Allan Carr claims that, despite what most smokers believe, quitting smoking is EASY
Allan’s book challenged and changed a lot of my perceptions around cigarette smoking. It re-established the hope I had lost at ever being free of the destructive addiction of nicotine slavery.
He instructs you to continue smoking while reading the book and that you must not stop until you have completed the book in its entirety. Before I was even nearly finished, my fear of quitting had turned to excitement, a massive achievement all in itself right?
The sad reality for me though — is the excitement didn’t last.
The fist 24-48 hours were easy, it did feel like a miracle. But once the first craving came, there were more. I could feel the precise moment that the ease of not smoking gave way to the mental struggle of will power against will power.
The excitement turned to a feeling of deprivation followed by extreme emotional crashing and burning.
Allan Carr himself mentioned that as soon as quitting becomes about willpower, you face certain torture and your chances of success rapidly plummet.
I re-read the book three times, each time following the pattern of excitement, hope, deprivation, crash and burn. Each attempt ending in the buying of a desperate pack of cigarettes and chain smoking them all night.
Am I free?
… not really.
Despite the eye opening points of view that Allen expressed in his book, I could not remove the core beliefs that kept me coming back to the ranks of the ash zombies.