How to Quit Smoking Even If You Don't Want To
by Barbara Miller
Trafford Publishing

"I said you could keep smoking. I didn't say it was going to be enjoyable."

Right from the start, Miller unapologetically defies the accumulated wisdom of years of addiction treatment research. Considering that countless people have unsuccessfully tried time and again to quit smoking using conventional methods, Miller's unabashed defiance of them might not be a bad thing. As the author succinctly points out, most smoking cessation methods involve external approaches (e.g. taking a pill or applying a patch). The Barbara Miller Plan (BMP Method) shuns external methods and instead advocates stimulating change from within. The basic premise of the BMP Method approach is that in order to successfully quit and avoid relapse, one must internalize the perception that smoking is not an enjoyable activity.

Miller, a former smoker who successfully quit using her own method, lays out the step-by-step instructions. She begins with the basics, including choosing the right time to quit, developing the right mindset, and exploring common obstacles to quitting. Then, Miller once again completely turns conventional addiction treatment wisdom on its head by instructing quitters to avoid telling others of their cessation plans, avoid outwardly displaying the signs of withdrawal (no pity parties here, folks), and essentially, avoid reaching out to external sources of support. Instead, soon-to-be ex-smokers look within themselves for the strength they need to go ten minutes without a smoke... then an hour, then up to four hours to get ready to quit.

Since nicotine addiction is a personal problem, it does make sense that an effective cessation program would involve intense inner reflection, meditation, and self-hypnosis. And while quitting an addictive behavior is never without its challenges, Miller's no nonsense manner of dealing with these challenges is highly appealing. Her momentary humor scattered throughout the book provides a pleasant distraction from the weighty subject at hand. Smokers who give the BMP Method approach a try are likely to be happily surprised by the one-of-a-kind advice found here.

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