the baseball field every single day. Whenever I don’t have a can, I just bum one off a teammate. I chew gum, seeds, coffee grinds, and all that shit. I just need more will power I guess. Any suggestions?

  3. 24 hours without chew after 30yrs!!!!! Now I know how drug addicts feel. Worst night of sleep ever!! Bring it’s on day 2:)

    • My son came to me when he was younger and said MOM I have been dipping for a while now and I thanked him for telling me but felt that I shouldn’t argue with him about dipping since he told me the truth. It’s been about 5 yrs now and last week he told me he had a big white patch in his mouth from dipping. That is the first sign of cancer from dipping so he decided to quit cause he wants to live. He has been quit for a week now and is doing great he says other than eating a lot. However, he works at Toyota Manufacturing and Isnt allowed to dip while working so that has helped. Stay away from the things or places that you always dipped at is the advice he is giving because that is a huge trigger. I am so proud of him for wanting to LIVE!!!

  4. Day 4 for me withdraws in full swing

  5. Been 3 days now…….my gums feel cleaner and smoother already lol…….teeth are whiter……..had a couple moments where i was pissed off and normally would throw a dip in but i didnt. Been using smokey mountain snuff (no nicotine no tobacco.) Very cool stuff and its helping.

    • Does that work the smiley mountain snuff?
      There caffeine in them isn’t there?
      I could handle that my wife and I looked at them.

  6. Hey guys –
    I’ve dipped 2 cans of Cope a day for about 15 years. My wife and I are expecting our first child (daughter) in a few months so I figured I’d quit now or likely not try any time soon. Tomorrow will be 2 weeks for me – most of the craving is gone but the oral fixation lives on strong – lots of seeds and fake stuff. Ive been pretty ridiculously irritable since I quit – anyone homage any idea that BS will last? My gums have become a little sore and my digestive system has no idea what’s going on, but I’ll Make it through. Also, is anyone else sweating like crazy when you sleep?

    Thanks for listening to the whining.

  7. I am 2 months in and it wasn’t awful. Quit skoal cold turkey one day out of nowhere. I had a week or so with absolutely terrible anxiety (I actually thought I was losing my mind) but that passed. Herbal tea, plenty of water and exercise have helped. Haven’t had a craving until today, and boy is it a bad one. Chewing seeds helps, almost bed time so I’m almost past it.

  8. Been 8 days… sucks but chewing the shit outa some gums help…. anybody else have weird feelings in gum where you held your pinch?

  9. This is day 1. I’m only a few hours in and I’m dreading tomorrow. I’m always up for a challenge but this will be different from any other challenge I’ve ever faced.

    • It is one of the biggest challenges you will face Derek…also one of the most rewarding. Keep busy and stick to your plan to be free.

  10. I’ve dipped for 22 years. The only time I didn’t have a dip in my mouth was when I was eating or sleeping…It’s been 55-1/2 hours now with out one…….

    • I feel ya. I can say the same about my habit. I’m 11 days in. Get ready to ride the storm and embrace the suck! You can do it, Bud!

  11. Hit a month a few days ago. I still crave but as the days go on, it’s been getting easier. I’m feeling good. Even my friends that dip are telling me to stay from it. I’m excited to see what happens in the future. To anyone trying to quit, stick to it. It’s a mental thing. The cravings won’t last forever.

    • Ya I was using the patch for a day I think it’s worse now it’s been couple hours without patch my withdrawals come and go and I been chewing cope for 30 years sucks but it’s so bad for u it really started to give me alot of problems health wise I’m done srew the withdrawals they will go away and will save alot of money and feel better


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