Cold turkey is for everyone.
The other day my daughter’s 18-yr-old boyfriend asked me if I’d ever been a smoker, to which I answered, “Yes.” I explained that I had been a smoker from ages 18 through 21, and that I started only for one reason: because it sure did look cool. When he asked me how I quit, my first reaction was, “What kind of question is that? You just quit. You make a decision to stop and you stop.”
He then said, “Ah, cold turkey.”
“Yes,” I said. “Cold turkey. Is there any other way?”
And then he, as a young man, rattled off the many new ways one can quit cigarettes. Seems quitting has found itself in a place where good old self effort has been made to take a backseat. We are now ready, willing and able – to be enabled. The idea of just deciding to quit is no longer an option, even if we innately know how satisfying it might be to do so on our own. Now, taking responsibility for our positive actions is discouraged; now we are being trained to underestimate just how good we really can be at tackling solutions because enabling doesn’t work without self-doubt. Read more