Am I just a cracked pot?

A fellow blogger posted this and I thought it would be a great reblog for me. It really says a lot of what I have been trying to reinforce to myself the last few days.

The happy Quitter!

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It’s going to be 2 weeks tomorrow ! Smoke-free since 14 days! I learn more and more about my addiction to Nicotine, some things I read are eye-opening, other articles raise more questions. If Nicotine is addictive, that makes me an addict? If I am an addict, can stay smoke-free? That’s hard to swallow. I always thought about myself as a smoker, I never looked at myself as being an addict. That’s makes me damaged good doesn’t it? What if I am damaged beyond repair?

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pavanneh

Retired Navy Cardiovascular Technician/Respiratory Therapist. Wife, mother, grandmother.

3 thoughts on “Am I just a cracked pot?”

  1. Pavanneh dear as a doctor I am definitely telling you that smoking is an addiction. Read the warnings and take them seriously. I can go into the biochemistry and all about neurotransmitters in our brain.There are defined nicotinic receptors and addictive behaviour of any kind is a maladaptive behaviour. A wrong coping strategy!

    1. I am a Respiratory Therapist and worked in Cardiovascular Medicine for over 20 years. I understand what addition is and the biology of it. What I told her was that she should not allow her addiction to define her. She is so much more than her “addiction”. She is asking if she is damaged and beyond repair and she is not. The inclusion in her post of “Just Another Cracked Pot” actually demonstrates to me and it should demonstrate to her that she is realizing that there is more to her and even if she is “broken” she still has purpose and usefulness.

      1. Nice to know that you are also a HCP.I have worked a with drug addicts, HIV and AIDS affectees.An addict needs to take responsibility for the addiction. Every one is multi faceted but the post stating :just another. .., means that the self esteem is low and this reinforces the addictive behaviour. No blatant overgeneralization really.

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