Does Allen Carr's method quit smoking method really work?
March 4, 2011 1:21 PM Subscribe
Looking for thoughts on Allen Carr's "The Easy Way to Stop Smoking"? Does it really work?
posted by ktpetals to Health & Fitness (21 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
I'm on the 3rd day of my 3rd (or maybe 4th?) attempt to quit smoking since October. It's probably my 15th or so attempt since I first started smoking about 2 years ago. My last relapse was after a month and a half of not even wanting a cigarette (but then I had an intense therapy session and all of a sudden, I wanted one).
After a day of quitting once again, I saw a couple of people on Metafilter recommending "The Easy Way to Stop Smoking", so I downloaded it. I was, at first, a little annoyed by the first 50 pages being a sales pitch for the book, but when I got through the basic tenets (you smoke because it's an addiction, not b/c you like it, think of how awesome it will be to be free of cigarettes rather than thinking of it as a sacrifice), I'm actually surprised to find that quitting seems much less arduous. I feel more relaxed about it, I'm excited about not feeling sick and tired all the time, and I'm able to be more dismissive of "the nicotine" telling me to go out and buy cigarettes.
As I noted though, I'm on day 3, and I've relapsed after quitting for as long as 3 months. There's a part of me that wonders if what seems to be a re-conceptualizing of smoking will last in the long term. I also, contrary to his advice, am chewing nicotine gum (usually about 3 4mg pieces a day - only when I really feel like I want one). I'm wondering, people who've read the book - did it work for you? Are you now a happy ex-smoker, as Carr contended? If it did work, why was it effective?