Smoke Free STILL GOING STRONG! You did what you promised!
I have been an off and on casual smoker most of my life until I married and had children. I was always able to have the occasional cigarette whenever I chose then not smoke again for years, so I always knew that it was my CHOICE to smoke an occasional cigarette, but never allowed myself to become hooked - or so I thought. Until there came a time I was not able to stop and I became a full-time smoker from work stress and that was my “go-to”. Since I didn’t drink or have any other outlet I felt that I should be afforded the comfort of smoking if I felt like it. That is until it became taboo and people felt ostracized by society if they smoked. I felt embarrassed if anyone could smell smoke on my and most of all I felt like I was “hooked” and could NOT let it go even when I tried to. I tried everything. To feel like I didn’t have that choice anymore just took so much out of my life and I needed to find help to quit. Most of all, my older sister suffered for 5 years with cancer and it took her life in the end, so I HAD to get this under control. I did manage to quit cold turkey on my own for about 5 years and had no cravings to touch a cigarette, but then I thought I was safe after not smoking for so many years. One time, when I was out with friends, I ended up smoking a cigarette. I was worse off and smoking more in a day than I ever had before. I was truly hooked!
Then I found Greg at Time to Heal. A friend of mine told me he had been hypnotized some 20 years ago to stop smoking and hadn’t smoked since, so I called through the phone book. I found 3 and out of all 3, Greg was the only one (yes, the only one) who called me back himself on a Saturday (not the secretary) and asked me the questions he needed to know to make my plan to stop smoking once and for all. I told Greg that he was my last hope and I know this sounds dramatic but I was at the end of my rope to quit because the more I tried on my own, the worse I was getting hooked! I told him that if I didn’t do it this time with his help, I would feel completely defeated and not have the confidence to feel like I could quit again if he couldn’t help me. I felt so alone against a problem that I found was impossible to solve - to quit smoking once and for all. We spoke at great length and I offered all info to help my situation, as to why I liked smoking (I thought it would make me relax), why I didn’t like to smoke, why it upset me to be hooked, when I turned to cigarettes and what I had tried to do to quit. I told him everything I could think of because that gave Greg the inside track into my mind so he could find the triggers to get me to stop smoking. I really couldn’t believe how much time Greg spent analyzing why I smoked and how patient he was. He explained just how addictive cigarettes are and I soon realized I had turned to the right person. I was so fortunate fate brought me to get in touch with Greg. Many other friends of mine have gone other places and they have gone back to smoking but, I am still free of this awful problem years later and feeling without a doubt that I will NEVER put a cigarette to my mouth again. It is such a foreign habit now and I truly do not remember the feeling of smoking. I am still in awe every time I’m around a chain smoker and I feel absolutely NO URGE to smell it. I can’t even remember smoking a cigarette in my past, it seems like it was someone else.
So Greg, you did what I asked you to do - I get nauseous when I smell cigarette smoke - it is disgusting. It feels so good to be free of that habit. I can never thank you enough. Plus, you gave me the ability to relax faster when the time presents itself by using the techniques you taught me. Getting into a deep spot where I can get inner peace quite easily and on limited time.
Christine M. - Real Estate Agent - Windsor, Ontario