There's never a good time
July 4, 2014 10:49 AM Subscribe
I moved and can no longer use the strategies that have helped me get through writing, for ages. I have a lot to do just now but am not in the headspace to change. This is about the regular tabacky. What's as good as nicotine for writing, and similar in use factors?
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I've quit for extended periods in the past using the patch/gum combo -- a lot of gum, lockjaw levels. Emotional stuff got me back into it. Most of the triggering problems aren't so relevant at the moment, but who knows. Anyway, I've been stuck in it again for some time.
I find the smell of my hair, clothes and space revolting. I'm ashamed of smoking; I hide behind dumpsters to puff in public, and wither when kids and families pass me. Which is right, ultimately that whole experience serves the public good. I hate everything about it except the hit, calm and focus I get from cigarettes.
Basically, I'm heavily addicted, and I know getting out of it either means psyching yourself up with heavy mental prep (Carr), or a sudden 'decision' that sort of just happens, and I'm not there for the first and can't predict the second. Also, the nicotine-reliant borg I have become needs it to write, which only really happens when I chain it (1.5 packs a day then, easily).
Is it even possible to pretend it's not 2014? Are there people here who've recently used nicotine in this way, and found substitutes that are specifically good at supporting concentrated work? Bonus points if suggestions involve an oral component -- that's a big part of it as well, and I'll eat the house bare in no time otherwise.
Constraints: I can't do impact aerobic activities beyond walking. Champix/Chantix and related are not options. Gum's ok, but kind of sickening after a while and messy (plus, lockjaw - it comes down to WADS of gum, wads).
E-cigarettes seem finicky and annoying, but I'd try them if there's a kind that's hassle-free and does the job. I just want to be able to write and not kill people or eat everyone's everything. Hopefully, the real quit will come along soon.