I never smoked. But I have seen the struggle others have had to deal with when trying to stop this addiction. It hasn’t been easy for anyone I know. If you are considering trying to end your nicotine habit maybe an online group will help.
Today I am talking to the creator of the Facebook group, Quit Smoking Support Group.
Please welcome Aimee
My name is Aimee Pacios I am 36 years old and from Newport Beach CA. I am a mother of 2 amazing children, Madison 8 and Jason 18. I am engaged to my fiancé John, and will be married in 2 years. I am a very grateful addict in recovery and CEO owner/operator of Anchored Recovery Inc, a long term case management company helping addicts in need get into and through detox and treatment. I am also a national speaker and recovery advocate, traveling the nation with a group of awesome people I call my friends (from all over our country) spreading hope and inspiration through speaking events and rally’s. I am a very big fan of sports and love enjoying live games as much as possible. Soccer has been my love and passion since I was a little girl. I currently coach my 8 year old AYSO’s soccer team and dedicate a large amount of time to that. I am a positive mover, doer and thinker and strive everyday to be a better version of myself than the day before. I am all about being part of positive change and influence for others and love people.
Please tell the readers a little about the group.
It was created to be a safe, positive and supportive group. Members can seek support and inspiration while quitting or trying to quit using nicotine products.
What inspired you to create this group?
My own personal struggle and journey with nicotine addiction. I myself seek support and inspiration from others in different areas of my life and I thought why not use it for this. I’m an addict in long term recovery so I used my 12 step program to create similar support and motivation in this group. Anything to better ones self or the lives of others is simply amazing to me.
What would you like this group to accomplish?
I would like this group to be an open form for positive encouragement and support while people struggle to quit. Also a place to share tips, advice, and ways to effectively stay stopped. When people struggle during the early days of a abstinence this would be a place to check in with others experiencing same or similar things, maybe even people that have already applied tools and made it past these struggles could help the new quitter. Eventually I would like to put together a 12 step program people could use the steps to help them with their nicotine addiction.
Thank you Aimee for taking the time to tell us about this much needed group.
Click on the link to find this Facebook group – Quit Smoking Support Group
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Thank you – this is sure to be a boon to those struggling to quit this addictive substance.
I have never smoked but I have seen so many people struggle to quit. Groups like this are necessary. Thank you for stopping by!
Great advice. I didn’t quit smoking. I simply stopped. I’d had enough of the lying, thieving and cheating cigarette companies. More than 10 years now.
My uncle told me that one day he had an almost full pack of cigarettes and decided to throw them all away. He never smoked again. He believed that if a person said they would quit at a certain time, such as after finishing a pack of cigarettes or on a certain day, that will would probably end up smoking again.
I’ve never smoked but 2 of my 3 children did. One still does, although not as much as he used to and my daughter has been smoke free for a year. It is probably the hardest addiction to quit.
I never smoked either. I grew up with two parents who chained smoked and I had asthma. It was so bad that I was taken out by ambulance many times as a child. My mother never believed that my asthma was related to her smoking but as soon as I was on my own, living in a smoke free home, I never had asthma again.
I still suffer from asthma and applaud all the efforts made in the last few decades to keep restaurants and other public places smoke free.
Where I live they have made it so that people can’t smoke in the apartments. Next year it will be so many feet from the buildings. I doubt those who smoke are going to walk to the street just to have a cigarette. I’m wondering if this will be enforced.
Thanks for this! I smoke myself though I don’t think I’m looking to quit, but definitely cut down. I know someone who would benefit from this post so I’ll send it on! x
Thank you for sharing the post.
I smoke and enjoy it. Occasionally, I’ve had a twinge to quit, but nothing strong enough to motivate me to tale the plunge. Good idea for a group, though!
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My father had a heart attack at age 50 and that was his motivation for not smoking any more. He was ten years smoke free and was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. He died in 1995. Some people have said that it didn’t matter that he stopped, he still died of lung cancer. My take on this is if he hadn’t stopped after his heart attack he may not have lived ten years.
My husband smokes. He fully intended to quit when “we” got pregnant with our first child. She’s now seven and he still smokes. His best friend has quit, which I thought would push him. Nope. His co-worker still smokes, so that’s a challenge. He’s tried a few times and got close with the patch once and that drug that gives you wacky dreams the other time. All told, I know it’s an addiction. And it’s really hard to quit. Thanks for sharing this one.
My daughter has not smoked in over a year. I am really hoping she continues…Cancer runs rampant in my family. My father and his mother (my grandmother) both died of small cell lung cancer. She has six kids (ages 18 – 7). They have been really on her about smoking. I know it’s an addiction and it’s sad that there are some that just can’t seem to quit.
Granny had enough of smoking after almost 40 years and quit from one day to the other. Her best remedy was telling herself that life is just the same without a cigaret and she never smoked again. It’s good to have groups like this though 🙂
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I’m glad to hear your granny gave up smoking. She must be strong because from what I hear giving up smoking, especially after all those years, can be very tough! But good for her! This benefits both of you.
Having the support and encouragement of others going through (or have gone through) a similar trial can be very helpful. Sometimes you just need to hear that, “Yes you can!” to help you through it! 🙂
I agree! It’s nice to get that reassurance, especially when you may be having doubts.
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