The following video excerpts from an 80-minute interview address several topics that are explored in more detail in Todd Goodwin's book, Break the Chains of Smoking: How to Escape the Mental and Emotional Prison That Keeps You Addicted. Watch to the end of the final video to learn about our DELUXE educational package, which includes the book and several bonuses, including the entire video interview.
It may surprise you, but "hoping" and "trying" to quit actually weakens you and increases the odds of failure. In contrast, intending to stop smoking and making an effort with an effective action plan often leads to success. The key is to avoid giving away your power (also known as having an external locus of control). Once you stop blaming your challenges on nicotine and realize that you have the potential power to stop smoking easily and naturally, you take a BIG step towards your freedom.
You've been misled to believe that most addictions are caused by chemicals, addicts are always "in recovery," and treatment must focus on behavioral change. In reality, many addictions (chemical or otherwise) are emotionally compulsive habits that are caused by emotional distress, and whose roots are disempowering thoughts and beliefs. Once the mental and emotional aspects of addiction have been effectively addressed at the subconscious level, behavioral change can be simple and permanent.
There are 4 primary reasons why smokers fail to stop smoking completely or eventually relapse after initially quitting. The most well known reasons (especially the chemical explanation, nicotine) are ultimately less important than the 4th reason. And it's that 4th reason that is what often causes an ex-smoker to fall off the wagon, even after years of being smoke-free. Make sure that you know all of the reasons for relapse and are prepared to handle them BEFORE you quit.
Identity is the most important driver of behavior when smoking and quitting. A major problem with addiction treatment, weight loss and/or smoking cessation programs is the primary focus on behavior modification. While one's behavior can, over time, shape one's identity, an identity shift is one of the fastest ways to break unwanted habits.
Most people are somewhat overwhelmed, especially smokers. The need to distract from emotional distress caused by old traumas or present life challenges, gives addictions and compulsive habits a strong hold over so many. Attempting to quit smoking often increases stress to levels that are too high for smokers to handle without cigarettes, and so they relapse (or they abuse food or alcohol to compensate). One key to successful smoking cessation (and weight loss, addiction recovery, etc.) is to resolve emotional issues before quitting.
Smokers are "addicted" not because of nicotine but because they have become mental slaves. Imagine a cult that recruits young members with false promises, requires them to donate lots of money every year, later damages their social life, self-esteem, and health, and then eventually kills them. These cult members (smokers) become mental slaves who are emotionally dependent on the abusive cult leader (cigarettes), and whose mindset and behavior keeps them in the cult year after year. Are you a member of this cult who wants to break free?
Todd Goodwin reveals the most common and damaging misconceptions about smoking cessation, discussed in greater detail in his book, Break the Chains of Smoking: How to Escape the Mental and Emotional Prison That Keeps You Addicted. Until now, you've been deprived of this critical knowledge. After the video, click here to learn about our DELUXE package to gain all the knowledge you need to quit smoking successfully!