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. Day 52
    It is true about those Anxiety attacks, I never had them before and they freaked me out, I ended up in the ER. Got checked out and nothing was wrong, but sure felt like I was going to kick the bucket. after the second one I Iearned to recognize when they were about to start.
    Here’s a trick to save you a lot of money on drugs and therapy. The minute you feel it coming, do not resist it, it will get worse, If you have a watch take a look at the seconds hand and follow it, as the heartbeats increase and feeling of doom comes up, continue looking at the seconds hand and count the seconds, 1, 2, 3, and so on, the first time it’ll be rough, by the second time or third you will stop the anxiety attack on its tracks. This is a trick that works for me and I hope it’ll works for you. Good luck and stay quit.

  2. Day 7 for me, feels like I’m winning this fight.
    Reading all your comments helped.
    3-4 cans per week in Canada cost me over $6000 per year!!
    Best of luck everyone, stay strong and fuck you Chew.

    • Quit a week ago, 61 years old and I want to be there for my grandkids. Started chewing at daily doubles in high school baseball. Been rough but I already knew quitting wasn’t easy.(been there a time or two) It came down to understanding my selfishness and putting my family first.
      Will check in soon!

  3. Went dip free 7 days ago. I have tried to quit numerous times in the past, cold turkey, the patch, gum etc. What helped this time was Chantex. I used the method #2 where I used less and less dip each day until I didn’t want to use it anymore. What is different this time are that the urges are not as intense. I am not a bear to my family either. I use tic tacs throughout the day. If I have a bad craving a just pop a tic tac on the back of my tough and let it dissolve. Also, water is a huge part as well. I cut out caffeine save for my morning coffee. Having done this many times before I would be climbing the walls by now but am able stay focused and not think about it. So after 22 years of dipping and being in a work environment where it is widely accepted (Army) I am optimistic that I am done for good this time. Oh, one more thing. The driving force for this was life insurance. Retiring from the Army and having to purchase life insurance as a tobacco user was a real wake up call! Good luck!

    • Hello Mr Brad,
      A very good evening to you.
      First of all, let me congratulate you for the task that you have accomplished. Really, you have done no less than what a martyr does for his country,
      You have climbed the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest. You are the winner. You have been resurrected. You have been blessed with a new life.
      It is said that quitting chewing tobacco is more difficult than that of drugs. I’m not getting a proper word to express what a miraculous act you have done.
      I love you. It’s an irony that even I have quit chewing tobacco a couple of moments before. My life has become unworthy of living. I got married twice but neither of the wives could adjust herself with me.
      I’m an MA in the English literature from a university, yet I earn almost nothing. Is it not shameful ? And the whole credit goes to none but tobacco. It has made my life hellish. It is my near and dear that are suffering more than I am. It is more than twenty years ever since I began chewing tobacco.
      Mr Brad, I am an Indian. Most of us chew this rubbish. The tobacco addicts are generous enough to share their tobacco boxes though they hesitate parting with their money in charity. Sometimes, I feel that even the fellow beings don’t want that one should be a teetotaler or at least tobacco free .
      Mr Brad, I expect help from you in persisting in my determination to give up chewing tobacco. So, keep on posting that shall encourage the other chewers.
      Happy Christmas and New Year 2019.
      Your friend and follower.
      Santosh Kumar Rai.
      The Republic of India.

    • This is 2215 hours, Thursday, the sixth of December, 2018, when I have taken a resolution, a firm determination never to touch tobacco throughout my life. Let the world turn hostile but the shit I have been used to shall never ever knock the door of my life.
      May the Almighty Lord Jesus Christ bless me with courage and accomplishment !
      Glory be to Him.
      Let the Holy month testify its Holiness with the meagre wish of mine.
      Lord Jesus Christ, You are Great.

  4. I started dipping at 17. I’m 29 now. I Haven’t been a consistent chewer. In the last 12 years I’ve been an off again on again kinda guy. So I can’t say I was every addicted. Basically every blue moon id just get a random craving. So I’d buy a can, chew it, get scared of cancer and be done with it. This last year tho, I’ve become a more frequent chewer. I hate the thought of cancer. So I found something called fully loaded chew and white trail chew. It’s a tobacco free chew. I swear to y’all it’s just like the real stuff. I been chewing the hell out of it. No cancer no worries. If Y’all don’t want to quit but you HAVE to quit I recommended that stuff. No I don’t work for them. I came across this thread because I was looking up any permanent effects from dipping. Can anybody tell me if there’s anything I have to worry about long after I quit? Last time i had a real chew was a couple months ago. My mouth feels fine. Teeth and gums seems good. My gums bleed when I floss but I think that’s normal.

  5. Started dipping when I was 16 – I am now 60. I decided I wanted to quit dipping. I was going through a can about every day and a half. To me spitting is very nasty so I swallowed that means I was getting 100% of whatever from my dip. I formulated a plan. I would cut back by 1 half and when I met that goal I would half it again. Then I said, OK, now one can has to last me for a week. I met that, then I said 1 can has to last me for two weeks. I barely met that goal, on a Friday was my last of the two weeks, my final dip lasted until noon, I tried to hang on to it while I ate my lunch, no joy.
    From that day forward I have not had a dip, and can’t really say I wanted one, I haven’t had the urge to buy a can. I didn’t quit, I am seeing how long I can go without a dip. Mentally it works for me, quitting is forever while the other is one day at a time.

    • Kenneth Latiolais

      Keep up the good work! I started at 13 and stopped at 54 and or 71 days ago. It’s hard but worth it! Ps. Atomic fireball candy work good for me. Lol

  6. I have chewed for 22 years something that I couldn’t stop while playing pro baseball. But I have finally quit or at least trying for the first time with conviction. I’m on 2 and a half months and I have noticed that my tongue can’t handle heat temp wise and is SUPER sensitive to spice heat. Is there anything to help this and why the hell does it still feel like this?

  7. Been chewing for over 20 years and now she pouches. I ll stop sometimes for days at a time and never affects me. When I am dipping,
    I m a tin a day. My problem is that I genuinely enjoy doing it.

  8. Hey guys! I actually just quit about 4 days ago. The cravings have been strong, but I’ve been stronger. I had a triggering event that snapped me out of it. I’m 31, I’ve been dipping since I was 16. And I wish everyday that I had never picked that damn can up. In more recent years, it’s been disgusting. I thought to myself every time I put a dip in ” Geez this stuff is nasty!” And even had the face to go with it! People would ask, then why do it? Addictions. Plain and simple. So fast forward to 4 days ago I’m at work. I had noticed a sore on my lip, and on my tongue. The tongue Dore didn’t bother me, I knew I had burned it with coffee the day before. The lip though. For some reason I looked up what causes ulcers. Bacteria, stress, HERPES, spicy food and finally CANCER. For some reason this kicked me in the butt. I saw pictures. I saw the survival rate if it’s not caught early. I saw a video of what life is like for someone with mouth cancer. I am not kidding you when I say this. I threw up, and threw the dip in the river. Literally. I had scares myself so bad and thought about being in that state. I couldn’t sleep when I got home. I was scared. I’m going to tell you this. I had sores before. Never thought twice of it. For some reason something told me to look it up. I did, and I do believe it was God helping me see. Think about it. If you’re a Christian, catholic, Jewish, suicide is a sin. Welp geuss what boys!? Dipping is just a prolonged way to commit suicide! You’re hurting yourself. Killing yourself slowly one dip at a time. Slow motion bullet my boys! So ever since that day almost a week ago, I get the craving, I look at mouth cancer pictures and videos. Can’t take it. Then I thank God for showing me this. Sometimes you have to get slapped to wake up.

  9. I just turned 40 there weeks ago and have noticed a couple very small sores on the inside of my mouth and have decided it is time to quit after 20 + years of chewing. in the last 3 years or so I started chewing a can of day and the sores came up. They scared the hell out of me and I’m nervous to go to my dentist for fear of what he might say. I want to see how quitting goes for a couple weeks and hopefully they clear up.

    • I have been dip free since November 11th. Those little sores get annoying. For me, they cleared up a lot her in the last week or so. When I first stopped my mouth felt like I had chewed tacks! One thing I did find that helped was mouthwash. Keeping your mouth clean helped a lot with the soreness. Go to the dentist dude! He’ll be so happy you quit! More than likely it’s not cancer. After doing some research myslef(because that’s what scared me out of the can) the sores that come from cancer bleed and won’t stop, usually aren’t painful. So go dude. Man u p and just go do it.

  10. Is it better to start trying to quit first thing in the morning? Or does it really make a difference if I start, say after lunch?

  11. I’m 18 years old, about to be 19, and have been dipping/ vaping for 2 years, almost 3. I was dipping a can a day. Plus vaping on top of it. I decided to quit nicotine cold turkey, and I am 8 days clean! The first 3 days were literal hell. My mind is playing tricks on me, but I won’t give in! Keep pushing everybody!

  12. Hello, my husband is trying to quit Copenhagen after using it for the last 25 years. I dont acknowledge him quitting, nor does he. I just take notice in the changes to his routine and try not to comment that way he doesnt feel pressured. My question is, ‘is it normal for an otherwise unemotional guy to get kinda droopy, sad, and emotional during the quitting process?’ And is there anything I can do to lift his spirits?

    • It is definitely normal to see this happening. I am usually a pretty chill guy myself and I am on day 5 and have been all over the place. IT IS NOT EASY. I didn’t tell my wife I was quitting until day 4 and she commented on how she definitely noticed a difference in my attitude and behaviors that didn’t seem normal. I explained to her what was going on and we sat down together and took a look at this website to better understand what will happen. I asked that she not bug me about it too much, but that her support is greatly appreciated.

      • How’s it going now? I’ve got a log of Copenhagen WG LC I’m planning on weaning down on and quitting. But I’ve said that b4 like 200x lol

  13. I’ve been chewing since I was 14 and am now 47. I’ve been a can a day guy for the last 15 years or so. I recently started waking up with a sore and irritated tongue…like I’d burned it severely. Also, the floor of my mouth under my tongue is sore and irritated like I bit it…but my teeth obviously don’t reach under there. I have had a chew in for the last 10 years unless I’m eating or sleeping. I’m on day 4 of quitting and I don’t feel like I’m going to murder someone like I did the last 3. I feel like my mouth is more jacked up than when I was chewing a can a day. How long is that gonna last?

    • It’ll last for a while. Couple of weeks maybe. I ran across a BUNCH of things in my mouth when I quit that were way worse then when I was chewing. Keep in mind that you’re ULTRA sensitive now that you’ve quit. You may just be noticing things now that have been there for quite some time that were being masked by dip.

    • Yeah, I had same thing about mouth more jacked up after quitting, which is big reason why it took me a few unsuccessful times before actually quit. My thought was ‘might as well go back to dipping’ but that is severely flawed mentality. Just gotta push thru it. I’m at one month now and no issues, it will pass after week or so. Stay strong!

    • How’s it going Dave? I quit the 11th, and my sores are a lot better.

  14. Hello,
    I’m on day 3 and so far so good. Should I feel bad that I’m just doing the smokey mountain stuff? Is that the band aid approach?

  15. I’m on day 3 and so far so good but I’m feeling guilty because I was reading in here about taking smokey mountain or something like that and that’s what I’ve been doing? Is it wrong of me to feel like I’m taking the band aid approach?

  16. I just quit this morning
    Lol. My gosh my head if so foggy and fuzzy. This is very hard. I’ll need all of the support I can get.

  17. I have just packed a dip for the 4 th time in 4months and this time. My gums are swollen teeth hurt, my tongue muscles hurt and a sore throat. What gives. I have great oral hygiene btw.

    • My unprofessional opinion would be that you’re a puss, Your chewing schedule of 12 dips per year is too vigorous for a delicate flower like you.

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