Quit Smoking

Nicotine addiction is comparable to that of cocaine and heroin addiction. Over the past few decades, quit smoking programs have come and gone with very little impact on the addiction.

Quit Smoking

Nicotine addiction is comparable to that of cocaine and heroin addiction. Over the past few decades, quit smoking programs have come and gone with very little impact on the addiction. Most of these programs, including Nicorette gum and the “patch”, have been drug (nicotine) based. Common sense would indicate you should not use the addictive substance to overcome the addiction. This approach is like having an alcoholic switch from scotch to vodka to try and quit drinking. The NU ENERGY Method uses your body’s own natural remedies (neurochemicals) to treat the physical aspect of your addiction. Our multi-faceted and technologically advanced approach allows us to achieve one of the highest on-going success rates of any quit-smoking program.

View the PDF research article from the journal of Chinese medicine.

Facts about smoking

  • Health Canada reports that 45,000 Canadians die each year from smoking related illnesses
  • Smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths
  • More Canadians die from smoking than from car accidents, suicides, overdoses, murder and AIDS combined
  • Smokers lose 22 days each year they smoke
  • That means you lose 6 minutes of your life each time you light up

What does nicotine do to the body?

Nicotine is a stimulant that effects the central nervous system. It stimulates the release of neurochemicals, which makes the user feel relaxed and calm.

Many new smokers will experience coughing, dizziness and a dry, irritated throat. Other effects may include nausea, weakness, abdominal cramps, headache, and coughing. Nicotine users develop tolerance to these symptoms the longer they use but the negative effects continue to impact the body even though it may not feel that way.

Addiction to nicotine

Nicotine is physically and psychologically addictive. Nicotine enters the blood within 10 seconds and begins to alter the brain functions. Neurochemicals are released each time you have nicotine which promotes the feeling of well-being. The person using nicotine gets a rush of neurochemicals and experiences a "high" feeling which is why people like it. Over time, a nicotine addiction will begin and if the person tries to stop using nicotine withdrawal symptoms occur.

Nicotine addiction is just as serious as addictions to other drugs. The user builds a tolerance to nicotine and will require more to have the same feeling. Nicotine is extremely poisonous if consumed in large amounts.

Symptoms of nicotine withdrawal can include

  • Restlessness
  • Lowered heart rate
  • Hunger
  • Cravings
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Impatience
  • Anger
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating
  • Coughing
  • Anxiety
  • Depressed mood
  • Impaired concentration

How will Laser Therapy help me quit smoking?

Every time you smoke your body releases neurochemicals; these make you feel relaxed and calm. The mild tingling sensation from the laser treatment stimulates a release of nuerochemicals to physically replace the need for nicotine. The effect of the laser treatment lasts at a high level for up to 2 weeks. Meanwhile physical cravings and withdrawal are dramatically reduced.

The NU ENERGY Method of laser therapy deals with all three parts of the addiction - without medications or side effects:

  1. Physical – After the laser treatment, physical cravings and withdrawal are dramatically reduced.
  2. Psychological – During the treatment you learn how to recognize and deal with triggers, how to stop thinking about nicotine, and positive ways to cope.
  3. Detoxification – You take natural supplements to help cleanse the toxic chemicals from your body.

Are you worried about gaining weight when you quit smoking?

Most people gain 5-12 lb's when they quit smoking - food tastes and smells better; they want something to do with their hands, and their metabolism slows down. When you book your appointment you can request the additional appetite reduction treatment and skill-based tips to help you avoid gaining weight.

Are you negatively impacted by stress, or have trouble sleeping?

You can also request the extra stress reduction treatment and skill-based tips. These additional points help you relax and sleep better; the skill-based tips help you remain in control and feel more confident about quitting smoking.

How many treatments will I need?

My program is set up for 100% success. If you follow the simple steps, all you need is the single one-hour session. If you need more help, use your handouts and call me; I will provide additional help for the first few days, without charge.

Some clients come back for boosters to help keep themselves strong and addiction free. A booster may also be appropriate in the event of triggers to smoke again, for example, going on a vacation, conflict in a relationship, etc.

Is it guaranteed?

Unfortunately, because of the complexities of the psychological side of the addiction, no one can force you to quit smoking but I can help to dramatically reduce the withdrawal and physical cravings. The NU ENERGY Method of quitting smoking supports you in becoming a non-smoker in the easiest possible way.

What does the program include?

  • A thorough assessment of your smoking history
  • Private consultation with a Certified Laser Therapist – Addiction Counsellor
  • 30 minute laser treatment
  • Laser therapy booster session within 8 weeks of first session (you must be smoke-free to redeem since the protocol is different if you have smoked)
  • Behaviour modification for psychological dependency
  • Informational handouts
  • Audio CD
  • Ongoing support for as long as you need.

How much does the program cost?

  • Smoking cessation program: $200
  • Appetite suppression: $10
  • Stress reduction: $10
  • One hour counselling session: $110

My quit smoking laser program can be claimed as a medical deduction on your income tax if it is prescribed by a licenced medical practitioner.

*Consult your benefits carrier for coverage options. Some carriers provide coverage with a letter from a medical doctor. Some flex and health spending accounts may also cover laser therapy. Let me know if you require a letter of reimbursement.