Wester advocates an approach that is individualized to the patient. Suggestions illustrative of his method are reprinted below. A very positive aspect of his approach is that he has patients send progress postcards for 10 days, and six-month and one-year follow-up cards. Examples of postcards that have been received from patients who had positive responses are reviewed at the end of the session. (Ed.)
As you are enjoying that experience with your conscious mind, your subconscious is now very aware. You are going to experience some interesting things in the next few days and for weeks to come. You don't have to try to figure out why—just enjoy what your subconscious mind is doing for you. Your motivation to quit smoking is going to be higher than it has ever been. Each day you will find yourself feeling more relaxed, comfortable, confident and very much in control. There will be less tension, less anxiety, less tightness and little or no withdrawal. As a result of being more relaxed, confident, comfortable and in control, there will be no need for a cigarette.
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