Oh peridot, expect this to be the new norm. :( I know people who have been recovering from addiction for decades and STILL have the effect in their thinking. I know it too!!! As a former smoker, I can assure you - it gets better. Wisdom and strength get stronger. The demon gets weaker. "One day at a time" is not a silly chant. Never give in, or you will truly regret it as you start your battle all over again. Stay strong! Congratulations!
I quit for two years. Did pretty well. Got to the point where I really did not think about it. Until, I became really stressed and went right back. I know people who have not smoked for years and do not miss it. Others, do. Everyone is different. Good luck. Wish I had not started again.
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Everyone has a part of their brain that controls addiction. When someone becomes addicted to something (ex: smoking/tabacco/cigaretts) they develope a sort of routine triggered by that bit of their brain that kept them abusing the addiction in the first place. You don't miss "smocking" as much as your brain misses the routine of it. You'll always have that bit of addiction, you just have the self control to ignore it. Congratz on quitting! Hope that helped in all its jibberish :)
You are over the physical not the mental. You formed a lot of mental associations and you will have to think of what those are and make new ones. Change your habits in 21 days right? Replace unhealthy with something healthy. I find some associations are very self defeating so lift yourself up :-)
It's probably because you said it was against your will. If you didn't decide to do it yourself then it's even harder, I would think. It also depends on how long you smoked. If it was a long time, then it was something you were used to doing and now that part of your life is gone (which is really a good thing anyway). You are probably going to have moments here and there wanting a ciggie or just thinking about it...it's natural. You just have to keep strong...know why you HAD to quit in the first place and go on with your life. I quit in November and I'm not going to lie, every so often I'll feel like I wouldn't mind having one (especially when I get stressed over certain things), but I know better. I smoked for over ten years (bleh) and it was a habit. You just have to envision your life as it was before you started...that's what I do. I just try to pretend like I never did it before...at all. (Also, keep reminding yourself the positives of not going back there.)