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On 3/9/2019 at 8:49 AM, Owl said:

 

I was wrong.  It is not hard to quit dip.  Yes, it takes a few days for your mind and body to physically adapt to the absence of a drug upon which they were dependent, but it's not "hard." It's mildly uncomfortable. 

Quitting is an exercise in mental discipline. And not a difficult one at that. Going on a jog probably requires more mental stamina

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Freedom from nicotine once you've quit dipping just gets better and better.  Here's an example:

Yesterday I went to pick-up dinner but forgot my wallet.  It wasn't far but the kids were HUNGRY.

To make the turn faster, I called so that one of the kids could run my wallet out to me.  My daughter answered the phone.

"Where is it, daddy?"

"It's in the outside pocket of my briefcase."

I realized as I was driving back towards the restaurant that I NEVER would have done that when I was a ninja dipper.  I always had a few cans stashed in my briefcase.  They were in non-obvious places, but there's no way I would have asked my daughter to dig through my bag.

It seems like a minor thing, but there's so much lying and sneaking around for your addiction when you're using.  Not worrying that my daughter might innocently find a can or a spitter is a wonderful aspect of being free from nicotine.

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1 hour ago, Owl said:

It seems like a minor thing, but there's so much lying and sneaking around for your addiction when you're using.  Not worrying that my daughter might innocently find a can or a spitter is a wonderful aspect of being free from nicotine

I didn't realize how much I lied to keep some folks from knowing I dipped. My heart would race when someone wanted to ride with me. "Did I throw that spitter out?" "Did I leave my can out?" "Does my truck smell like dip?" Not anymore... now it's just "How much stuff do I have to move?"

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On 3/9/2019 at 8:49 AM, Owl said:

Everything you tell yourself about dip - that you 'like' it, that it makes everything better, that it keeps you from eating or drinking too much, that you'd miss it, that you're special and no one understands...it's all a lie.

This is the other best part of quitting.  Getting some clarity. My brother stopped for a week and couldn't get over how much he thought he missed it. He didn't have a group of badass supporters pointing out the lies he was telling himself to help him come to that conclusion

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  • 2 years later...
On 3/16/2019 at 5:25 PM, Owl said:

Freedom from nicotine once you've quit dipping just gets better and better.  Here's an example:

Yesterday I went to pick-up dinner but forgot my wallet.  It wasn't far but the kids were HUNGRY.

To make the turn faster, I called so that one of the kids could run my wallet out to me.  My daughter answered the phone.

"Where is it, daddy?"

"It's in the outside pocket of my briefcase."

I realized as I was driving back towards the restaurant that I NEVER would have done that when I was a ninja dipper.  I always had a few cans stashed in my briefcase.  They were in non-obvious places, but there's no way I would have asked my daughter to dig through my bag.

It seems like a minor thing, but there's so much lying and sneaking around for your addiction when you're using.  Not worrying that my daughter might innocently find a can or a spitter is a wonderful aspect of being free from nicotine.

this is a major thing, and this was totally me.. I relate to this story big fucking time.  freedom.

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On 3/16/2019 at 5:25 PM, Owl said:

there's no way I would have asked my daughter to dig through my bag.

Man. When I was an addict, I would constantly have this underlying fear my wife would find the can in my center console. A couple of times my car was behind hers and the driveway and she was in a rush to get to fencing and she would grab my keys And take the car. My asshole would get tighter than a vice grip. What a shitty and low way to live.

 

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