Overcoming your Smoking Habit: David F Marks:

Ok, so here we go!! As I said many many books…………..But are they all successful?

This book is slightly older (2005) and it is endorsed by the US public health service,not that it means a lot to most of us or influences us in choosing books to help us stop smoking.

Have you tried and failed to give up smoking? Most smokers have. But Professor David Marks’s method has been scientifically evaluated, and the programme’s quit-smoking rates are among the highest on record, using a step-by-step week-long programme to help you stop smoking for good. Via highly acclaimed CBT techniques, proven effective in how to ‘re-programme’ your mind not to want to smoke, you will not have to rely on will power alone.”

This book looks at understanding your habit, how to stop smoking  and how to get a life as a non smoker.CBT techniques are used in the book to help you break that addiction. Author is an ex smoker so he understands that side of the addiction and it’s not all theory.

What is interesting (for me anyhow) is that the author lived in NZ for some time and developed the ISIS stop smoking programme and I did this programme and I have to say that while it was not successful long-term, I did stop for about a year or 18 months so it is successful but not for me long-term but I think it was more i was weak willed.See my link https://runtontorun.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/so-liar-or-addict-which-is-it-to-be/ with this and looking and thinking of it now, yes, very much CBT methods!!

Two Golden Rules:

You smoke a cigarette every time you want one.

Practice the CBT exercise whenever you feel like smoking.

You do a series of exercises designed to deprogram your brain and its addictive thinking mode over a week whilst still smoking

You still need to choose a day and actually stop which is the main sticking point for most of us smoking but the notion is by then most of the deprogramming will be done so it will be easier to stop.

This is similar to the method I used (not the chain-smoking though) and it does make it easier but like I said, you still need to actually stop. My only scepticism with this method and other similar deprogramming methods, how can you change what you have been doing for years or decades in a week?

I like that the book is not get into the happy mode and stop smoking or its easy to stop or painless. That is crap!! Neither do you need to find your inner peace, mindfulness or any weirdo stuff………..

Despite the quickness in deprogramming years old thinking, I think this programme is a goer!! I give it a thumbs up and why not give it a try? Similar to Allen Carr with the brainwashing but it works.

Stay Strong and Smoke free!!

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