Quit Smokeless Tobacco – Lies and Truth Worksheet

Apply the principles you have learned to quit smokeless tobacco.

Before you begin to fill out this sheet be sure you have read our Looking Inside Your Mind information and fully understand “self talk” and how it controls your addiction.

Then, print out this page to fill in your responses to the questions below. Your answers will give you a better understanding on how your mind has controlled your addiction and how to quit smokeless tobacco.

First, think about the times you have tried to quit dipping in the past and picture the day you are going to quit dipping for good. Listen carefully to your “self talk” and you will hear it speaking many lies to you. Write down each lie you hear. Spend some time and search your mind carefully. Here is an example:

Lies that I believe

  • I could not enjoy activities.
  • I am hooked.
  • Life is no fun without my dip.
  • I don’t know how to quit smokeless tobacco
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There is a truth for every lie. Now, write down a truth for each lie you have written down above.

Truths

  • Others enjoy life without dipping
  • I can quit dipping.
  • Life will be better in the long run.
  • I can find lots of resources that teach me how to quit smokeless tobacco.
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The desires of your mind also control your “self talk.” Take a moment to think back and remember all the times you tried to cut back on the amount you chewed. It probably worked for a few hours, but then the desires of your mind began to influence you. The desires told you that cutting back just wasn’t what you wanted to do. You did not desire to cut back or quit dipping, so you gave in to what you wanted, not what you needed. Each time you gave in to your desires, you were establishing habits of self-indulgence. You needed to exhibit self-restraint, but you gave in again and again. This giving in became a habit. Take some time to think through the acquired desires your “self-talk” has told you. Try to come up with at least ten. We have given you a place to start below.

Acquired Desires

  • I don’t want to quit dipping.
  • I want to dip as much as I want.
  • I need a dip to relax.
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Natural Desires are the desires that encourage you to do what is needed to live a happy and prosperous life. Your natural desires are the reason you are reading this right now. They are the thoughts that tell you that to continue to live, you need to change your habits and learn how to quit smokeless tobacco for good. This is the part of your mind that is your “will to live.” Your natural desires are the reason you have tried to quit dipping or cut back in the past. It is there to protect you. You must learn how to listen to it and react to its protection. Write down a natural desire to combat each of the acquired desires you wrote down above. Here is an example:

Natural Desires

  • I must quit dipping to live.
  • I choose self-control.
  • I can relax in time.
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Realize that your acquired desires are at war with your natural desires. To this point you have let your acquired desires win, but its doesn’t have to stay that way.

2 comments

  1. I’m hoping that I can listen better to my “self talk” and understand that my mind has taken over my life regarding dipping. I know I can do this but fear has become a huge factor in quitting. Thank you for making this article available as I’m on the road to recovering my “old life back”. Thank you!

    • How To Quit Dipping

      Brian,

      We’re glad you’re on the right path to regaining control. Fear is understandable, but you can do it. Thanks for the update.

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