It has been many years since I’ve been here and things have changed. I thought I would check back in and give an update.
I ran across this site in 2002 when I was about 1 week into quitting Skoal Straight Long Cut. My quit date was August 10th, 2002. I had tried to quit many times before and failed. But something was different this time, and I stuck to it. I made it to 100 days and posted an HOF speech. I made it past 200 days and was going strong. But it was about this time that I decided I had totally beaten the addiction and that I was safe. I don’t even recall what the trigger was, but I decided that I would buy a can of Skoal and have just 1 dip. So I did. I bought the can, took 1 dip and threw the rest of the can away. The only problem was, the next day I decided I would do it again. You know the rest of the story. This lead to 5 more years of dipping Skoal.
On September 30th, 2007 I quit again. This time I knew that no matter what, I could never take another dip. I knew another dip could be a death sentence. So a few weeks ago, I had my 6th anniversary of being dip free. However, since the thought of dipping never crosses my mind, I just realized tonight that I had had another anniversary.
So I just want to say good luck to you guys who are struggling tonight to make it another day without dipping. You can do it. I know it’s hard, but it is worth it. Stay with it long enough and there will come a day when the thought of dipping never even enters your mind. Also, learn from my mistake and don’t ever think that you've beaten it and it’s safe to take just 1 dip.
So don’t dip today, and don’t dip tomorrow. Before you know it, you will be celebrating 6 years of being dip free.