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Vapes, Cigarettes & Reasons to Smoke
Hello My name is Angela and I am a person who struggled with nicotine use disorder for nearly 20 years. For most of my life, smoking was a subconscious autonomous action. Something I did in-between living.
You may be wondering why I did not stop sooner?
Well, I was not ready or more specifically the stinky thinking from my mental health condition. Nicotine causes a change in brain activity within 10 seconds of being inhaled. Rewired my brain to believe I was not able to live my life without my chronic substance use.
My truth was, my life revolved around my next fix. My day to day was full of ideas that flooded my mind, racing around, interrupting every productive thought keeping me hooked on using.
What I have learned in my healing journey is that recovery is never linear. Part of healing from a mental health condition such as addiction is reconfiguring my brain's reward system and that takes time and support.
If you, or someone you know is debating whether their ongoing substance use is making life unmanageable, reach out to some of these amazing resources to explore recovery options. Medically assisted treatment (MAT) options are available for free for certain New Jersey residents.
Youth Vape Support Text VAPEFREENJ to 88709
Caregiver support for helping a young person or teen Text QUIT to 202-899-7550
NJ Quitline 1-866-657-8677
LGBT Quitline 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or 1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848)
Become An Ex National Support Program
Mom's Quit Connection 1-888-545-5191 Dads are welcome too!
American Indian Quitline 1-833-9AI-QUIT 1-833-924-7848
Spanish Support 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569) Envíe un mensaje de texto con la palabra ESP al 47848
Nicotine Anonymous 1-877-879-6422
NJ Addiction Help Line 1-844-732-2465
Quit Guide App
This self guided support helps you:
- Track cravings and slips by times of day and location
- Track your mood and smoking triggers
- Stay motivated with inspirational messages
- Identify your reasons for quitting
- Get tips and distractions for dealing with cravings and bad moods
- Monitor your progress toward achieving smoke free milestones
- Create journal entries
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