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  • What exactly is a crave?

    One of the things I see spoken about repeatedly on stop smoking forums is "craves", although I have never seen a good definition of what constitutes a crave.

    Quitters crave cigarettes, as though it it's maternal instinct to suckle their mothers breast in order to survive; Cokeheads snort cocaine until the next snort of cocaine becomes available... making it happen if it doesn't come naturally, seeking elsewhere if they can't get their fix...

    It seems that for some people, the crave is like a dream; something they aspire to in a detached kind of way. If it isn't there, then they simply can't have it. Others seem connected to cigarettes in a fundamental manner, like they would go out of their way to realize the event.

    Craving happens inside our heads.

    For some of us, craves stay in the head. For others, craves drive us into action.

    Thoughts, feelings?

    Alex.
    Last edited by Alex76; 22-04-2012, 10:42 PM.
    Quit Date : 08/11/2010
    Method : Cold Turkey
    Tips : 10 Things to Avoid When You Quit Smoking
    Motto : Stop smoking before smoking stops you!

  • #2
    A crave for me is something that goes on inside my head, it is something that i created..... it was "me made". Over a long time My crave became very habitual! get a crave, ... Need a cig! get a crave need a cig! ....a fancy, a want, a need! a reward!.............. Something i thought i could never live without. Of course because i created it! I also had the power to destroy it! and that is exactly what I am doing, it might take some time! and as we know time is the best tool we could have why we quit...Time heals and time helps!

    So in my opinion A Cigarette crave is made in the head mostly! with nicotine giving it a helping hand.

    Good thread Alex and how you doing?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by kitkat72 View Post
      Good thread Alex and how you doing?
      Great thanks, although somewhat tickled as you astutely noticed Still, the allusive crave escapes me...

      Can someone catch it, please?
      Last edited by Alex76; 23-04-2012, 12:21 AM.
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      Method : Cold Turkey
      Tips : 10 Things to Avoid When You Quit Smoking
      Motto : Stop smoking before smoking stops you!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Alex76 View Post
        Great thanks, although slightly pickled as you astutely noticed Still, the allusive crave escapes me...

        Can someone catch it, please?
        Caught it

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        • #5
          Oh Susie!

          We were much too young!

          Alex.

          P.S. Euuuuhhh, after that ahem...somewhat awkard interruption, the question remains... What is a crave???
          Last edited by Alex76; 22-04-2012, 11:44 PM.
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          Method : Cold Turkey
          Tips : 10 Things to Avoid When You Quit Smoking
          Motto : Stop smoking before smoking stops you!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Alex76 View Post
            Oh Susie!

            We were much too young!

            Alex.

            P.S. Euuuuhhh, after that ahem...somewhat awkard interruption, the question remains... What is a crave???
            what can you do?

            lots of love
            susie

            craves ah yes...........

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            • #7
              A crave is a mysterious figure dressed in a long black coat, and a black fedora, who keeps his face hidden from view with his arm. He's always standing in the shadows, beckoning you with a "Pssssssst! Hey kid! Over here!"

              If you look his way, he begins to tempt you with (what turn out to be empty) promises.

              "You look a little anxious," he'll say. "I can help with that. Why, I can make it go away altogether!" Then he moves deeper into the shadows, beckoning you to follow.

              Or, "You feel so good right now, after that big meal. Wouldn't you like to feel just a little better?" and again, he's gesturing you to follow him.

              A crave is a pusher, an evil, candy-from-a-stranger fellow, who must be avoided at all costs. What he offers is fools gold and empty promises.

              Craves are liars, con artists, deceivers, thieves and killers. They are the worst of the worst, no matter how convincing their spiel, and they must be avoided at all times.

              Never talk with a crave. Never try to reason with him, engage with him, or even joke with him. A crave is deadly serious and he wants to take you down - all the way down.

              A crave tries to look like a friend, but he's not. He's a creepy, self-serving, self-centered devil who would buy your soul for the price of a pack of cigarettes.

              I hate the crave.
              ...

              How long will you smoke to avoid three weeks of discomfort?

              Cold Turkey Quit Date: March 14, 2012

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              • #8
                crave

                A crave is that feeling of emptiness that you get when you are grieving. That gutted hollow uncomfortable feeling you get when you have lost someone close to you. That yearning that makes time stand still and nothing else matter. And when you are grieving all you want is to have that person back because that will make the feeling go away. But that feeling does, in time, go away. You have to ride the wave.

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                • #9
                  Lol..great post DGee....
                  Sorry cant remember who but someone described the craves as obsessions I thought that was a great and fitting description....As you all know I call them voices lol.
                  Last Smoke Monday 23rd September 2013 3.00pm
                  Using patches
                  Upto 30 per day smoked for 38yrs

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                  • #10
                    Cracking post Gee and one of the best posts i've read on here.

                    I may even nick it myself and use it on other forums to claim the plaudits for it. I like it that much.

                    Don't think there's any point me adding to this thread after that wonderful post.
                    Last edited by rogue; 23-04-2012, 04:04 PM.
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                    Method: Cold Turkey

                    I STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU DON'T BUY OR USE SWEDISH SNUS TO AID YOUR QUIT.

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                    • #11
                      A crave is like your first boyfriend dumping you and he won't take you back....you think you love him and could never survive without him. You pine for him when you think about him. You know he had treated you badly but it doesn't matter, he is what you want . Then you see someone else you quite fancy, your thoughts swap between the two, you start dating the new guy and you occasionally think of the ex. The more you get to know your new life with the new guy, the more you like it and the more you don't want to go back to ex. The first love will always be a part of you, but you now know your life is so much better without him.......not that I have ever been dumped hee hee

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                      • #12
                        lurking in the shadows

                        Ha ha rogue .. yes it is good DGee

                        (here is another post of DGee's which caught my imagination http://forum.nosmokingday.org.uk/sho...highlight=dgee )

                        Shojam that hit a chord!

                        That masked stranger in a black cloak slinked out from behind a tree today whilst I was having an otherwise beautifully sunny walk.

                        You know what scares me (if in fact us scots can be scared by anything) is that when the 'crave' hits, it is so subtle and creeps up on you like the time since quitting .. this last month and more of coming to terms with how futile smoking actually is .. just didn't exist!

                        But we all know the answer to foil that little black shadow within us ... NOPE !
                        (that and logging on here lol)
                        Last edited by suze14; 23-04-2012, 04:09 PM.
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                        • #13
                          Haha that's another great post by him. Thanks for the link
                          Quit date: 20th March 2012 1.50am
                          Method: Cold Turkey

                          I STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU DON'T BUY OR USE SWEDISH SNUS TO AID YOUR QUIT.

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                          • #14
                            What is a CRAVE?

                            Its what makes you get out of bed..and go to the local store..
                            and buy your cigarettes! A crave makes you dig in the couch for
                            change so you can BUY some cigarettes! That is a crave!
                            2 Year is Jan 11 2014!
                            21mg Nicoderm Patch (Stopped after 11 days)
                            4mg Nicoderm Lozenge (Did for 40 days maybe?)
                            NOW NOTHING! NADA!
                            Used to SMOKE 2 Packs a DAY!
                            Quit Date Jan 11 2012 Wed.
                            30 or so odd years of SMOKING!
                            ONLY VICE IS NOW SO GONE!

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                            • #15
                              Cracking Post

                              Originally posted by DGee View Post
                              A crave is a mysterious figure dressed in a long black coat, and a black fedora, who keeps his face hidden from view with his arm. He's always standing in the shadows, beckoning you with a "Pssssssst! Hey kid! Over here!"

                              If you look his way, he begins to tempt you with (what turn out to be empty) promises.

                              "You look a little anxious," he'll say. "I can help with that. Why, I can make it go away altogether!" Then he moves deeper into the shadows, beckoning you to follow.

                              Or, "You feel so good right now, after that big meal. Wouldn't you like to feel just a little better?" and again, he's gesturing you to follow him.

                              A crave is a pusher, an evil, candy-from-a-stranger fellow, who must be avoided at all costs. What he offers is fools gold and empty promises.

                              Craves are liars, con artists, deceivers, thieves and killers. They are the worst of the worst, no matter how convincing their spiel, and they must be avoided at all times.

                              Never talk with a crave. Never try to reason with him, engage with him, or even joke with him. A crave is deadly serious and he wants to take you down - all the way down.

                              A crave tries to look like a friend, but he's not. He's a creepy, self-serving, self-centered devil who would buy your soul for the price of a pack of cigarettes.

                              I hate the crave.
                              This is good
                              Fi
                              Mr. S. Cut - My Ex
                              Broke up - 9 Sept 2012
                              Member of Olympic Quitters 2012
                              From Doghouse to Penthouse - 9 Sept 2013

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