Me as a Quitter

So you must know by now that i have quit smoking.  this time for good.  yup, i have said that before, and no i cannot tell the future, but i am pretty damn sure i will never again be a smoker.  it’s crazy that it has taken this long to figure it out but i finally have, the 2 things that will make this time different.  1) i’ll get over it.  The last time i quit was for 8 months.  I was A-OK by that time, tripping along without a care in the world. i know that as bad as it is now (and it’s not that bad, keep reading) it’ll be over soon and i will be a happy and healthy non smoker. 2) there is no such thing as 1 cigarette.  nope, not even one.  i am pretty sure that my addiction will never die.  it may get smaller and weaker but it will always be there, whispering (instead of screaming) that i can have just one.  this is not true, it’s a lie, it’s my addiction trying to trick me into becoming a smoker again.  Sorry kiddo, like i said, i have no idea what took me so long…but i wont be tricked again.

I mentioned it isn’t that hard, and you were all “fuck off it’s not” and i was all “yeah huh”…..The method i am using to quit is laser acupuncture.  Thanks be to Groupon and Josie.  I had tried traditional acupuncture before and had poor results, mainly because i was not a fan of the treatment.  I had never heard of laser acupuncture when Groupon featured a deal on Revitalize Now.  I hemmed and hawed, it was a great deal and i had already decided to quit right around Canada day, but it was a lot of money.  In the final hour Josie emailed to ask if i had seen the deal and that she knew of a few people it had worked for.  After spending a day debating this was what i needed to push me in the right direction, and i am very glad i accepted the push.  Rachel at Revitalize Now is awesome.  She is a holistic healer who really wants people to be smoke free.  We had a phone and in person consultation where we discussed my reasons for quitting and what it would take to be successful.  She then laid me out and performed the treatment while i listened to a hypnotherapy CD about quitting smoking.  The treatment lasts about 30 minutes and consists of painless pricking sensations on the ear acupuncture points and a pulsing on the hand points.  Rachel also recommends adjusting your diet to accommodate a detox (more vitamin C, adding magnesium and a green shake, etc), gives you the hypnotherapy CD to listen to every day (i listen to it as i fall asleep), sends daily inspirational texts, and makes you do “homework” to get to some of the psychology of the addiction.  So far i am amazed by the results.  Other than this regime i am going cold turkey but have yet to have a really psychotic moment which i have experienced in the past.  The thoughts are still there (“i can’t do this”, “i don’t want to do this”) but they are not accompanied by screaming and crying and generally losing my shit.  I think it’s because the physical symptoms are almost non existent (which is what the laser works on) and so the psychological without the physical just does not have as much power.  I am not saying it’s easy…it’s hard.  I still have my moments where i WANT TO SMOKE GODDAMMIT!!!  And moments where i feel lost without the habit. Unlike previous quit attempts these thoughts and feelings are manageable and i know from past experiences that this is easier than it has ever been.  When i say it was expensive you should know that i got a kickin’ deal through Groupon (i’ve said it before, if you are not signed up you’re a sucker) but i would recommend this treatment even at the regular price.  it’s your life you’re saving after all.

Jenn to Van Chick on the ride home from work today: “boy it’s nice not to have to wait for you to smoke!”


and this JC has creepy laser beam eyes….ok, gonna go listen to my hypnotherapy CD now…..


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Jenn
    Jul 29, 2010 @ 15:47:29

    He DOES have creepy laser beam eyes! And you wouldnt want your homeboy to hate you either. Especially when its Jesus.


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