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Rebound from Relapse

"If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down but the staying down."

-Mary Pickford


Remember, slips are not failures and they are not necessarily a relapse...they are learning experiences!  Learn from your slip: Why did you slip? How can you avoid such a slip in the future? Whatever you do, if you slip, DON'T GIVE UP and DON'T GIVE IN!

Don't set out to slip, but if you do:

  • Pick up the pieces
  • Remind yourself why you wanted to quit
  • Remind yourself that you can quit
  • Review your quit plan
  • Add this slip to your list of triggers and decide how you will stay smoke-free if you encounter this trigger again
  • Destroy any other cigarettes and all smoking paraphernalia around you
  • Set a new quit date

Don't let slips decrease your confidence in your ability to quit...YOU CAN DO IT!

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