Within the link to Allan Carr on Reddit r/lastsmoke I came across a very interesting view of Allan Carr's method of having you successfully quit smoking. While it doesn't work for all, a debate broke out. Regardless Allan shared his thoughts and what worked for him, and i personally think he is spot on with great advice.
Here is what one commented about the book.
His method is more like .. 'Oh, I have a craving. What a gross thing. I'm glad I know I don't need to have that smoke, because caving will beget more cravings, and the cycle is endless. I'm happy I don't have to cave, because soon I won't get these cravings. What a wonderful thing!'
It's weird and subtle .. but this kind of thinking gave me a dopamine rush everytime I had a craving. Rather than 'mind over matter (that is, "I will deny myself because I am strong!), it was the Allen Carr Method (that is, "This craving just means it's working! If I didn't have a craving, it would've meant I'd just recently had a smoke! Cravings are awesome; they mean I'm actively breaking the cycle!").
I don't know if that makes sense to you. The weird thing is, I completely understood his psychology trick even when I was using his method (that is, for there to be positive reinforcement when you got a craving, rather than a negative reinforcement which is what the Willpower Method does). Even so, it worked. So it works even if you break it down and understand it.
I hope this has been helpful.
I honestly think you've just misunderstood his point, but do forgive me if I'm just wrong here.
I wish you well :D
Thought it would be a good idea to have people on here who have just quit smoking,
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You all know that i am big on positive thinking, and that cravings must be viewed in a positive way. I have also mentioned how kicking up our dopamine production can give us the satisfaction that smoking once did. I hope someone finds the point of view given helpful.
Don't feel deprived and miserable. Be happy that you have been handed keys to beat this addiction and free yourself from its slavery and ill health. . It may not be the first key tried, but it is there if you are adamant and embrace this journey. Look forward with excitement to a new and better you!
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