100 Days of Writing – Day Twenty-Two

Adventures in Living: Trying to treat ADD with meds, while at the same time, quit smoking – Day Five

Another day is nearly half-done and I’ve had more success today than on any of the other previous days. I awakened this morning at 5 a.m. and had a cigarette. Before retiring back to bed, I got two nicotine lozenges and popped them in my mouth. I also took the remaining pack of cigarettes and drenched them under the kitchen sink to insure I wouldn’t smoke any more of them when I woke back up. That single cigarette I had has been my only one so far today (3:23 p.m.)

I took my ADD medication sometime between 8-9 a.m. I feel like it’s giving me better focus and less anxiety than on the previous days. I know that I have to give it time to get the desired overall effect, but I’m pleased so far. I have experienced some tiredness later in the evening while I’ve been taking it, but last night wasn’t quite as pronounced as previous nights.

I did consider today that doing both of these regimens at the same time, quitting smoking and trying a new ADD medication, might have its drawbacks. But I sincerely feel that perhaps they can work in conjunction with each other to bring about the desired results. The ADD medication seems to be lessening my anxious thoughts, which is one of the triggers for lighting up a cigarette. There have been several times today where I’ve thought of having a cigarette, but I soon realized this was more out of habit than an actual craving for nicotine.

I’m hopeful that my impulsivity will not get the best of me for the remainder of the day and that I’ll be able to say as I retire for the night, “I’ve just had one cigarette today and tomorrow will have none.”

Published by David Lee Moser

I am a sixty-three year old semi-retired elementary science teacher.

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