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The Quit Dipping Papers
One Man’s Journey Quitting Chewing Tobacco Cold Turkey
Due to an extremely shameful course of events, the creator and author of this website has been forced to use it to quit chewing tobacco himself. After over two years being dip free, I fell off the wagon and hit the ground HARD. When I say forced, make no mistake, there is no one to blame for my chewing tobacco use other than me. Only one person put that shit in my mouth.
My name is Adam, and I am a nicotine addict.
Day 1 – I’m tired of being a liar, it’s time to quit dipping.
My name is Adam, and I am a nicotine addict. As cliche as that sounds, it’s the truth. I quit dipping once before, a long, long time ago. Well actually, it wasn’t a quit, it was a brief stop in my long battle with nicotine addiction. I thought that I could control my addiction and have “just one”. Turns out I couldn’t, and I ended up right back where I started. I was going through one can + of dip a day by the end.
I haven’t had one in a few hours and I am starting to feel the suck creep in. I know what to expect, and what’s on its way soon. This is going to suck, but it’s time to finally quit chewing tobacco for good. Its time to finally quit dipping, and not just stop.
Not only am I a nicotine addict, I am also a Ninja Dipper (I hide my dipping from EVERYONE.) I am tired of the lies. I am tired of worrying about cancer. I am tired of worrying about how I am going to get my fix when I have to hide it from the people I hide it from. I want my kids to have a father who is there, not dead because he chose to not quit dipping. I want to be a good example, not a nicotine addict.
I am rambling because this sucks. But sometimes writing helps when you are quitting smokeless tobacco. More to come.
dipp 2.0 – day 1
Day 2 – Quitting Chewing Tobacco Sucks Hard.
So here I am, on my second day quit. (It’s pretty early in the morning.) This is a real account of my quit so I am not going to pull any punches here, I actually feel pretty good. But I know that after I have a little breakfast, coffee, and get my day going the suck is going to set in, but for now I feel OK. I know what’s coming, and I am not looking forward to it. i will check in soon.
OK, had a little breakfast and got my Saturday moving along, bam, I am hit with some of the worst withdrawal symptoms I have ever experienced. I have quit before, and even been stuck a few days without a fix, but this is bad. The most noticeable and hard to deal with is my irritability. I could loose my mind over the smallest thing if I am not careful. I also feel a sore jaw, which is weird but I know it can be a common sypmtom of quitting dipping. There is a tightness in my chest, I think that’s anxiety. You know what, why don’t I just list them..
Quit Dipping Symptoms I am Experiencing Right Now:
- Irritability – If I don’t watch myself, I could loose it, especially on those closest to me. My anger/irritability on a scale from 1-10 is a 10.5.
- Anxiety – Tightness in the chest, a nagging worry, a feeling of impending doom for no apparent reason. Yea… not fun.
- Cravings – My mind, body and soul craves nicotine right now, hard.
- Fatigue – I guess I feel a little tired…
- Inability to Concentrate – It’s a little bit of a fag maybe, I don’t know, that might not be the best way to explain it.
- Sore tongue and/or gums – It isn’t really my tongue, as much as it is my lower jaw. This feeling makes me really think about the big C (cancer).
- Itchy Skin – I can’t quit scratching. My back, arms, chest, everywhere. It could be completely unrelated, but I’m experiencing it.
Common Quit Chewing Symptoms I Am Not Experiencing:
- Insomnia – Thank the good lord I can sleep while going through this, some aren’t so lucky.
- Headache – Haven’t had a headache yet, but wouldn’t be surprised if I did get one.
- Sore throat – Not yet, and I didn’t really get a sore throat the last time I quit. But we will see.
- Constipation - I have not had my daily BM as of day 2… So I will have to move this one up very soon.
- Dry mouth – I have been throwing water back, so I am note sure if I am experiencing this or not.
There is nothing fun about this whole quitting dipping thing. But by no means is it impossible or unatainable. I just need to keep my head down, lean into it, push forward and keep gaining ground and traction. I will come out on the other side of this stronger, that’s for sure.
Day 3 – My Third Day Quitting Chewing Tobacco, Hurting.
OK, so here I am, day three no nicotine. No chewing tobacco has crossed these lips, or even been help in almost 72 hours. I am hurting, experiencing some mild depression symptoms, and all of the symptoms that I felt on Day 2, only stronger.
Day 4 - The Nicotine Is Out of My System, But I Still Hurt.
Today is day 4 of cold turkey quitting dip. The last few day’s has been rough, and I really think that today was the toughest. One of the main reasons that it was the toughest is that I wen’t back to work today, and didn’t have to be accountable to anyone but myself. I could have snuck away and bought a can no problem. But I have made it this far, so why give in now?
I have been feeling nauseous the past couple hours, and an trying to figure out if it’s the quitting or something else. Eityher way, it’s pretty miserable feeling this way AND feeling sick to my stomach.
I apologize if my writing is a little sloppy, or all over the place. If my writing looks bad, I feel 10 times worse than it shows in my writing. I will doctor it up more soon. But the main point I want to make for today is that self control is a huge part of this quitting dipping. You can have people up your ass trying to keep you quit all they want, but if you won’t do it for you, at some point you’ll be alone and give in.
Day four almost over, I’ll write soon.