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Relapse

It’s natural to feel disappointed when you relapse, but remember: every day you were smokefree made your body healthier and helped to break your habit and weaken your addiction.

Quitting is a process . Rather than it being like sporting match – where you go in, fight it out, and either win or lose – quitting successfully is more like learning to drive a manual car. You’ll drive off eventually but it takes time and practice to learn how to do it smoothly and properly and to perform when the pressure is on.

When to try quitting again?

The best time to consider quitting again, whether you’ve relapsed early on or later, is when you feel like you’re ready. But don’t wait until the perfect time – it never comes.

If you feel you want to jump back in now – go for it! Consider some of the information below:

  • mark a time in your calendar (or phone) to revisit quitting.
    • We suggest making this reminder no more than a month or two away.
    • book a Quitline call (now/one week/one month/two months/four months). It’s a great way to get started again.

Building Motivation

This is the time to reflect on your own personal reasons for quitting. To revisit your reasons go to reasons to quit , or explore the My Reasons Tool .

Get a Quitline Call

The Quitline is a great support at this time. Quit Specialists know how difficult it is to quit and that a relapse is a normal part of the quitting journey. They’re trained to listen and allow you to talk through what happened to maximise your chances when you’re ready to quit next time. Quitline can set up future call backs to help you get back on track in the coming weeks.

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