Carol Gallagher

My name is Carol Gallagher and I live in Portland, OR. I have been smoking for about 30-35 years and nothing could help me quit. I knew I had to do something with my life. I tried the patches, I tried the gum, and all they did was make me nervous. I even tried acupuncture but nothing worked. I heard about Positive Changes on TV. It took me about 2 weeks after seeing the commercial before I got the number and called. I was kind of skeptical about it when I first came, but after my first visit, it just changed me for good. Something in my head just said you're going to quit smoking and from that day on, I no longer smoked.

I was smoking about a pack, maybe a pack and a half some days, it depended on if I was upset or nervous. I smoked as soon as I got out of bed, I usually smoked all morning, then I would be all right for the afternoon and then at night I wanted to start smoking again. I was completely out of control when it came to smoking; I would smoke when I was bored, upset or for just any reason. Smoking made me sick to my stomach and gave me headaches. All of this wasn't making me feel very good.

The program at Positive Changes has improved my life so much. Now I can really say I am a non-smoker. I never want to smoke again in my life. Smoking is a bad, bad habit. My mom died from emphysema and it was a really bad death so I never want to go there again.

The hypnosis was so relaxing, and to this day I've learned to relax my body. I'm not as tense anymore like I was. I feel like a new person. I used to be really nervous and shaking all the time and I didn't feel good in my stomach. It was just a horrible feeling, and people who have never smoked don't realize what it's like to quit.

I do think the fee is reasonable for what you get from this program. It's really rewarding and the sessions are great. Positive Changes made me quit for good and I am really satisfied with the results because I know in my mind that I will never start smoking again. I don't feel like an ex-smoker, I feel like I have never smoked before. It was a smart investment. I have a couple of kids who I would love to go through the program and quit smoking.

It was very easy for me to stop smoking, like I said, during the first visit something changed in my head and that was it. I walked out of Positive Changes after my first session and never smoked again, it was great. I really didn't believe that I could quit smoking. I remember telling my hypnotist when they asked me if I would smoke when I leave here and I said, well, if it doesn't help then I probably will, but I left here and never smoked again.

My family is very happy for me. They kept telling me "Mom, I don't want you to die, not like grandma did." My husband said that he didn't want to see me like that either and that is what would have happened if I didn't stop smoking. They have all been very supportive. I'm really happy for that.

My health has improved dramatically. I have so much energy and food tastes so much better. I feel great. I can even be around people who smoke and it doesn't even phase me at all. In fact, it smells gross.

I noticed a big difference in my behavior. Before I would sit in the chair and do nothing but now I have the energy to get up and do things. I have a lot more confidence now that I've quit smoking. I'm taking my dogs for walks and I'm just doing a lot of things that I didn't before. I'm really proud of my accomplishment. I don't want my kids or grandkids to look at me as a smoker. I used to be embarrassed smoking in a lot of places.

The hypnosis did take away urges and cravings. I'm saving so much money by not smoking, it seems like every time I turn around, the price of cigarettes have gone up.

The most important benefit I got from Positive Changes is the overall change in my attitude. My attitude is so much better. I can't say enough about how great the sessions are. They are great for just calming down and relaxing. I'm not as cranky and I'm not as nervous as I was when I was smoking.

If people ask me about Positive Changes, I would tell them that it was absolutely wonderful and the money was definitely worth it. I feel good about myself now. I give a lot of credit to Positive Changes because if it weren't for them, I would still be smoking. Positive Changes changed my life. Hopefully I stopped soon enough before I did permanent damage to my health and maybe now I won't get sick. The people here are great. That's how much credit I have to give them. Thank you very much.

* By following our smoking cessation program, 1 in 3 report a reduction in smoking in fewer than 3 weeks.

Results from a study commissioned by Positive Changes and performed by researchers at The Ohio State University.

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