Joan St. Marie

My name is Joan St. Marie and I live in Boise, ID. I'm a Human Resource Specialist with the Bureau of Land Management. I've been a non-smoker since January 20th, 2009. I quit smoking after my first hypnosis session at Positive Changes.

I felt like an outcast as a smoker. I had friends who wouldn't want to walk with me, ride in my car or come to my house because I smoked. I always felt dirty as a smoker. I felt that everywhere I smoked was a dirty place; not just normal dirty, but ghetto dirty.

I was constantly trying to hide the effects of smoking on my life whether it was suppressing a coughing fit, cleaning, spraying, or even painting my house. I spent so much money on deodorizers it wasn't even funny.

I have gingivitis and I felt like I wasn't entitled to keep my teeth. I had dental professionals tell me that they couldn't help me if I continued to smoke. I spent 22 years in the Air Force and I wasn't known at the local VA clinic as a Veteran or a hero, but as a smoker.

I've noticed many health improvements since I quit smoking with Positive Changes. I have lowered cholesterol and blood pressure. I'm not winded so quickly when I'm walking or riding a bike. I can remember having a headache every day for 20 years and I don't have one anymore. I also have a more positive outlook on life. I think I'm a healthier person all the way around.

I was smoking about a pack a day for over 35 years when I came to Positive Changes. I heard about Positive Changes Hypnosis on TV and knew that if I was going to quit smoking, it would have to be with a different mindset. I had tried so many different methods to quit smoking and when I realized that all these other methods weren't going to work for me, I decided to try Positive Changes.

I felt it was very easy to stop smoking with Positive Changes. I was committed and ready to make it work. I had tried stopping with other methods like the patch, pills and gum as well as going to seminars, reading of all the dangers, talking with my doctor and attending counseling sessions. Nothing worked. On previous attempts to quit, I'd cry easily, lose my temper, and not be able to sleep. I felt very out of control as if my body was committing mutiny. I felt lonely without the cigarettes as if I'd lost my best friend. I felt a huge empty place in my life without a cigarette to be my friend. I felt I could get past the physiological addiction but the psychological kept me smoking cigarettes.

Today, I feel very much in control for the first time in my life. I'm free to have feelings and deal with them instead of hiding my feelings with smoking. I've endured a couple of personal crises since I've quit smoking with Positive Changes and was able to get through them successfully without turning to cigarettes as a crutch. Through each one, I felt better about being a non-smoker and more confident that I wouldn't ever smoke again.

I live a little less than three miles from work and it's all up hill but I ride my bike there several times a week when the weather is good and I walk with my dogs twice a day all year round.

 I feel in control of all aspects of my life now. Hypnosis did not eliminate all urges for the cigarette, but they were so small and slight that they were controllable and manageable, that was and to this day is a wonderful gift. Stopping smoking has given me more confidence. Now that I'm in control of my life, I feel like I can handle whatever life has to offer. I know what my goals are and I feel like I'm entitled to the feelings that I have because they are part of the person I am. I don't have to hide behind a cigarette anymore. I'm proud of who I am. Not only am I free of cigarettes, but I no longer take anti-depressants.

The most important benefit I've received from Positive Changes is my improved health. I'm a happier person. I would, and have, recommended Positive Changes. A friend has already said to me I'm a walking billboard for Positive Changes. I am confident I am a non-smoker permanently.

* 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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