Dealing With Relapse
You're not alone in going back to smoking. Most people who quit try 8 to 10 times before they quit for good.2
Don't feel bad about yourself. A relapse is just a sign that you need to try a different approach to quitting smoking. If you tried to quit without medicines or a program, think about trying them next time. Medicines and nicotine replacement (gum, patches, lozenges) can double your chances of success.1
Think about what made you start smoking again. Maybe you couldn't handle the cravings. Or maybe you didn't have enough support from family or friends. Maybe something stressful happened that triggered the urge to smoke, and then you couldn't stop.
Whatever it was, remember that help is here when you are ready to try again. You might want to read the sections Thinking About Quitting? or Planning Your Strategy to Quit in this topic.
One Man's Story:
Nate's struggle to quit was a constant cycle of attempts and relapses. It was hard on his self-esteem.
“It seemed like trying just made it more difficult to quit. I felt like a failure every day.”—Nate, 27
Read more about Nate and how he quit for good.