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. Jim B.
    I’ve been a dipper for 37 years. I quit for 6 months about 3 years ago. Went back to dipping. Last summer I quit for 3 months. Now I’ve been off the dip for 10 days. Yes the 3rd day was bad but I’ve been using Jakes mint chew. It’s tobacco free nicotine free. It comes in different flavors & pouches too. Since I’ve been using this it has really helped & I know I will beat this & win. I got my Jakes mint chew at Rural King. I’m sure you can get it at other places or online.

    • Jim B–best of luck to you man. I’ve been off and on for at least 20 plus years (I was actually dip free for 5 years).

      Dipped from 1995-2005; however, since 2011, I’ve started and stopped multiple times, but it’s been tough to stay away for good, and the psychological addiction always seems to catch up with me.

      It’s been 72 hours since I’ve had a pinch–wish me luck this time.

  2. Just found this site. Wow, people in my same situation! I have been chewing Kodiac and grizzly since college. Close to 25 years. I have quit many time (a couple times for over a year) but also seem to “fail” by having either a chew from a buddy or smoking a cigar. Needless to say, after on chew…I am right back at it. I

    I am now feeling very confident with my current quit…haven’t had a chew since Labor Day. Did Chantix for 30 days and 30 days after I “quit”. I am still going strong. Don’t get me wrong…I still have desires but it’s not running my life.

    Can’t wait until I don’t have anymore craving ever! Stay strong everyonenn

  3. Dipping on and off for the last 20 years or more.. I am 43. I now reside in Spain, so it is VERY difficult to find here. Its actually banned in the EU most of it anyway. I am an extreme chewer to say the least. I go through 1-2 tins a day. Have a problem, throw in a chew, bored, throw in a chew, yard work, throw in a chew you guys get it! Now I have to order it and it takes forever to get here. By the time it does I am already through withdrawal – but start all over again, run out – order online – withdrawn, repeat. Now on my 5th re-order (too late already ordered) – and on my last re-chew until Monday when the order comes in. I am almost giving up and saying what the hell – cancer come get me… what a horrible horrible way to live. This is my first post, although i have read many of you’re stories… Not sure what or how to finally do this…

  4. I am from India and have quit chewing Rajnigandha cold turkey on Sept 222nd this year (used to chew it without tobacco most of the time). Just after a week, I got scratchy throat (no pain like sore throat) and after another week, I started feeling my hard palate have tingling/burning sensation (behind upper front teeth) and acidic/rubbery taste in mouth. when I touch my hard palate with my tongue, it feels like sand paper/rough.

    Morning I feel okay, but as the day progresses, It becomes more painful. It has impacted my work and personal life. whenever I talk, the tongue touches the hard palate I get the irritation feeling.

    I went and saw many doctors (Dentist/ENT) but they can not see anything wrong with the palate or mouth. with in this 1 and half months, i got diagnosed with GERD, Hey fever, allergy and what not. I am not sure, if what I am feeling is withdrawal symptoms. Because of all these, i think I have got health anxiety and and when I am too worried, I get very mild tingling sensation in my hand and legs.

    Do you guys think these are withdrawal symptoms and mouth is going through changes? Folks from India who have chewed similar stuff had similar symptoms? Please let me know when can I expect these symptoms to go away?

  5. I failed once approx 6 months ago because I am using. Nicotine gum…
    But this time I passed 1 week . I only take little bit cumin seeds as a mouth fresheners two times a day…
    The most powerful tool is that you should remind your self that you have a strong will power and this time u will be winner.
    2nd thing your mobile wallpaper desktop./laptop wallpaper every where there should be a motive or encouraging picture… Tie some thing on your wrist so that will remind you that it’s enough not again..
    One most important thing PLEASE DONT START ONTHER THING LIKE SMOKE OR DRING. IT AFFECTS YOUR WILL POWER AND YOU CANT STOP.

  6. I am attempting to quit again. Quit for 4 yrs with no issues trying to quit. About 2 wks ago tried to quit and my wife informed me that people in the looney bin act like I do. So I did 3 days without. Stared back up with smaller and less dips in the day. I may need help

  7. I’m on DAY 1…Have stopped before, but never stay stopped. Good luck to all in my same boat

    • I’m on day 4 👏 Guys I’m 47 have been a loyal Copenhagen user since age 15. So I’m telling anyone and everyone, if I can do this you can do this!! I went through a can every 2 days and hardly ever spit. I’m not sure how I don’t have cancer but I’m thankful I don’t. I have also been praying for mental strength and stability during this process. Good luck to everyone!

    • your going to do it this time brother. It’s been 9 months for me. I’m enjoying not getting heartburn anymore. Stay with it brother do it for ur health

  8. After reading these post and watching some videos, I’ve decided to give it a try. I just went to 7/11 and bought two cans, and I just emptied those cans in the trash can. I have seeds available, so let’s do this!

    • Keep battling, I dipped for 45 years well since I was 10 I have quit cold turkey I’m into the 40’s count and life is good. I have been using life savers When I first quit it was going through A big bag a week Now I have been on the same bag for 11 days and counting I am not even half way through it

    • Git after it, Rob. Ice Cold Ass Turkey. No other way. Joining a group will get you through. Good luck and be quit.

  9. I’ve dipped since I’ve been sixteen I finally decided to give it up. I bought niccorette gum to help the craving it helps but I have to ask I’m on day four no chew I can’t afford a doctor right now so here are my symptoms minor sore throat and it looks like I have some small white spots on the side of my tongue is this normal? Btw I’m 36.

  10. So I have been dipping, For about 15 years. 2 cans a day for the past 10 years. I also smoked for 7 years while I dipped as well. I quit smoking cold turkey on March 2 2012, I haven’t smoked since. I quit dipping cold turkey on Oct 27 2017. I have to say I am not really having any problems I will keep updating and letting you know how I feel

  11. I’m currently trying to quit chewing. I’ve been chewing for 8 years and this will be the second time quitting. The first time was pretty easy. This was two years ago. Now that I know the withdrawal symptoms I’m freaking out. I bought a vape to help with the nicotine but I’m not using it much. I also bought coffee pouches to help. I’m scared of letting go of that last dip this was day four of only 3 dips or less. I can’t seem to sleep cause I want a dip. My gums hurt which I don’t understand and I found a white spot on gums but it came off easily so I don’t know what to think. Help guys I feel that I’m going to fail

    • Only advice I can give Chelsy is to DROP the Vape and chew. You’re gonna go thru hell, but it’s the only way to get detached from the junk. It’s not easy, if it were, then we’d all just take a pinch here and there and quit whenever we felt like it. It’s not that easy…and using the Vape is only substituting one habit for another. Just say goodbye to nicotine and hello to life that isn’t dependent on it. This comes from a 30 year user who is going on 4 years clean. There is no other way than absence from nicotine. You got to put on your big boy pants and hunker down. Aim for a 100 days free. If you must have a dip, be sure it’s a nicotine free version. I am a fan of using the fake dip, sunflower seeds and gum. No. More. Nicotine.
      If you’re a believer, a little prayer works. Get out and start exercising (I ran and lifted weights, still do)….drink lots of water….most importantly, stay focused on why you’re quitting…hopefully it’s for yourself.
      Good Luck!
      -JP

      • I agree with dropping the vape, as well. I bought one a few years ago to try and wean myself off the nicotine, but all I ended up doing was dipping less frequently, vaping more, and then getting a bigger buzz from the dip as I lowered my nicotine levels with the vape.
        A few months ago, I ran out of the vape juice stuff, and I put it away somewhere, and honestly can’t remember what I did with it. Who knows. I haven’t missed it. I started only dipping again, probably about three-quarters-of-a-can per day, which was a little less than before. However, 5 days ago, I ran out of cans the same day that I had to have my car towed to a shop for a diagnosis, only to learn it needed about a $1600 fix… so it was going to be a few days for me before I got my car back. Now here I am, 5 days later, going to pick up my car later on today. I have borrowed a car the last few days, but I guess I just took it as a sign… I ran out on the same day that I wasn’t going to be able to go out and buy more. 5 days later, I have the leg jitters every once and a while, a head fogginess right before bed, but I really think I can do it this time. I’m not craving anything, not having the need or want for oral fixation. Been drinking lots of water lately, eating a little healthier, I think i’m gonna try to lose some weight while I’m at it. I know I can.
        Best of luck to you. You can do it too.

  12. Day 1 here and try number 3. Really hoping this will be the time I quit. My mind us going bat shit nuts right nke

  13. 18 hours nicotine free. I’ve dipped the last 7 years, two cans a day for the last 4. Grizzly Wintergreen Longcut. Went and got some patches yesterday. They say it’s for smokers not dipping so I may have got it just to put my mind at ease. The slight headaches for me started this morning. At this point toughest thing for me is going to the bathroom as the first thing I always did was put a dip in before I went. Catching myself patting my pockets before I leave the house to make sure I got a can sucks as a reminder. My head is in a fog today and I craved one pretty bad after I got up this morning. Fought through that, I’m determined to stay free of it. Actually reading some of these posts helped me fight the craving this morning. And the dreams were weird as hell for me last night though that may be the patches too. I always had to have one in the mornings when I got up, while driving, going to the bathroom, mowing the grass, and right after I ate. We’ll see how this goes but I look to be a success story. I didn’t know your mouth healed itself after you stopped so I’m not looking forward to that. Y’all wish me luck, and I feel I will be back in here frequently.

  14. Does anybody know how long it takes the nicotine to leave your body when u quit?…. been dipping for 20 years. I’ve heard 1 week… 2 weeks

  15. Ok so im going on day 4! I haven’t had many withdraw symptom compared to what you all have post. Little if any fog. I did have a temper tantrum end of day 2 but other then that ive felt pretty well. No cravings, feel great, happy about my desicion. Anyone know why? Feel like i should be hating life right now??
    I don’t think i have a addictive personality i just enjoyed dipping. I quit twice in military cause i was made to quit. This time its for me and my heath. Just wondering what you fella think ans why my cravings and symptoms have been minor or nom at all

    • Thanks to this site and reading testimonies in this comment section give me the courage to give it a shot. I dipped for 12 years 1 can to 1 1/2 cans per day. I quit July 13th 2017. It was a struggle but you can do it. I was like you and didn’t experience a lot of things posted above. You’ll be alright just keep grinding. Just be disciplined and tell yourself no. Good luck!

  16. Day 1 everybody hang on this one may get a little rough

  17. I don’t know why I’m quitting but I don’t know why I’m still dipping either. Put a big ole fatty in at 1pm and spit it out at 245. I’ve had 4 opportunities to buy and have passed each time since then. Running my tongue between my cheek and gums all evening. My 9 year old is acting like a teenager, had to call the ex to come take him for a few hours. Could have bought a can and pushed through but didn’t. Good luck everyone.

    • I had only one dip yesterday wich is great for me

    • I hear you there. I don’t have any kids of my own, but I am a senior in college dealing with a ton of exams coming up. Been 5 days since I put one in, then ran out of cans, and decided that I’m just gonna go with it. I think I’m gonna be like Forrest Gump, and “just keep running”. Good luck to you, with the dipping and the kid, Lol.

  18. I’m on day 50. Been dipping for 10 years. I think the hardest part is having your gums repairing itself. Lots of seeds, gum, and water. I have been drinking since I quit and for some reason it has not been hard to resist when I’m drunk. Keep your heads up guys. It does get easier. Take it day by day.

    • The drinking part is hard, I’m the same way. I get a drink or two and crave the nicotine feeling along with it. So in turn , I’m trying to drink less and less. I find something else at night like herbal tea and I’ll try and get out to walk the dog around the block. Sounds crazy I know…herbal tea! Just trying to find a healthy alternative to go to when I get th craving and also looking to drop a few pounds if I can cut back on the booze.

  19. Day 1… FML… this is my third attempt at quitting. I quit smoking a lot of years ago and it was NOTHING like this. It was bad, but this is pure hell.

  20. Anyone else getting pretty consistent reflux after quit? I’m a little past 30 days and have had it for a week or so.

    • Yes Ryan I did the same thing and the burping is bad I am on day 70 it gets better talk to a doctor they can help you good luck

  21. Congrats on the 30 day mark Ryan, what a great start.
    Just wanted to let you know, the anxiety is normal…you will find it common up in down this message board, all of us quitters been through it. I’ve always thought it was the brain rewiring itself, without the aid of nicotine.
    Cancer worries, another form of anxiety. Worrying is the root of anxiety. This is where anxiety starts….and grows, from worrying. Funny how even though the thought of cancer was on my mind when I was using, I continued shoveling that shit in my mouth for over 30 years. I too went to my doctor and ENT early in my quit and they also said I was fine….3 years later and dip free, I am no longer worried about it.
    Keep up the fight, you’re doing great!
    -JP

  22. Just passed 30 days off the stuff. I did long cut moist snuff (Skoal) for just under 20 years. It’s been a brutal 30 days to be honest, primarily from a mental standpoint. I’ve been obsessively worried about mouth cancer and have had bad anxiety. I’ve seen a doc and ENT and they said I was ok, but still worried about the future likelihood of getting oral cancer. My second daughter is due in two months, and that’s probably a driving factor to my stress level haha. I want to be around a long time for them. I’m glad I found this site. It helps to hear others tell their stories. Does the anxiety get better? Am I the only one that worries about cancer, or is it just heightened now because of withdrawals, my pending baby, etc.?

    • Hey Ryan. Good luck with your quit. Mouth Cancer anxiety rules my life some days. I also decided to quit when the 2nd baby cane along. All I can tell you from another high anxiety ex dipper is stay busy and keep your mind elsewhere. If I sit idle too long, I start to worry. Good luck

    • Hey Ryan, day 5 here for me. I’m not going to pretend to answer the question, and say that the anxiety will get better, because that’s really going to be up to you. I haven’t had any anxiety about cancer, I guess because I only dipped for 5 years or so. What’s really keeping me from being so anxious about it, is that I made the right decision to quit. I think you should try to think that same way, if you start feeling anxious about it. We’re doing the right thing by quitting. One day, you might get to think of it as a bragging right, by saying that you successfully overcame addiction. It probably just has a lot to do with the withdraws though, and the stress and other anxiety due to the soon to be coming baby. Best of luck to you, and congratulations on the baby!

  23. I am currently on day 5 of being dip free. I am in my mid-40’s and dipped off and on for a few years in College and really started dipping TOO much (1 can a day of Kodiak) a few years ago after a nasty divorce. I think the Kodiak has cost me more than my final divorce did. LOL! Anyway, I decided to try using Nicorette 2MG mint gum 3 times a day to get the nicotine “fix” and using seeds and regular mint gum and lot of water during the day at work. My Wife is also in the process of quitting smoking, she is vaping for her nicotine fix and the physical act of inhaling something. This has been a rough 5 days, but in the end I know it’s the best thing for ME. You definitely have to do this for you, don’t take it out on family members or any jerk co-workers (that is hard for me to do). Good luck to all and chuck those cans!

  24. I quit over 30 days ago. I ask my doc about Chantix. He told me nicotine is nicotine. For anyone out there is asking. You can use it to stop dipping. I am not going to lie, day 3 was rough once i stopped even with the meds. But I just used sunflowers and gum. Lots and lots of gum to get through it.

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