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Hi, need help
mysterious_one posted:
I had recently quit smoking for 5 months, using the nicotrol inhaler and by using lollipops. All that time, I didn't live with a smoker and have no friends that smoke.

Recently, I got a new roommate who smokes. It triggered me off, and I ended up buying cigarettes. Since then, these past 2 weeks, I go back and forth. I'll smoke for a day or two, then go smoke free for a day or so with the nicotrol inhaler, then back to cigarettes.

One minute, I'm motivated to quit. The next thing I know, I bought a pack and smoked.

The prices are waaaaaaaaay too high for me, about ten bucks, but it doesn't seem to be doing it.

Any suggestions?

mysterious_one responded:
PS- my roommate smokes outside, but I can still smell it when she comes in, and if I have my window open, it comes into my room.
UncleB42 responded:
Dear MO,
The soultion is obvious, the roommate has to be history or,if it is a relationship of sorts, I want to be respectful here, he roommate will need to stop smoking also. The reasoning follows:
You are on nicotrol inhaler, so you are still addicited to nicotine;
You are fully aware what your roommate is doing outside, trigger.
You are subjected to the tobacco residue on you roommates clothes.
You say you don't hang with smokers but live with one, get real.
It doesn't matter how much cigarettes cost, you will smoke before you eat, we're addicts and we do that, deep in denial.
It is a tought call MO but one you will need to make if you want to save your life, maybe not today but someday.
And, please get some counseling, one you can connect with.
A quit-line would not be my first choice, person to person is best
I am a certified Tobacco Addiction Spcialist and a Licenced Drug/Alcohol Counselor.
I truly hope you make the correct decision.
Barry McMillen, MA, LADC, MAC, CTAS
mysterious_one replied to UncleB42's response:
Thank you for the advice. Unfortunately, I have no choice of who I live with. I'm in mental health housing, and I have no say of who moves in, though I wish I did.

Right now I'm at my mom's. She doesn't smoke, and her neighbors don't either. So I started the nicotrol inhaler today, but already I want a cigarette.

I do have a therapist who I've talked to about the smoking.

The only reason I had quit for those five months was for financial reasons, though my breathing had majorly improved.

I do have support from my friends, but the smell gets to me and reels me in.



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