What To Do If You Slip
What to Do if You Slip
Consider a slip as just one mistake. Think about why you slipped and regain control by revisiting your plan. Remember that quitting smoking can be difficult and it takes full commitment for you to be successful.
Common Causes of Slips
When you’re quitting smoking, it’s natural to experience a slip from time to time. Most slips happen within 1 day of quitting, but it’s not unusual for slips to occur one week, two weeks, one month or three months without tobacco. It’s a good idea to be prepared for slips by understanding your triggers so you can anticipate when you may have a craving. Refer to your craving action plan so you are prepared to take steps in case you are tempted to smoke.
Generally speaking slips are related to a number of factors that you may experience as part of the transition to achieving a smoke-free life. Consider the following situations as common causes of slips.
- Social celebrations
- Withdrawal symptoms
- Alcohol consumption
- Weight gain
- Habit triggers (e.g., telephone calls, morning coffee, etc.)
- Nicotine dependency
- Social pressure
- Negative emotional state
- Expectation of failure
- Stressful events (real or anticipated)
- Craving for tobacco
- Lack of motivation to quit
- Lack of a plan for how to quit
Stay focused and keep in mind that soon you will be smoke-free. If you start smoking again, don’t give up. Slips are a chance to learn, not to give up – keep trying!
What to Do If You Relapse
There are many things you can do if you relapse.But if there is one single, most important thing to remember about relapse it is what NOT to do: get down on yourself or discouraged.
When you quit smoking, your risk of stroke decreases steadily. Former smokers have the same stroke risk as nonsmokers after 5 to 15 years.