ARGH! I started drinking/using/smoking again! Oh, wait, no I didn't.

From this thread:

I quit drinking almost five years ago. I haven’t worked myself up to quitting smoking yet.

Do these dreams ever go away? I’d say about twice a month I have a dream where I crack open a beer, and go through the whole feeling disgusted thing. It’s nice to wake up and realize I haven’t blown it after all, but I’d rather just not have the stupid dreams in the first place!

I also remember years ago my dad telling me he still had smoking dreams on occasion - he’d quit twenty years prior at that point.

Are we doomed to this silliness for the rest of our lives?

I still have periodic smoking dreams even though I quit some 13 years ago. Granted, the frequency has dropped off a good bit but they still happen on occasion. I doubt the mind’s mechanism differentiates all that much between the vices. My suggestion would be just to enjoy that realization it was only a dream as much as possible.

I quit smoking almost 30 years ago. I still had smoking dreams, though increasingly rarely, for at least 20 years. More so if I’d had any alcohol before bed. The dreams finally quit about 10 years ago.

I’m nearly 20 years clean and sober, and nearly 13 years free of nicotine. And the number of relapse dreams have gone waaaay down over time. It’s been probably 6 months since my last one, and they’ve been almost exclusively about relapsing to nicotine for the last 9-10 years anyway.

I’ve got almost 4 years sober and have them maybe every 2 or 3 months. Last night though, I dreamt that I got busted for a DUII while my wife was in the passenger seat, pretty bad stuff.


I have dreams that I’m smoking all the time, but I’ve only been quit 5 months. It’s always such a relief to wake up and realize I didn’t fuck up.

For a long time after I broke up with my ex I dreamed that we were back together and really happy even though I knew he was an unemployed drunk. I think that was my version of the smoking dream you are talking about. They’ve stopped since my current relationship began but there was nothing so miserable as waking up and believing for a split second that I willingly went back to and allowed myself to be happy with someone like that.

Last night I had a dream I was being chased by a scientist who was trying to replace my arms with mechanical lobster claws. That is a totally different category of dream though.:stuck_out_tongue:

Clean nearly 3 years; I still have them. The sheer dread I feel in these dreams is actually pretty good for me in a way. Reminds me exactly where I don’t want to be, and all that. But they leave me tense for quite a while afterwards, and I’ll be glad when they go away.

It’s funny, there was a time I’d have given anything to be high in my dreams. Back then I’d only ever have those stupid dreams where I’d missed class all year.

I’ve been sober 24 years, and think it’s been at least five years, maybe ten, since my last drinking dream. The frequency definitely goes down after time.

I quit smoking 11 years ago and don’t recall ever having a smoking dream.

Haven’t smoked weed in 6.5 years, but I dreamt about it this morning, on a dream visit to a former friend I haven’t seen in almost 9 years. His wife was uglier than ever and still a bitch. :wink:


I hated myself after the dreams when I went back to him. Hated, loathed, despised. I was afraid he’d always have a hold on me.

I haven’t had them for about 5 years now; the breakup was 20 years past.

For what it’s worth, I’ve never smoked in my life, and I have smoking dreams on occasion. Of course, since I’ve never experienced it IRL, I never really taste or feel anything related to the cigarette in those dreams.

I’m smober and sober. I still have an ex nightmare once in a while too. I sit bolt upright in bed and breath a blessed sigh of relief that I’m not that girl anymore. It’s been 18 years for me. I wish they would stop. :frowning:

I’ve never been a regular smoker (I’ve smoked a cigarette or two while drinking), and I have smoking dreams sometimes, too. I also dream about ex’s occasionally (happily married to my husband for almost eight years now). The smoking dreams don’t bug me much, but the ex dreams make me very relieved to wake up and realize I’m not with someone I don’t want to be with and am actually with the person I DO want to be with.

I still have ex-girlfriend dreams on a fairly regular basis, too. It’s only been 19 years since we broke up… :rolleyes:

Back when I was a drinker I used to have “back in high school” dreams all the time. I ran a restaurant at the time and worked with a lot of college kids, so I attributed the dreams to that. After I quit drinking I went back to college (still there), so I don’t have those dreams anymore.