What To Expect When You Quit Dipping

What To Expect When You Quit Dipping

So 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.

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  1. Day 704
    I just got to the 7th floor and I am close to my 2 year quit date, but I am not going to lie folks. in the last couple of days I have been steadily having Nic attacks. I thought by now, this would be over, but it isn’t . I’ve been thinking about if I am doing something that triggers these craves or what is going on.
    The only thing i can come up with is the following: when I started my quit, the craves were hourly during the first days, after a couple of weeks the cravings were more circling on a weekly basis, then monthly and now it seems to loop on a yearly basis. These past months have been smooth sailing, but as I approach the 2 year mark, it seems that the craves are hitting hard. Last night I stopped at the gas station and seriously considered purchasing a can, I do not know how I managed not to do it, but I was ready to throw it all away. I went to sleep thinking it will go away like many times, but the thought is still there, as I am writing this, the crave to reach for the can is strong.
    Help guys!!

    1. DDD, brother, you do not need to throw all your hard work away for a cheap thrill. You’ll regret turning back now. Almost 2 years, man…you are DONE with that stuff!
      I can’t recall having urges almost 2 years in to my quit, it’s possible though.
      Look at it this way, you go back now, not only will you regret it after that first taste again, it may be years before you quit again. And think about that 100 day struggle…you want to go through that he’ll again?
      If you really, REALLY want a dip, go grab a Smokey Mountain. I still have a few cans laying around that I will take if I want one. I don’t tell myself no to that fake stuff. But nicotine? Nicotine is a past chapter in my life.
      Stay Strong, Stay Clean!!

      1. Thanks Jayp, I went back to the cry battle we had “This too shall pass”. I took half a day off from work, worked out like a mad man and then took a nap, the craving went away, it is weird how I hadn’t been able to shake it up. It was on me like a tick on a dog. At least on me, I really think, this thing goes in cycles. I am hoping that was the last of the yearly cycle. Thanks for reaching out to me so quickly. This episode made me realize, that the words and knowledge we tell others in here can be used by ourselves, it’s just that they are very far and few now, that it might catch us off guard after being in cruise control for a long time. Again, thanks brother, glad to have you guys on my side, honestly, I don’t know how you and JeffJ did it on your own when we fell off the radar.


        1. Yes sir, “This Too…Shall Pass”…and it always does.
          Always here for consoule.
          I can’t speak for Jeff, but I think for me, I never tried quitting nicotine “cold turkey”. It was a lot of shit to go through, so tough in fact, that I never want to go through it again. I kept (printed off) my 100 days of anguish. I did it to remind myself where I was, should I ever have the urge to turn back. Once I got past 6 months, I beat my last time I quit with the aid of nicorette gum and it became a challenge.
          I don’t know, I just have no interest in returning to my old habit of nicotine. I absolutely know I’m an addict. I learned when I selfishly tried nicotine after 6 months free and spent another 17 years dipping. I threw it all away because I thought I could “take just one”. It doesn’t work like that for me… I know ME now. That part of my life is history.
          As I mentioned, you are not cheating with the fake shit, I’d encourage it if you absolutely want it dip. You won’t like it as much, so I don’t think it will open any old feelings…just something to occupy a memory I guess.
          Anyway, you be good and stay vigilant.
          And to all you new comers, if DDD and I can win the battle(s) of addiction, you can too. Don’t be afraid to kick your habits ass!

          1. Jayp DDD

            We are human. I agree with jayp… I am a addict.. just the thought of a dip kinda makes me sick. My quit and all I went thru will always keep me away from a dip. If something triggers a dip.. I have in my tool chest all
            The tools to crush it, so do u DDD. A kick butt workout and a nap. I think a few years ago you would have wished it was that easy.

            I always remember the first two weeks of my quit.. the fight between the nic bitch and me.. I think of those days if I ever have a trigger. I will
            Admit,,, I don’t have the triggers anymore. I feel as though I never had a dip.


  2. Thought I’d make my mark here as a lot of these comments helped me. Today is day 105 after a 20yr 1-1.25 can of Copenhagen-a-day habit. I had quit once at at 28y/o for a year but was young and resilient then… I picked it back up thinking I was superman, but the second time was much harder due to age. This time I suffered some major bouts with anxiety and huge blood sugar swings to the point I thought I was dying. I could actually feel the attacks coming and could identify them enough to know I didn’t need to call 911.

    Part of what helped me aside from wanting to restore health and general well-being was the sheer cost of chewing. I started in the military like a lot here, and the cost of a log was about what 1.5-2cans cost today in California. So let’s do the math… ONE can of long cut here costs about $8.65 on average… Say 1.125cans/day average X 7days week X 52 weeks = $3550 a year! That’s approximately $41,000 in the last 20 years starting at $2.50 can and adding $1 every 2-3years. Imagine that money invested on the S&P 500 20years ago! I could have paid my mortgage.

  3. Hey guys, just a quick note to say good job for choosing to quit and fighting the good fight. Today, I complete 700 days since I took my last dip, it wasn’t easy, but it is worth it. Being normal, that is living without spitting everywhere, feels weird in the beginning, then it just becomes a way of life. Hang in there guys and girls, I am proud to say I quit with you all today.

    Day 700

    1. Dang that’s awesome. Take pride in what you have done. I had a rough weekend but had a pretty good supportive group. Still sucks but my body really wanted nicotine

  4. Made 4 days today. Looking forward to getting off tobacco completely. Lots of fatigue due to lack of sleep but I haven’t been angry. My wife is being very supportive

    1. Hey Alton, congratulations on your 4th day. The Nicotine takes 3 days to be gone from your body, that is the physical part, now comes the mind games, get ready. You can do this, we are all here for you.

      698 Days

    2. Same. Day #4 today and mainly just very tired and can’t sleep. Just woke up randomly on a Wednesday morning and decided to see if I could quit. It’s hard but not as hard as I thought. I have 4 cans in my truck and a can Smokey mountain fake snuff I bought. Haven’t touched any of them yet

      1. Congratulations on day 4, watch out, the Nic bitch is sneaky like that, makes you think you got it under control, then it freaking hits hard. I, like you, kept my last can around, just for the hell of it. On day 99, hell came to town, I took it and went back to it for 4 years. Chewie, Jayp, JeffJ, Shiva and others in here can testify. Never underestimate your enemy.

      2. DDD is correct, I too kept my last can around, which as DDD points out, is very, VERY ballsy. He too told me how ballsy it was to keep it around. In fact, it took about 4 years before I tossed it out. But mine was kept to remind me of the smirk the store owner gave me, when I bought it on the day I told him I was quitting. It angered me so much that I kept it to remind me that I and only I was going to quit this habit. It worked, but as DDD says, it can absolutely backfire on you. I would take a whiff of it on occasion, but I never ever touched the contents with my fingers again. In fact, as time went on, the smell actually gagged me. So…I can understand keeping that can around if you’re strong enough to use it for only motivation. You KNOW you…if you think for one second you might take a pinch, toss it out NOW! I used mine for motivation and it worked.
        Good luck, great job on 4 days clean…I too uses Smokey Mountain and Triumph zero strength was my favorite. I still take a Smokey Mountain once in a while, 6 years later…but not very often these days. Post your victories here, us veterans want to help!

    1. Yep, that usually happens when you grind your teeth, but to give yourself peace of mind like the rest of us, go and check with a dentist, you will be so happy afterwards. I had to drag myself to the dentist office and I aint gonna lie, I was totally scared, once i found out it was nothing I was super relieved.

      Day 698

      1. My dentist says there is nothing but pain is there….Do mouth pain is common….how much time may it take share some experience please….

        1. We are all different so it is hard to say, pain and swelling are symptoms of underlying causes, but it might be as simple as teeth grinding ( I started using a mouth guard at night) or it could be the pillows that you use (I started sleeping almost sitting up to fight the neck pain and GERD i was getting). I also started eating right and excercising pretty heavily to shift the attention away from aches, pains, and mind games of the quit. If your dentist told you there’s nothing wrong, then I would visit a general practitioners or internal medicine doctor for a more accurate diagnosis. Hope that helps, let us know how you doing.

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