Stop Smoking: Amanda

Amanda Wallace
Web Designer
Austin, TX

I had always thought that smoking was so gross, but when I got introduced to cloves three years ago I got sucked into the rabbit hole; I had gotten to the point where I was smoking about two packs of cloves a week. I coughed all the time and I felt terrible. I smelled bad and I was totally dependent on the cigarettes. I felt out of control, I knew it was going to harm me, but I didn't care. I had enormous cravings for cloves and I felt like a junkie trying to get a fix. I felt ashamed doing it because I thought it was so gross. I didn't like people to know that I smoked. I was so dependent on it; I just went to the store without thinking about it and never thought twice about my health.

I figured I could quit smoking on my own and I thought I could do it when I was ready. I tried cold turkey to quit, which never worked and I tried the patches, but they made me extremely nauseated and sick, so I had to throw them away. I had horrible cravings all the time, smoking was on my mind 24-7 and I couldn't stop thinking about it, it felt like I physically needed the cigarettes. I couldn't do it on my own and I realized that I really needed help.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis through Groupon. I went on the website and read other people's testimonials. I wanted to try it because of what other people were saying about it. I decided that this would be a different approach than what I had tried in the past and it was easier than I thought it was going to be.

I stopped smoking a few days after my first session. I didn't have the urge to buy them and I was more aware of what I needed to do because I had a regular reminder. After a few weeks, I noticed that I was breathing better; I had better endurance when I was exercising, and I had more energy.

I have been a nonsmoker for over two months now and I take more value in my health than before; I care about what happens to me. I eat better and I'm more conscious of the decisions that I make. As time goes on, the cravings and urges are less and less. It's just a faint whisper every now and again. It feels good not to depend on something.

The biggest benefit for me has been staying tobacco free and being able to openly talk to Laura about how I feel. It is extremely hard for me to get my issues out there and figure out why they are bothering me even with the people who are closest to me. If I'm not in the mood to talk or feeling crappy, I have a release and I feel so much better when I leave an appointment with her.

I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis because it has been extremely effective. I am confident that I am a nonsmoker permanently. I work with a lot of smokers and I can hear them coughing in the morning and smell the smoke on their clothes and I don't want to go back to that. I care about myself and I am more cautious about what I do, I can feel the difference now and that makes me confident.