I was just thinking about this whole stopping smoking situation again, as I am lot at the moment! And wondered what others thoughts might be on the topic.
I've managed to quit in the past, once for 6 weeks before starting again, but recently I've not had so much luck, bailing out after just a day max.
Anyway, I saw an advert for some hypnotherapy, claiming to stop smoking in an hour guarnteed. Great I thought, whats to loose.
So I made an appointment to see the guy, becuase I was traveling around a bit before hand and then had some visitors after the appointment wasnt until about 3 weeks in the future, plenty of time to get my head ready for the big day.
So I went to the appointment, had a chat with the guy for an hour or so while he told me a few bits and peices, most that I knew about the chemicals in the ciggies, about the 'habbit' being the real 'addiction' etc, etc. And then telling me that it was all in my head and if I saw that then I would never have any craivings etc... me being a very cinical person was thinking mmmm, right, wait till I get out of this office and then we'll see... we also did a bit of a hypno thingy for about 30 mins, during which I'll add my phone went off which I'm sure didnt help the situation. so basically I wasnt feeling too good about the situation when I left.
Right, so hypno and chat out the way, the guy was paid and I went on my way, I went straight round to my dive shop to have a chat with the guys in there, most smokers, and didnt have any desire to smoke at all, well almost no desire anyway, so of course was thinking, maybe there is something to all this hypno stuff, great!
Later that night though I was starting to feel a little weaker and one of my good friends had asked me out for a few drinks and something to eat, this usually ends badly for me as she can drink me under the table any day of the week... so we went out and sure enough 4 or 5 drinks later those ciggies were starting to look very good indeed, and not too much later I was straight back to where I started and a good half a pack gone in the course of the night.
So, Sat morning (my quit day you'll note) I was nursing my hangover and pondering the situation, 'well the hypnotherapy obviously didnt work too well did it?' so thought to myself, right, this is it, I know I have to quit sometime and if paying someone loads of cash doesnt work then I'll just have to do it the hard way.
So here we are, day 5 and the problem I have is deciding how much good the hypnotherapy has actually done for me. It certainly feels easier than it has done in the past during the first week, of course I would still pull out each of my toe nails to have a single ciggie but there seems to be something more stopping me, something that wasnt there before stopping me from thinking 'sod it, lets just have another...just one'
Has anyone else had something similar to this or would I be fairly unique in this experience, would be very keen to hear others views on the topic.
Sorry this is so long by the way, amazing how much energy you get for things once you have nother better to do (i.e. a smoke!).