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Coping with Relapses
What Happens If I Slip and Have a Cigarette?
Most relapses occur within three months of quitting. But do not worry, it is not the end of the world. Quitting is a very difficult thing to do. It takes a lot of effort. You can learn from this relapse.
Whatever you do, do not give up. You are still working on becoming a non-smoker. It sometimes takes a few tries before you can quit completely.
It will help to examine what triggered the relapse. Analyze the situation. What was the immediate cause for your slip? If this situation were to arise again, how could you deal with it better? Think of how long you have been smoke-free. Remember it is only a slip. Here are some common causes for relapses and how you can deal with them.
If you have a tendency to smoke when you are drinking, it may help to limit or stop drinking completely while you are quitting. You may find the tips in Handling Thoughts About Smoking to be helpful.
If you are usually around people who smoke, maybe you can try to get them to quit with you. Or ask them to not smoke when you are around.
Depression / Stress
Some people may revert back to smoking when they are sad, depressed, or stressed. If you find yourself constantly in a negative mood, talk to your doctor, you may find treatment for depression helpful. You may also wish to refer to Mood Management which contains information related to dealing with depression.
It is common to experience some withdrawal symptoms while you are quitting. If they persist for a long time or are very severe, try using the patch or gum if you are not already.
The next section, Common Problems in Quitting, will also provide assistance with this.