Stop Smoking: Tonya

Tonya Poole
Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Austin, TX

I had been a long time smoker and was able to quit for several years, but I went back to smoking three years ago and tried over and over again to quit, but I couldn’t put them down. I would go cold turkey and I would be good for a few days and then I would just buy a pack because there was a weak link there somewhere. I tried the patch and it made me sick, it felt like it wasn’t really quitting because of all of the nicotine. Most of the problem wasn’t the physical cravings; it was more about the crutch and the whole habit of smoking. I tried gum and it made me kind of sick, it really wasn’t for me.

I felt out of control with smoking and I didn’t understand why I was so compelled to stop for cigarettes when I drove by the store. Most of my habits are healthy and smoking made me feel like a hypocrite. It was this internal drive and this mental block, I was so dependent on it and it was a weakness for me. I told myself that I could quit anytime, but when it really came down to it, I couldn’t. I knew that I needed a little boost or a mental kick start to get me going, but I didn’t know how to go about it.

I found A New Day Hypnosis on Google and I decided to schedule an appointment. I stopped smoking after the first session and I knew that I had the courage and the power to change my habits. It’s been almost two months since I’ve had a cigarette because hypnosis has helped me to change my thought processes and the way that I react to the thoughts that come into my head.

I feel more in control now and I’ve lost the compulsion to smoke. I know now that I control my own destiny and I don’t have to smoke. I learned how to calm myself down without cigarettes and bring myself back to reality. I’ve noticed that my skin is healthier and my body feels healthier. I don’t have dark circles and puffiness under my eyes; my sinuses aren’t congested and my lungs feel clear.

I feel more confident because I don’t have a dirty little secret. I’m practicing what I preach and I am more in alignment. The most important benefit for me has been the overall health benefits; I am both mentally and physically healthier. This is about changing your mindset and I would absolutely recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to stop smoking because sometimes you just need that extra boost.

It really is a mental addiction and a lot of people don’t think of it that way. You can chew the gum and use the patches, but changing the thought process and the mental crutch is what really needs to happen to overcome the addiction. I am confident that I am a nonsmoker permanently because I don’t want to go back to that space. I feel the difference in my body, I have mental clarity, and I feel a lot better.