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 387
    Today we got our first freeze, traffic is a mess, our illustrious state and city governments do not have winter budgets like other states, so a little freeze grinds our cities to a halt. Anyway, good to have a break from the hellacious summers down here in the south.
    Just wanted to say, hello to everyone and make sure you all are still quit, for those of you just starting, keep going, it does get better. Jayp called me a Pro already, feels kind of good really. A year and 22 days. Not too bad, but now looking forward to the 400 day mark.
    Shiva, how are you liking your motorcycle? JeffJ, have you finished working on your classic car? Cal, you said you had a new addition to the family, how’s that going? Hope to hear good news everyone.
    Take care.

    • DDD. It’s 75 and clear here, went golfing today ( sorry jayp) but this is the best time of the year. Perfect t weather

      I will never finish my Laguna s-3. It’s a labor of love. It’s ready for paint so time to save up.

      Next week I go to beautiful Cincinnati. Cold. Weather for a few days. The get back to southern Cali

      You boys take care and keep the fight going

      Shiva. Mail call

      To my Marine brothers sunday was the Marine Corp b day. Semper fi to my Marine brothers

      Jeffj
      8-14-14

      • 19 degrees an about 9 inches of snow in Michigan….so enjoy that 70 degree weather Jeff. Cincinnati shouldn’t be bad, I hear they still get a lot of the gulf stream in that city. Safe travels.
        Good seeing both you and DDD out here….by the way, DDD, you made it back, and are now over a year quit …I’d definitely put you in veteran status. Keep up the good work👍
        -JP
        07-15-14

  2. Today marks 6 weeks without a dip, I’m 23 years old and have dipped for a little over 7 years, I’ve been reading some of the comments and they have helped. I don’t have the craving for a dip, it’s just the anxiety/depression that’s the hard part. I have my good days and my bad days. But when there bad, there pretty bad. Any suggestions?

    • Hi Brick, I was the same. I’m just past 7 months now. No cravings, just symptoms, mostly anxiety/depression just like you. There were other symptoms, but the most bothersome were the two mentioned. It does get better, and I know that is easier said than done. When I had anxiety/depression I thought it would never go away, but it will. It will come in waives, and sooner or later the good days will far outweigh the bad. Hang in there and let it take it’s course. Try exercising, it really helped me. Good luck.

  3. Hey Tim, Welcome.
    It ain’t easy, but it’s not impossible. Just stick with it and take it one day at a time. There is life without Dip.
    I am on day 382, but i started just like you and all the others in here.
    Hang in there and tell us about your journey.

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