Will It Work for You?
As much as we're all unique individuals, there are certain things that are simply the same for all living creatures. Like the heart pumping blood through your veins, other creatures all have a heart pumping blood through their veins, too. There are differences in size, speed, strength of the heart, and the volume of the blood it pumps, but the general principle is universal.
The principles employed by this program are universal in a similar way. We've taken advantage of the universal nature of psychological principles like classical conditioning, experiential learning, and grief processing to create a process that applies to every human being. Then we created exercises and procedures to tailor the principles to fit your specific circumstances - so you end up with a program that works for you.
Simple Step-by-Step Program
This may be the best news of all - although this program is based on some relatively complex cognitive science, the step-by-step nature of the program means you don't have to understand all of that cognitive science for the program to work for you. The exercises tap into your experiential cognitive system by virtue of their design, so as long as you follow the simple instructions, it will work whether you understand the underlying psychological principles or not.
For example, you'll learn simple techniques to eliminate 'triggers' to smoke based on the principle of classical conditioning. But you won't need to understand the stimulus-response relationship, or the principles of generalization or extinction for it to work for you. All you have to do is follow the simple instructions, and your brain will automatically be re-trained to quit producing the urge to smoke. It's complex under the surface, but the process itself is actually quite simple.
Quitting Has Never Been Easier
When you begin the program, one of the first things you'll notice is how different it feels to quit this way. While it's normal to feel nervous about quit day, you'll find that the first two weeks of the program walk you through a process that gets you so ready to quit that when quit day comes, many people say it's actually the best day of the program. It is the culmination of the work that you've done to get ready, so the first smoke-free day really feels like a reward for the work that you've already done.
The second thing that sets this program apart is how it deals with support after you quit. Since you've set yourself up for success during the first two weeks, the after-you-quit part isn't the struggle that it has been in the past. You'll still need support, and there's more to do, but instead of a focus on "getting through it," the after-you-quit support is a joyful experience of rebuilding your life with only the things you want in it. I can promise you that it is a unique approach that will feel entirely different than what you've experienced in the past.
What's in the Course: The Nitty-Gritty
The course consists of a program manual/workbook, combined with e-mail and phone support. The program itself is divided into three segments, and is part structured, part self-paced. Here's how it works:
Segment 1: Get Ready to Quit
In this first segment, you get the necessary information to help you prepare to begin the program, including a 'myth-busting' section that will help you understand why previous attempts failed, motivate you towards success, and orient you to the basic approach.
This segment is self-paced, and most people are able to complete it within a day or two.
Segment 2: Step-by-Step to Quit Day
The next segment of the program is a 15-day step-by-step process leading you to Quit Day. You'll have a roadmap showing you exactly what to do to arrive at your first smoke-free day happy and excited to become an ex-smoker. During the 15 days, you'll gradually and painlessly reduce your nicotine intake using a tapering-and-switching strategy, and you'll begin to eliminate the psychological connections between smoking and your everyday life. At the end of this time, you are ready, both physically and psychologically, to smoke your last cigarette.
You'll need about 2-4 hours per week during this two-week period to focus on the exercises, but most of what you're doing for this segment is embedded in what you already do, so it won't take a lot of extra time.
Segment 3: After You Quit
The final program segment is self-paced, so you can go as quickly or slowly as you like. In this segment, you'll focus on strategies to guarantee your long-term success. This includes exercises to deal with any remaining psychological issues around smoking, as well as a focus on creating the life you want. For example, you'll learn techniques for safely re-integrating the activities and people you want in your life, recreating your self-image as a non-smoker, and building into your life new and better ways for dealing with old problems like stress, anxiety, and boredom.
This can be a really fun and exciting part, so some people choose to fully immerse themselves and do it quickly, while others like to take their time. In truth, many of these activities may be things you want to embed in your life as an on-going habit, so at some point it will stop feeling like you're 'doing a program' and will just feel like you're living your life - your new and better life as a non-smoker!
Throughout the program unlimited e-mail support is available to you. Anytime you have a question, need help applying a technique to your situation, or simply want a sympathetic ear, you can e-mail Dr. Sykes and expect a helpful response within 24 hours. You also have the option of scheduling a one-on-one phone call with Dr. Sykes for help with anything that arises that may be too challenging to address over e-mail.
What to Expect
As you go through the program you will learn a lot about yourself and your smoking habit, but most of it won't be 'book' learning. It will be 'experiential' learning, which means you won't be memorizing things, you'll simply be experiencing things in new ways. These new experiences are the key to training your brain to respond in different ways, automatically and effortlessly.
Cigarette Cravings Will Fade Away
If you're like most people, you will continue to experience urges to smoke for a little while even after quitting, but they won't be anything like the gut-wrenching cravings you've had in the past. During Segment 2, you spend 15 days training your brain and your body to STOP craving cigarettes. By the time Quit Day rolls around, any urges to smoke will be more of a passing thought, and you'll know exactly what to do with them. Eventually even the passing thoughts about cigarettes will fade away, and you'll be completely free from smoking.
Withdrawal Symptoms Will Be Minimal
Most people who quit using this method don't have any severe physical withdrawal symptoms because of the nicotine tapering process. You may have some minor symptoms, but if you do they will likely be relatively short and mild.
Your body will also go through some changes as it adapts to its new condition - for instance, many people experience an INCREASE in coughing for a little while as their lungs begin to clear out years or decades of smoking crud. These kinds of changes are part of the body's incredible ability to heal itself, and while no one really likes to cough, knowing that it's actually a part of the healing process makes it easier to handle.
Feelings of Anger, Depression, Emptiness and Deprivation Go Away
The anger and depression many people experience when quitting are actually stages in the Grief Process, which is a normal human process that people go through when they've lost something, like a loved one, or a job. The problem with quitting smoking is that sometimes people get stuck in the phase of anger or depression, rather than passing through those stages. This program has specific techniques to ensure you don't get stuck in anger or depression.
If you've quit before, you've probably experienced feelings of 'emptiness,' like something is missing and nothing you substitute quite does the trick for you. Or maybe you've been in a setting where others were smoking, and you had feelings of deprivation or jealousy.
The program provides techniques specifically designed to minimize feelings of emptiness and deprivation during the quitting process. More importantly, even if you do experience some of these feelings, once you've addressed the ways cigarettes have a hold on you psychologically, these feelings go COMPLETELY away. You will NOT have to feel empty and deprived for the rest of your life as a non-smoker. Those feelings won't be there.
No Need to Gain Weight
Many folks are concerned about gaining weight when they quit smoking. The main cause of weight gain when you quit is the substitution of food/snacking for smoking. If you've quit before and gained weight, or if you've known others who have gained weight when they quit, you may realize that this is mainly a function of trying to figure out what to do to keep from smoking, and also to deal with feelings of 'emptiness.'
The program has a built-in technique to eliminate the tendency to substitute food for smoking. You'll practice this technique during the first two weeks of the program, while you're still smoking, so that after you quit you will already have strategies in place to prevent weight gain.
In short, the Complete Quit System will provide you with:
You'll also learn about:
What You Get with the Complete Quit System
The Step-by-Step Program Manual/Workbook
This downloadable program manual includes both the step-by-step instructions regarding what to do each day of the program, and the specific exercises you'll do to make sure the program is getting at exactly what you need to quit successfully. The program works to get rid of your desire to smoke by eliminating the psychological addiction to cigarettes.
You'll be able to download the manual/workbook immediately, so you can get started right away if you like. (The Premium version of The Complete Quit System also includes a hard copy binder of the program manual/workbook and materials.)
Unlimited E-mail Support
At any point in the program, if you need help, don't understand something, or simply need some suggestions about how to apply a technique to your specific circumstances, you can e-mail Dr. Sykes and get a helpful response within 24 hours.
This is a personalized, non-automated response discussing your particular issue - You are not alone!
One-hour Phone Consultation
Included with the program at no extra charge, you may arrange to have a one-on-one phone consultation of up to one hour with Dr. Sykes.
This is especially useful if you find yourself having difficulties that may be too complex to describe over e-mail, or if you simply feel you need the personal attention to get moving in the right direction.
The program comes with an unconditional 12-month guarantee. If you're not satisfied, you simply ask for your money back, and you'll get it - simple as that.
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