What’s strange is at this point in my life, few of my friends drink much (if at all), but almost all of them smoke. The definitely don’t pressure me to have a cigarette, but it’s still hard to be around. Do you think the nicotine replacement helped you? I’ve tried with and without nicotine patches, and seem to have better success with the patches, but it’s short-lived.

I’m a lawyer and teacher from North Carolina. I write about sobriety, mental health, running, and more. Buy me a “coffee” at ko-fi.com/benyaclark.

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