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Ready to take the plunge.....

Hi! Just found this site tonight and I'm pretty happy about it! Tomorrow I'm going to begin sampling some of the tobacco free, nicotine free dip that I can find and begin phasing out my beloved Grizzly! I began dipping in elementary school. Third grade maybe? I didn't dip much back then, but in Junior High it became a full-time thing and continued in to college. I quit three times in my twenties for extended periods of a year or so, but always fell back in with just one more. Now I know, no "jus

msw523

msw523

 

Getting ready to quit

Little background info, 20 years old, chewing since i was 15. College student wanting to quit the habit. Never really tried before, slowed down before but i haven't gone a day with out chew since i started. Planning on stopping this weekend, got a crap load of exams and am already stressed out as it is. Planning on blogging once a day when i quit.

gtrain

gtrain

 

day 2

...better today. Cravings weren;t as intense or the muddled brain so well muddled. It was interesting seeing my brain go through its' addiction dance today. Reaching for the tin when it wasn;t there. Off work and automatically thinking of the corner store to get my can of dip for the night. The whole routine of the addiction. I didn;t realize how hard it was ingrained in me. Well I probably just forgot from then last time I tried quit. I'm doing things a bit different this time around. I'm here

jmswannabe

jmswannabe

 

day one

I quit again today. But I've quit before. I've sort of lost count since 2004 how many times when I first tried to stop my 40 year habit split equally between cigarettes and the last 20 years with Skoal. I think this is shot number 6? They say it takes an average of 7 times to come clean so maybe this is my time? Pick your cancer I used to laughingly say to smokers' who would chastise me! Lung or Lip?. The lesser of two evils! Smart guy I am I switched to the much "safer" chew about 20 years ag

jmswannabe

jmswannabe

 

Day 3 and living the "Big Suck"

So day 3 and I'm still in a fog, can't focus, bored and overall miserable. Just about what I recalled from the last time I quit. The fog has lifted enough for me to do some back checking of my previous quit. As I stated before, I started when I was 18 in college and had that sense of invincibility. I was pretty much a full time Copenhagen addict. I went through the stages of hidding it from my family and I always slipped, they found out, we yelled, I promised to give it up but never did. I

Headcase

Headcase

 

Day 1 and time to do it again

Typical story. Started at age 18 in college. Up to 1-2 tins of cope a day for 24 years. Got a scare in 2002 (need to check my facts) and found this site back then. Used the power of the community to kick the habit and was chew free for several years. Felt great and got my life back. Then wham, out of the blue had a bad incident that so pissed me off that I stopped and picked up a tin to calm me down. After that I was back on the dirt. Been chewing more than ever last couple years. When

Headcase

Headcase

 

Day 10 - And all is well - except for the nagging.

After 10 days, I thought for sure that the nag of dip would be off of my mind, but it is not.   I guess a great deal of determination is required to quit a 30+ year habit.   I truly believe that there is a great deal more to this addiction then just nicotine. I am not sure what else is in Copenhagen, but this addiction can not be nicotine alone.   Just another reason to quit   >>>>>Sgt_Phil really wanting a dip, but not for the nicotine.

Sgt_Phil

Sgt_Phil

 

I am so weak

19 years on this wonderful stuff and I can't imagine life without it. Yes I did the New Years resolution, this time "Cold Turkey" no patches or medication. 1st day went to bed at 6:30 PM "miserable", 2nd day I was terrible to be around. Yelling at the wife and kids, no patience. Ended up going to the gas station at 7PM and life was back to normal.   It's funny, but when I look back at this relationship I have had with nicotine I don't remember being such a slave to it. It has been a gradu

JJohnson19

JJohnson19

 

Day 5 - One Bad Fragging DAY!

Today has been the first day that I have truly experienced the 'bad affects' of quitting Copenhagen.   Like a frakking insidious demon, my dip addiction was waiting for just the right day to kick me in the fakking nutz, and today was that day.   Strange, being new years eve, I am very busy with party preparations. Wifey Pooh and myself have been shopping and doing positive things to keep my mind off of dip.   But sure as hell, this damn dip has chosen to attack me on this afternoon while

Sgt_Phil

Sgt_Phil

 

The Fog of Quinine

Even though I am very early into this quit, I have the false sense that I am doing very well.   All of the symptoms of quitting have been very minor for me this go around. The worst side affect so far has been sore cheeks and gums from all of the Jolly Ranchers I have been consuming.   On day 2, the fog was kind of thick but almost non-existent on day 3. As I began my commute to work on day 4, the fog began to roll in on me again. I had to try extra hard to stay focused on my driving.  

Sgt_Phil

Sgt_Phil

 

Why bother eating?

It's nice to have a place to rant and spew brain vomit over the topic of quitting the dip.   Just for perspective, I am 44 years old, and I have been dipping Copenhagen sense I was in 6th grade. How old would that have made me? 11? or 12?   I must have tried quitting Copenhagen a thousand times. Each time, I had devised a new strategy that would seem to work at first, but I always found myself back on the Cope.   I am day 3 into this new journey. On day 1 of my journey, I stumbled acros

Sgt_Phil

Sgt_Phil

 

Climbing the mountain - with no top

It has now been 27 days since I Quit.   I still feel small changes to my body daily. I have also started a diet at the same time, but this is causing me two types of cravings. For some reason this seems to help, because I am in a struggle with both the food and the Dip addiction.   My teeth are starting to hurt again, which was one of the excuses I used to "give in" back in April (was still on Nicotine patches and candies so it was not much of a Quit). I will not back down this time; I will

Colin27

Colin27

 

I'm 16 and I chew...Help Please.

Hello everyone, I just signed up and well as that title says I am 16 years old and I chew usually a can a day. I need to stop last week I broke two teeth by eating pie. And well I have high blood pressure stage hypertension 2. I have chewed on and off since I was about 13 and the last year I have chewed full time a can a day. My parents well my dad doesn't know I chew and my mom does and she is disappointed but doesn't want to tell my father. Please don't bash my parents or anything I just want

ThatCountryBoy

ThatCountryBoy

 

Just Quit

I have been using Skoal, Red Seal for 41 years and decided that it was time to quit. WOW...what a hold. I am mad at my wife, everyone around me and do not enjoy the buzzy inside feeling that I am having. I am pressing forward though. I was told at the end of 3 days the physical addiction is over, that is a lie, I still have to purposely quit or I won't. I feel bad for my wife though, she hasn't done anything but love me, I will complete this journey, Just not sure when it will start to get bette

revice

revice

 

Lack of motivation? No.

I have caved during my last several attempts at quitting this nic bitch. Each time I come on here and say this is it, I'm quitting for good this time, promise. Then I cave. I think about what all it takes to quit...motivation check, want-to check, support check, and so on.   Motivation... My mouth hurts, my teeth are yellow, and so on. Partly because of chewing, I quit taking care of myself. I'm only 25 and I've aged like milk. Two weeks ago I ended up in the ER with a blood clot in my

TrevorLee

TrevorLee

 

Struggles with Work and no Dip

For 11 years I have sat at a desk typing on a PC and answering phones with dip in my mouth.   I find that work and late at night are causing me the most difficulty. I thought it would be the morning and always putting dip in my mouth first thing, but that has not been a problem.   God is greater then I am and I give this up to God - God is greater than my addiction and my desire to put dip in my mouth. With God at my side I will not fail.   It is amazing how much that helps....deep brea

Colin27

Colin27

 

Donate and Help everyone Quit

I was told that $2/month from all of us members could cover chat. Since I suspect most of us are saving well over $4/day, this should not be a problem.   Please choose to contribute: http://www.quitsmoke...id=33&Itemid=43   See my recent entries to the right on why this is important to me and how the experiance has gone

Colin27

Colin27

 

Happy Thanksgiving.... Really????

What a couple of days. I was on cruise control until we decided to go to my parents house for Thanksgiving. Can we just say that 6 adults and five children under the age of 6 are just way too much for a 3 bedroom house?   After being at the house for 30 minutes I begged my wife to hide the car keys. I knew that if I found those keys it was off to the land of Copenhagen dreams. I was so tense and short tempered that I thought I was going nuts. Combine my emotions with the fact that I feel

RayJ

RayJ

 

How was day 7 and 8?

Day 7 – Thanksgiving day – I felt very thankful for this site and the people who reached out to check in on my! I am also getting to a place I can be more concerned about others too. My head is still cloudy, but at least this is the one day of my diet I can eat anything I want. Generally a great time with the kids and wife – first time we have done this at home. While I am feeling positive, I do have to take a couple of breaks to fight off the emotional energy. Later at night get a number o

Colin27

Colin27

 

Days 5 & 6

Day 5 started off crazy - had a 7AM meeting for the health check part of life insurance plan and the nurse could not find my veins, after sticking my three times and moving the needle all around trying to find the vein - all this after being 30 min late and bringing her 10 year old boy to a confidential medical exam. I ended up being overly reasonable because I knew I could not trust my emotional reaction. Ran a bunch of errands and did roll-call once I got home. Every little thing that "goes wr

Colin27

Colin27

 

First three days + Day 4

I have heard that these three days are the hardest because you are overcoming the physical addiction.   Day 1 was very difficult, it was a Friday and I had to work all day. I felt light headed and kept getting pins and needles feeling like I didn't have circulation to my feet, or stomach or head or arms - the feeling kept moving around. Felt light headed. Did some text messaging and emails with people from this site. This really helped me get through. Day 1 is done - I Quit - No Tobacco all da

Colin27

Colin27

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