Stop Smoking Psychology, Who Needs It And WhyStop Smoking Psychology, Who Needs It And Why

"I hate these cigarettes," Theresa said as she ground the butt deeply into the pavement with the heel of her shoe. "So do I" said John. "I remember when I had stopped smoking for five years. I never felt better in my life. Look at me now. My clothes smell, my car smell, my teeth are yellow and I can't go to bed without sucking some smoke down my lungs."

"So what happened?" Theresa wondered aloud. "I don't know," he asked. Then she thought to herself, "Two months free from smoking and that insidious little urge for a cigarette came back with a vengeance just when I thought I had it licked. I only wanted one puff, one drag, one cigarette. But once I started I just couldn't stop myself. And now I feel so bad." Sound familiar?

There are many people who stop smoking cigarettes every day. They try everything from smoking cessation drugs, stop smoking aids, patches and stop smoking pills. But unfortunately, like John and Theresa, they return to their former addiction after initially kicking the habit and experiencing some measure of freedom.

Unconsciously, self-sabotage causes them to gravitate towards the old habits that got them in trouble in the first place. Maybe this has even happened to you.

When asked why she gave in and smoked that first cigarette, Theresa honestly couldn't put her finger on it. After all, she had stopped smoking for two months. During that time she resisted urges to smoke cigarettes no matter how she felt. Determined to succeed, she stayed away from the people she used to smoke with and began a routine of walking instead. Formidable described her willpower to win the battle with the cigarette addiction, and she did. So what happened - or didn't - to Theresa?

Well for starters, all stop smoking programs usually have three things in common. They all have a beginning, middle, and end point.

When Theresa began her cigarette cessation program she struggled daily to overcome the voice that said all her effort wasn't worth it and it wouldn't work. Maybe she had smoked so long that stopping wouldn't improve her health anyway. But she pushed past the negative thoughts. She kept saying to herself, "I want to stop smoking, I have to stop smoking."

After a few weeks she actually began feeling good. The smokers cough was gone and she exercised regularly. There was a sense of achievement saying "No Thanks" when she was offered a cigarette. Yes, she was well on her way to her goal of kicking the nicotine addiction.

In a month the uncomfortable urges were gone and Theresa begun to experience exuberance. "Oh my gosh!" she thought to herself, "I have achieved my goal of successful smoking cessation." So she stepped up the exercise, and began enjoying the taste of the food she ate once again. And in a couple of months her skin developed a healthy glow and she was looking good.

Looking, and feeling, good, Theresa ignored the subtle urges to take one puff of a cigarette. Eventually she somehow rationalized she could smoke just a little. After all she reasoned, life was more than just exercise. Then without even realizing it, her smoking cessation program had come to an end and the self-sabotage had begun.

Slowly, Theresa began acting like her "old" self again. The two pack a day habit wasn't back, yet, but the mind-set was. Somewhere deep inside her a small voice was saying, "You don't need to smoke that", and "you should stop while you are ahead." However the old, familiar feelings of comfort and enjoyment cigarettes had brought her in the past overwhelmed the voice of logic.

Yes, Theresa had changed the way she behaved on the outside, but she hadn't changed her thinking on the inside. Her whole perception about cigarettes; what it signified and how it comforted her, hadn't been touched. And since she didn't change the perceptions on the inside first, they eventually overruled all the cosmetic alterations on the outside. This time was no different.

Theresa didn't understand how powerful her unconscious beliefs and conditioning was. Every time she stopped smoking cigarettes, she sabotaged her success.

But that's not the end of Theresa's story. When she could no longer stand the smelly clothes, the yellowing teeth, and the pain failure caused in her life, she learned to apply a few simple steps which helped her understand the thoughts and feelings shaping her whole life (and addiction). She began to see the real forces inspiring her behavior.

Theresa has since stopped smoking, has no fear of it returning, and is another stop smoking success story. Because of learning how to apply a few simple steps Theresa is freer than she's ever been in her entire life, and so can you.

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by Malcolm Baptiste
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