Quit Dip Timeline: Months 3-5 and Beyond
Month 3: This is the most dangerous month after you have quit dip. Somewhere during this month you will face your second most difficult challenge- seasonal triggers. The only thing worse than the upcoming seasonal triggers is the nicotine withdrawals from week one of the quit dip process. By now you think you have beat your addiction and this pride causes lots of people to mess up. The temptation to dip will likely resurface in a powerful, unsuspecting way during the third month. It is often triggered by emotions and old habits associated with seasonal changes that occur about every three months. These seasonal triggers could include things such as the coming of football season, hunting season, fishing season, a vacation or the coming of spring, summer, fall or winter. Most people who have experienced this strong urge to dip again report that if you can just hold off, this urge to dip is short lived. Your “self-talk” will tell you that you “can handle it, you haven’t dipped in two months. Just one dip or one can to get you through __________ (insert trigger here) won’t hurt.” If you listen to this lie you will mess up and be back at day one of the quit dip process.
It is important that you are prepared for this attack. Use a non-tobacco alternative, (DipStop recommends BaccOff for their program, this could also include things like gum or sunflower seeds) and keep a supply with you at all times. When an event triggers your desire to dip recognize it as a lie, speak the truth, listen to it and use the non-tobacco alternative to beat the urge. Remember that using a tobacco free snuff is not using tobacco. It is part of breaking tobacco addiction. Relax and enjoy this wonderful quit dip tool!
Months 4-5: After the crisis in the third month you will notice your desire for a dip is fading and almost gone. There will be times that you will still want a dip, but your sense of accomplishment and the success of reaching your goal are much greater than the desire to dip. Your pride is the only danger remaining. If you tell yourself that you “have it under control” or that “just one dip out of a friend’s can will not hurt” YOU ARE WRONG. Within one week you will destroy all of your hard work from the past few months. Do not look back and never let your guard down. It is not worth it!
Month 6 onward: You have put so much into the quit dip process and are proud of the freedom you now have. Share your success with other family members or friends trying to quit dip. You can even leave your story on our site as an encouragement to others trying to quit dip. We would love to hear your story and how you quit dip for good! Click the link below to be redirected to our share your story page.
The hard part is over, but the battle is not won. You must continue to resist the occasional desire to dip. The more time passes the easier it will become and before you know it you will have quit dip for good.