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

3,782 Comments

  1. Day 402

    Didn’t even realize I am now into 4th floor :). I forgot amidst all these lockdowns.. How is everyone?

    1. Good job shiva! We are locked down here in southern Cali: so far so good.

      Congratulations on the 4 th floor!

      I wish they didn’t shut down the golf courses!

      Everyone be safe !

      Jeffj

        1. I am thankful in these crazy times to have a boat and to be able to get out on the water and enjoy some fishing down here in Florida because all the golf courses are closed. Hope y’all are doing well. Day 48 for me.

    2. Staying safe and away Shiva, hope you are safe too!
      Congrats on the 4th floor, keep climbing them stairs…it’s strange, time just gets away from you the further you get away from that terrible habit.
      Take care and Stay Safe!
      -JP
      07-15-14

    3. Hey Shiva! glad you doing good and congrats on reaching the 4th floor. Jeff and JayP, always a pleasure gentlemen. We all working from home in Texas, heck they even removed the hoops from the basketball courts over here for social distancing. The golf courses are getting green since it’s been raining for the last couple of weeks.Cabin fever hasn’t set in, but who knows how long people will be able to handle it. Stay healthy guys.

      DDD
      10-22-2018

      1. Good hearing from you DDD. Same here, I’ve been going to my office a couple hours, a few days a week. I’ve been staying home, working on the car, house and just staying close with the family. I’m hoping this shot passes soon. It’s just terrible what it’s doing to the world.
        Be safe everyone, stay quit and Pray for an end soon?
        ✌️
        -JP
        07-15-14

        1. Thank you everyone. I am extremely glad to see you folks posting. My country is in a state of curfew for the last 2 weeks and will continue to be at least for next 10 days or so. Not more than one family member is allowed to go outside for buying essentials and that too within a small radius from home during a short interval of time :(. Take care everyone. Please be safe.

    4. Congrats Shiva on the 4 th floor I’ll be on the 3rd in a few days. I have a question for you vets. I have recently been feeling pretty down last week was rough and I ended up going to my primary care for a checkup ( first one since I’ve quit ) I told him about it and got to talking about my anxiety. He gave me some stuff to try and help manage it. I’m kinda apprehensive to take but I have been taking it for the last few days. Just feel super tired and lethargic. What’s your guys opinions on these things ? Did any of
      You take anything like that ?

      1. BigD,
        I didn’t take them during my quit, but did before I quit, for almost a year. When I quit, I felt it again (anxiety) thought it was coming back, but it was just short termed and only was “spotty” from then on. I’d say the first 100-200 days, were my toughest days. After that, I could manage any symptoms pretty well. I got on meds about a year before I quit Nicotine. I read a lot about anxiety and other mental ailments. I found a book called “at last a life” (poorly written) that I say was my break thru and started me on the road of getting away from the meds, weight loss and ultimately, free from nicotine.
        What I can tell you, there is absolutely nothing wrong with medication. I was in a bad place and needed a crutch. I can also tell you, is that something that may work for me, may not for you. They ALL make you tired….and zoned out. I think they are designed to REALLY calm you down. I stopped and started 4-5 different ones before finding a fit.
        I’m not a doctor so take my advice with a grain of sand. But don’t shy away from the meds, even if in just in the short term, if you need some help. You need a healthy mentality to be physically strong 👍
        Take care, be safe and stay quit!
        -JP
        7-14-15

        1. Thanks a lot BigD.
          I had major issues with anxiety. If you look into my past posts, you’ll see anxiety and depression were wreaking havoc. The first 30-60 days were horrible. Never want to go back. I realized I always had anxiety issues and I masked it to an extent with nicotine.
          Depression was much better after 100 days (now I have none) but still had issues with anxiety even well past 300. What I noticed is though the frequency and intensity of the episodes gradually diminished after 100 days. It might be difficult to see it on a daily basis but let’s say if I compared it from 100 days to 200 days there was a lot of difference. Even now I get some minor episodes but it takes a lot more to rile up me and I have a better handle. Sometime around 70-80 days into my quit, my wife and I decided I need medical help and was about to book an appointment. Somehow, it never happened and after that I didn’t take any medications. I came here and posted a lot. In some ways, seeing reassurances from my friends here helped me big time.
          But as JayP said, there is no harm in taking consulting a doctor and take the right help.
          One thing for sure, when I look back, I clearly realize I had lot of anxiety issues when I use to dip and smoke and I took nicotine to mask them. I no longer have them and it is very very rare for me now.

          Good luck and stay safe, BigD

          — Shiva

  2. Hi everyone Day 53, and it was a bad one. Heart palpitations all day, head fog. and then the worry about the fist two things. I play the game in my head is this because of the quit? Am I using the quit as an excuse to ignore something bigger that is wrong? and then that vicious cycle spirals and that doesn’t help at all. I sat here and read through everyone’s posts over the last few months and that does help. Stay strong, we can all get through this

    1. Greg
      Hang in there, I know I had some anxiety, and reading past posts. Other did also. It’s part of the journey. The fog and anxiety will go away, takes some time, just keep going forward.

      Go for walks.. that will help

      Good luck. Keep going!!

      Jeffj
      8-14-14

    2. Jeff is absolutely correct Greg, the early part of the quit is chucked full of ups and downs. Hang in there, it DOES get better. Go for walks, runs, lift some weights, try staying away from the junk food (I know it’s hard). Water is another friend, drink lots of it. Flush that junk out of your system. If oral fixation is an issue, don’t shy from some gum, sunflower seeds and a some non-nicotine dip. There are plenty of tools to get you through it. Keep at it, show yourself who’s in charge!
      Good luck and post your victories daily!
      -JP
      07-15-14

    3. Hey Greg listen to these 2 guys, they been quit for a long time, I started with them and caved in, but when i came back they coached me pretty good. I am now a year and a half quit thanks to them and others in here, but the biggest battle i had to fight for myself. Like us you can do it and you will do it. Don’t let the little nuisances of the beginning get you down. Stay Healthy.

      10-22-2018

      1. Greg – pretty much normal. It was brutal for me between days 35-days 70. It does get better. I had lots of issues with anxieties but I am doing much better now. I am day 402

  3. Day 2 going on… To many real life problems going on because of my abnormal behavior…. Im really suffering very badly…. I already fight with my owner may I will lost this job also… I don’t have one penny … I’m never going to quite again……

  4. Hello all!

    Hope everyone is safe and doing well health wise and on your quit. During these stressful times, it would be easy to give up our quit wouldn’t it? Think of yourself as a sword. You are fine in peace times, just living day by day complaining about the little things and hanging out inside the sheath, but during war you are tested to the limit. This is our war, not only to the outside elements, but also the formidable stress inside of us. This is the time to show yourself what you are made of. The master swordsmith that created you with fire used the best elements and techniques because he knew there would be times like this. Keep fighting the good battle.

    Sincerely
    DDD
    Day 520
    Oct-22-2018

        1. Yes senior, I am still on quit, it’s now or never. This time I am not gonna give up. Last time when I tried to quit , I didn’t chew for 50 days but then one dip and then started again ☹️

    1. Hello sudhir, welcome to this community. You did well ! Congratulations man . Way to go.
      I had my second dip dream last night.

      Vishal
      March 01/2020

  5. Hey every just checking in today is 279 for me. I feel like I’m still grinding it out odaat, is everyday miserable !? No not everyday but I will say it feels like most days have been pretty shitty since around 200+ ish. Did anyone experience this long into the upper 200s ? You guys have helped me so much reading these posts and stuff. As cal has said some people feel great after 50,100,200.. I however feel better than earlier in the quit but some days are still just shit. Just didn’t know if any of you other dudes experienced it up here? Hope everyone is well

    1. BidDiesel,
      Congrats at 279! Odaat is the only way to freedom, keep on keeping on. Me personally, I think around 250ish things really calmed down…for me..I see others who are still battling things where you’re at. So everyone isn’t the same. Eventually (and maybe you’re there), most days become better than others, instead of “some”.
      Keep at it, you’re killing it!
      -JP
      07-15-14

  6. How long did everyone have a sore throat? I’m about 5 weeks into my quit. and I recently have started getting a sore throat. It could have nothing to do with quitting but I was curious. Also my tongue has a sore/kinda funny feeling to it anyone else have that?

    1. I had a sore throat/ mouth for about 2 months ish then it started to go away. Remember you’re body is rebalancing without dip.

    2. Hey Greg,
      No,I personally didn’t have the sore throat/tongue….but I have seen a few out here with similar complaints. Like I’ve told others, we are all different and experience different things…for different periods of time. This site has so much good info for people quitting…it was my library during the first 3-400 days of my quit.
      If things get too rough,go see a doctor. We’re out here sharing symptoms but can’t diagnose symptoms. I’d say what you’re dealing with IS something others have had (not myself) and part of the long list of symptoms associated with the quit.
      Hang in there and keep at it!
      -JP
      07-15-14

    3. Hey Greg – I had sore throat and tongue issues for weeks into my quit. Couple that with what I refer to as ‘crawling jaw’ where my jaw was tingling and felt like it was going to crawl off my face and I was a wreck. The good news is ALL of that goes away with time – keep fighting!

      1. All of you thank you very much for the replies. It helps to learn from people that have experienced it first hand.

  7. 1 Year and 14 Days

    Hello folks,

    It’s been quite a few weeks of hectic work and travel and couldn’t get much time to post. At least no more travels with COVID. I just came back y’day and have to wait and watch if I am developing any symptoms. Hope I do alright.
    JeffJ, DDD, JayP, Cal, Carey – Hope all of you folks are doing good. I am just catching up on old posts and see you veterans are helping out the newbies a lot.. Wonderful. Will do my bit in the next few days.

    Some strange pangs are coming may be once in a week or so. Otherwise I am doing pretty good.

    Shiva

    1. Shiva. Good job. Put it on cruise control Nd don’t look back.
      Hope everyone is hanging in there with the virus, here in southern Cali, pretty much lock down, but it does give me time to work on the classic car, my yard and some other jobs the wife gives me. Only reason I mention a few of these as. … in the past. All triggers for a dip. Now it’s not on my mi nd.

      New quitters. Keep the fight.. don’t give up and you will win

      Everyone be safe. Take care
      Jeffj
      8-14-14

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