I always wanted to be here since the first time I thought I needed to quit dipping. It has been 19 days without a dip and mentallly I am proud of myself. My mother wanted me to quit for years, even told her I did a couple of times but those were just lies. My Mom died of cancer in '98. She had quit smoking tens years prior. One of the last days she was alive she made me promise to quit and I did, again, promise to quit, only it took me 12 years to full fill it.
I wouldn't even quit for the love of my life. My wife made me promise to quit before we got married and I did. On our honeymoon to Costa Rica I made sure I was well supplied for the week long journey. I have hid my addiction before but never to this extent. Six years later I am fullfilling that promise.
Here are the two most important people in my life and I can't stop for them. Had snuff been so important in my life that I would flat out lie to the most special and loved people in my life? Yes. I could go without eating longer than taking a dip. I literaly planned all of my events around snuff. I am a dipping logistics master. From making sure I had enough snuff on hand to proper spit disposal. And yes I could be discrete or "ninja". My dipping never left tracks on the rice paper. But these last few years ever time I took another pinch I knew deep inside after 23 years it was time to stop lying.
How long does it take for the initial serious cravings to wear off? A week? Two weeks? More? When is the withdrawal over and you crave it, but it's easier to fight off the cravings. Hopefully somebody will get back to me.
Yesterday was my first day with no dip in a loooong time. The worst part was falling asleep. I was exhausted at about 6pm. I went to bed around 10, and Could not fall asleep until 3am. I kept wanting to get up and chew some gum to get rid of the craving, but I resisted. Worst night of sleep ever, but today I feel good. I did not think I could get through the first day, but I did with only minor bumps in the road. I guess this thing is a day to day kind of deal.
I've been wanting to do this for a while. I almost started yesterday with no aid. I started dipping twice only to spit once then feel guilty and kick the lip. Last night from 9:02pm-10:15pm I had my last dip up to now. It was perfect. It was juicy. It was a good one to go out on. Today I've been wanting to dip so bad. Instead I took all my spitters and my 4 tins of new dip and threw them in the trash. I ran a 5K today on the treadmill since there's 2-3 feet of snow on the ground. I think I can do this because my motivation is fear of health. I have not drank since the Super Bowl (3 nights), and do not plan to drink tonight. Usually I'll drink 4 to 5 times a week. Not heavily. Few beers here, few there, with the occassional binge of getting good old drunk. I'm going to try to limit myself to 1 night of drinking a week because when I drink, I LOVE dipping. Your mouth is already juicy and prime for the perfect wad of the anticipated first spit. That first spit tells you how enjoyable that lips going to be. But, I digress. Maybe I'm going crazy. I just miss packing lips, but my motivation is saving me today. My real test will be the first night I decide to drink again. 99 more days until I get into the Hall of Fame.
Well, I've been battling with dipping for quite some time. On March 15, 2009 I gave my life to Christ and accepted the gift of salvation. Up until this point I had been "battling" an alchohol problem. I put battling under quotations because the battle was a front for keeping my family and friends off of my back. In my new found life in Christ I was accepting of the fact that my drinking and lifestyle needed to change. One thing that I wasn't ready to give up was my skoal.
A month or so after my salvation I was in a friends wedding. They had an open bar and I couldn't resist the temptation of the alchohol. I started attending Celebrate Recovery at our church to help me overcome my addiction. I hadn't planned on falling. I thought I could beat the stuff on my own. Man, was I wrong! Even after surrendering it to God I still couldn't seem to beat the problem. With the help and prayers of my friends at CR the battle with alchohol has been won!!!!!
Now to address the other issue. Dipping. I grew up farming black angus. I started chewing when I was 11 and started dipping when I was 12-13. I'm 27 now and I WANT to quit. After accepting Christ I took the one thing at a time approach. First I'd take care of the drinking then I would move on to the dipping. Well as I began round one with dipping I didn't really do it because I wanted to. I did it because I was expected to. By this point I was so overwhelmed at the severity of my drinking problem that I just needed a break battling addictions.
Needless to say, I failed within the first 48 hours. The next time came after I got engaged. We had discussed my problem and she was full of support and encouragement. I did my best this time. I wanted to quit this time. For her, for us, for me.
At this point I had a ton of support and encouragement but nobody really knew how hard addictions are to break. I went for about 2 weeks before I caved in. That was back in October. In January I went on a college & career retreat with our church. Naturally there wasn't suppose to be any tobacco of any kind on this trip. The times where I could sneak one in were few and far between. But I squeeked through the weekend. Then last night, February 7, 2009, I saw the true power of prayer. A young man that we had been praying for for a long time gave his life to Christ. Seeing the power of God made me think. Is this really what I want? I'm sure that being seen with a dip in by someone that you just shared your testimony to and witnessed to really makes them want to come to the Lord.
So I am here for support and to encourage others in the fight against this stuff. As well as get the encouragement and support I need to win my fight.
I'M ON MY 37TH DAY BOYZ OF A 34 YEAR COPENHAGEN SNUFF HABIT. MAN MY HEAD HURTS, MY MOUTH HURTS,THERE ARE DAYS THAT I FEEL LIKE I COULD RIP MY SKIN OFF WITH MY OWN HANDS. . . . .FUNNY THING IS IM SHAKEN SO BAD SOME TIMES I COULDNT DO IT IF I WANTED. . . TOUGHEST THING I"VE EVER DONE. I RUN IN THE MORNING 3 MILES A DAY AND I THINK . . . . . LORD ONE MORE, JUST GIVE ME ONE MORE, AND HE DOES AND I REGRET IT. . . SOMETIMES. THERE ARE GOOD DAYS DONT GET ME WRONG BUT THERE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN. MY TEMPER WASNT ALL THAT GREAT TO BEGIN WITH. . . NOW. . . WELL LETS JUST SAY EVEN THE DOG IS KEEPN HIS DISTANCE. 37 DAYS . . . . 37 DAYS . . . ONE DAY AT A TIME RIGHT. I'VE COME TO LOVE THE BITE OF THE COLD IN THE MORNING AT 7200 PLUS FEET AS I RUN . . . . ITS CALMING, QUIET,CRISP,COLD. . . EVEN THE DOG LIKES ME AT THIS TIME OF THE DAY. ITS ENOUGH TO GET ME TO THE NEXT MORNING TO SEE IF IT GETS ANY BETTER. THERES A DIFFERANCE BETWEEN BUFF AND TOUGH BOYS . . . . . STAY WITH IT . TALK TO YOU SOON.
So I've been dippin grizzly for about 3 years now. I finally had the sack to quit after coming to this site for Tue second time in about 2 months. This time I really wanted to quit cause I'm only 18 and didn't want to get cancer and die young. Man am I glad I did. Really. It's been about 2 weeks now and I've gotten past the withdrawls, the dip rage, the oh maybe next week I've got too much goin on to try and function without dip, and all the other lame excuses we make just to keep dippin. I feel a million times better already. My smile is going back to being straight again, no more lies, I CAN TASTE MY FOOD! If this is one thing to motivate you let it be that. It's incredible being genuinely hungry again and really being able to sit down and have a delicious meal without getting sores caught in between your teeth while chewing it up and barely being able to swallow. I feel so much better all around its quite remarkable. Quitting is one hundred percent worth it. No matter how many times you've said ill get around to it eventually, put it down now. If you have a dip in right now and are reading this (which I did when I decided to quit) take it out. Take a good long look at yourself and say am I really going to let this control me? Am I really going to let myself die from this? And let it go. Turn your back on dip and never look back. Not one time no matter how bad you want It. The rewards truly outshine the consequences. Embark on a journey back to your old self and embrace every single aspect of quitting as you restore your body back to its original form. You will notice the differences as I did and be much happier with your'e life
Well today is day number one. i have been dipping hard core for a solid two years. i have to quit now before i get to hooked. i tried last week and failed. i had my last official dip yesterday. i have tried numerous times but im ready to be done with this. im no longer going to be a slave to the can. we will get through this. we will prevail.