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Slips & RelapseDon't give up, keep trying

Slip

Slips occur when you have one cigarette or “small” amounts of smoking, during your quit process. Slips are often part of the quit process.

If you slip, it’s OK. Remember, you can do this. Like mistakes, slips can be learning tools. You can turn a slip into something positive.

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Relapse

The longer you delay addressing a slip the more likely it will become a relapse.

A relapse occurs when you gone back to smoking close to the amount you were smoking before you quit. What was working for you to stay smoke–free? What caused you to slip?





What can you do differently?

Stop–smoking medications

These can really help to take the edge off – be sure you are using them correctly and are using enough.

More about medications

Plan for triggers and cravings

Old routines can trigger cravings. Change your daily routines and try to head off triggers.

Avoid alcohol

Cut back or avoid alcohol, at least until you become a confident nonsmoker. Why? Alcohol can make you more prone to go back to smoking.

Reasons to quit

Don’t lose sight of why you wanted to quit in the first place and all the benefits that come with it.

Reward yourself

Quitting smoking is hard – remember to reward yourself. You deserve it!




Don’t be so hard on yourself! The most important thing is to learn from your experience – get back on track, and keep trying.

Last updated 8/20/2018 6:08 PM
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