Natalie, 42, had tried everything over 20 years to stop smoking and found her solution in Allen Carr’s Easyway. Since May 31st is World No Tobacco Day, why not read and get inspired by her story …?
“I tried my first cigarette at the age of 15 (actually that’s not strictly true, I was eight, but didn’t try another one until I was 15 so it doesn’t count). So, I was15-years-old, hiding in the bushes at school trying to look cool and trying even harder not to choke or vomit. It was vile and disgusting and made me feel ill, but I was one of the stronger ones and determined to learn how to do it. Twenty years later I was still doing it.
Throughout my twenty years of smoking I fell into every category or smoking type. For the most part I was just your average pack a day smoker – a couple before work, one every hour at work and then back to back cigarettes at night. But throughout the years I also did the secret smoker and chain smoker thing too, depending on what was happening in my life at the time.
In a bid to cut down I became a casual smoker, only smoking with a drink and at weekends, but this just made me drink more as an excuse to be able to smoke.
The thought of quitting was always at the back of my mind somewhere but it never quite seemed to make it to the front. Somehow it just never seemed to be the right time, or that’s what I told myself after every failed attempt.
I tried patches maybe a dozen times. The patch was just something I’d wear when I wasn’t allowed to smoke, like on a flight for example. As soon as we landed it was torn off and a cancer stick shoved in my mouth. Or sometimes I’d even smoke whilst wearing a patch, just to get a double hit.
I went to see a hypnotherapist (actually I went to see three – I was desperate) and every single time I’d walk out feeling positive and then light up a few hours later.
I had gum, herbs, lasers, needles, inhalators, lozenges and some crazy tablets that made me feel even more depressed, but nothing that helped me to stop. Every time I just felt so empty and couldn’t stop thinking about smoking. I decided that I’d prefer to be a smoker and happy, rather than miserable and deprived and not allowed to smoke.
A friend told me about Allen Carr. “It’s amazing,” she boasted, as I puffed away in front of her, envying her ability to drink a glass of wine without it bothering her.
I had tried everything else, what did I have to lose?
I was very nervous when I arrived at the clinic on 21st June 2003. What if it doesn’t work? Will I be one of their few failures? What if it does work? I’ll never be able to smoke again!
Five hours later I walked out feeling….feeling….I didn’t know how I felt. Had it worked? How would I know? What was going to happen next?
And that was it. Nothing happened. No awful withdrawals, no anxiety, no inability to function, I just simply didn’t smoke anymore.
Seven years later and I’ve never touched one. No desire, no cravings, no longing. In fact I can’t think of anything worse than having to smoke a cigarette.
That session changed my life. It had such a huge effect on me that not only did I quit smoking, but I also quit my job. I trained as an Allen Carr therapist and I now have the wonderful role of showing other smokers just how easy it can be to quit, once you understand how the smoking trap works.”
About Allen Carr’s Easyway:
Allen Carr’s Easyway is different to anything generally used. They don't believe in aversion therapy, scare tactics, nicotine replacement, pills, drugs or gimmicks.
Most smokers have tried one or all of these and are still smoking. After many such failed attempts smokers begin to feel defeated, hopeless and believe they don't have sufficient willpower to stop.
Any smoker using the Allen Carr method can stop immediately, without suffering any of the traumas normally associated with nicotine withdrawal and without gaining weight.
Most of their clients leave our sessions without the need or desire to smoke - free from the slavery of nicotine addiction.
Allen Carr’s method works in the opposite way to the traditional methods. They don’t focus on why smokers shouldn’t smoke; let’s face it, they know that already and it hasn’t helped them to stop!
Most smokers will switch channels or light up when the rotten ads come on TV! Instead we concentrate on why we continue to smoke despite the obvious disadvantages.
The five hour group session explains why you smoke in the first place and changes the way you think about smoking, so instead of believing that you’re giving up your crutch or pleasure, you’re actually glad that you don’t have to smoke any more. It removes the desire to smoke making it an enjoyable, empowering experience. And you get to smoke whilst you’re doing it!
They have clinics in all major Australian cities and in 45 counties worldwide and are the only major smoking cessation program to offer a full money back guarantee.
For more information visit www.allencarr.com.au or call 1300 785 180.