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A journey of change and recovery
The QuittersWin Blog is encouragement for the brave folks on a journey of change and recovery. QuittersWin offers smoking cessation services in public and private settings using the BESOCHEMPS model of addiction. Remember that you aren’t alone on this journey and there’s no shame in asking for help. Remember that this site is searchable. There are over 500 posts here, so whether you’re on a specific quest or just filling time, there’s something positive here for you. And for private answers to specific questions, remember that you can CONTACT us!
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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
Thanks to Stephen’s Place and the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities for their inspiring work and helpful information. Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month can bring awareness to the challenges that those with developmental disabilities face when it comes to interacting within their communities. Developmental disabilities such as autism spectrum disorder and developmental delays affect… Read More
Meditation and mindfulness are both wildly popular and widely misunderstood. While I am not an expert on the subject, I have personally reaped great benefits from a daily discipline in the past. But I became complacent and wandered away from my practice. For reasons that remain a puzzle to me, I have been slow to… Read More
Brighter Days Ahead
Solstice greetings to you and yours! On this – the shortest (and darkest?) day of the year – may we look forward with a deep sense of hope about the brighter days ahead. And as nature marks this point in its cycle of seasons, let us seize the season and claim the brightness ahead as… Read More
Chilly Fishes & Warm Wishes
On this day when so many are thinking about reasons to be thankful, I wanted to pause and express my thanks for the privilege of daily serving folks who are brave enough for this journey. Trying to make positive changes in our live is surely the mark of courage. So thank you for taking good… Read More
COVID Quit Cassie
A Story of Numbers After my eighth serious quit attempt in three years, it finally took. Support from the QuittersWin group and mindful use of NRT (nicotine replacement therapy) helped me finally sever the chains from my 45-year, pack-per-day addiction. I noticed a difference right away! By the end of day two smoke-free, I was… Read More
On A Bridge
October 10 is World Mental Health Day. Early on an October morning (5 years ago today) as I drove to work in the rain, I sat at a red light in the center of my hometown. There are two routes that will get me to work in about the same amount of time. One route… Read More
Fierce and Frail – Part Two
Maybe Miracles Do Happen? If people can maintain coherence and avoid terrible detox symptoms, they might be able to hold hope long enough for a miracle to occur. I’ve seen the bumper sticker that says “Expect a Miracle.” Some days I might scoff at such unreasonable hope. Some days I might wish that expecting a… Read More
Fierce and Frail
Part One – A Fierce Storm Today Rehab and Detox beds are nowhere to be found. Demand is higher than ever. Resources are more scarce. Staff are harder to hire and keep. Overdose deaths (CDC figures) rose 30% from 2019 to 2020 and another 15% from 2020 to 2021. The system has been broken for… Read More
Life will never be stressless, but maybe we can find better ways of managing our anxiety, stress, or feelings of despair. Why do we react to stress that way? When folks relapse and go back to vaping or smoking, it is almost always due to a stressful situation. The stimulation caused by nicotine in the… Read More
“It isn’t where you came from, it’s where you’re going that counts.” – Ella Fitzgerald That’s so true in so many aspects of our human journey. Some of our past needs to be processed or better understood in order for us to move on. But there are plenty of things in our past that we… Read More