Frequently Asked Questions from Smokers
How is The STOP Clinic Program more effective than others?
Based on rapid drug detox treatment, our program takes 1 to 5 days to complete and includes weight-loss and weight prevention techniques. Other treatment programs prolong the smoking cessation process with drugs, gimmicks, and nicotine replacement therapies. We help you prepare yourself mentally and “nix the habit” immediately !
Will I be smoke free after the first treatment ?
You will be a non-smoker after the first treatment.
We provide you with behavior modification exercises prior to your first visit to help you address the mental part of the addiction and to make your smoking cessation process both easy and enjoyable.
Some people want follow-up appointments because their addiction is more severe than others.
- The 1st Treatment helps you feel 10 days into the future … meaning, you bypass the first 10 days of your cravings and withdrawal symptoms
- The 2nd Treatment helps you feel 20 days into the future, skipping past the worst part of any addiction … the first 21 days
What should I expect on my first visit?
Other than leaving as a non-smoker, YOU will leave with a calm, mellow and relaxed feeling.
The ear stimulation treatment blocks the cravings, allowing your body to feel as though you have not had the drug for 10 days, by-passing the worst part of any addiction or withdrawal period.
Based on your addiction level, we will schedule a follow-up visit for a reinforcement treatment just to make sure you are successful and past the addiction. This second visit helps you to feel 10 more days into the future … bypassing the first 21 days, which are the worst part of the addiction. It takes 21 days to make new habits and 21 days to break old habits.
Does the treatment hurt?
The treatment is very relaxing ! Your body will feel as relaxed as it felt before you became a smoker.
During the treatment, you feel a mild warming sensation, sometimes all over the body. If you are stressed, you may feel your tight muscles relaxing.
People with emphysema often “carry a weight” on their chest. During the treatment, people report, ” I feel like a cement block is lifting off my chest!”
The treatment is so relaxing, some people fall asleep and some snore!
Will I feel drugged after the treatment; can I drive myself home ?
You will NOT feel drugged. There are no medicines or drugs involved.
You can drive yourself home.
I am 6 weeks pregnant . Is the treatment safe for me ?
The treatment is safe … the relaxation and energy you feel after the treatment is priceless !
Smoking during pregnancy is not safe and can harm your child.
Can anyone have the treatment?
The treatment is safe for all people … even those with heart problems, pace makers, children and people on heavy medications !
This treatment does NOT interfere with any medications you are taking.
Does this treatment help with depression and anxiety?
The treatment gives you energy and passively releases endorphins … the body’s naturally producing “feel good” drugs.
Studies show how most people suffering from depression and anxiety receive the greatest benefits by changing to a healthy diet and learning to address their problems in a more positive manner. We help you achieve these goals.
For thousands of years, the Oriental Natives used this treatment for “fine-tuning” the body. They call it “releasing the chi” .
Can you treat alcoholism with this treatment?
Many people have used our program for their addiction to alcohol.
The treatment program for alcohol addiction lasts for 5 weeks combined with the suggestion of a nutritious diet to fill the void and an outside support system such as Alcoholics Anonymous.
Will this treatment help with Hot Flashes?
Hot flashes disappear completely in 1 to 2 weeks. Hot flashes and other health related issues are addressed in our Food Addiction Program.
Our treatments block the cravings for the undesired foods. We teach you to look at food as a fuel instead of entertainment.
I have an “erection” problem … Will the treatment help with this?
Smoking and poor food choices can definitely interfere with blood circulation and erections.
Most erections return with full vigor within 3 days to one week, unless you have a horrible diet, are morbidly obese or are on a regime of heavy medications.
Will I gain weight? Why do people gain weight? How can you help me lose weight ?
Yes or No !
That totally depends on your mindset.
When a person stops using drugs and stimulants, the body becomes so relaxed, the metabolism slows down. At this point, if the person has poor eating patterns or habits, this is the formula for rapid weight gain to the “tune” of 20, 30, 50+ pounds !
If you fill that empty void with nutritious foods, you can lose weight. If you fill the void with processed foods, you will gain weight … lots of weight !
During our smoking cessation program, we teach methods and combine tools to prevent weight gain. Often clients lose 3 to 6 pounds during their first week of smoking cessation (if they are already overweight).
For the past 20 years, our program has specialized in helping people stop smoking (as well as other drugs) and lose weight at the same time. When you call, I will ask you some questions and decide how fast I think we can help you drop those unwanted pounds. If I feel we can help you, I will commit to you and we can get started right away.
Some clients, who are already morbidly obese, combine our smoking cessation and weight loss programs. The most weight-loss we have witnessed with our program is 28 pounds in one month and 42 pounds in 2 months. This is based on our formula for rapid drug detox.
Our theory is: If you detox the body rapidly and start feeling better right away, you are immediately rewarded with more energy and are more likely to adopt this pattern of eating as a lifestyle change.
How is The STOP Clinic’s Weight-loss Program more effective than others?
Gastric bypass surgery has become very popular recently. Some people do very well with this surgery; some, not so well. What makes the difference? Some people change their diets; others do not. Losing weight / being healthy involves a lifestyle change. A poor diet, lacking nutrition will cause weight gain in any person. Changing the diet to a lifestyle of eating healthy, nutritious, unadulterated and contamination free food not only results in weight loss but also reversing diseases such as obesity and other blood related disorders.Clients considering weight loss surgery are required to go through counseling, change their diet and lose a certain amount of weight to prove they are good candidates for the surgery. If the counseling prior to the weight-loss surgery included a diet change to a pure food diet, the client would automatically lose weight, and felt better immediately. Why would the client still need the surgery?
With the weight-loss surgery, many patients put the weight back on after a year! These unfortunate souls are usually the patients who did not change their diet. Instead of eating the pure foods, the patient is now eating less of the bad foods. Anyone who is morbidly obese would initially lose weight eating very small portions of food … good or bad.
Diet pills, amphetamines, diet drugs such as adarol are not safe for consumption. Starving one’s self to be skinny is extremely hard for the heart and other organs and can lead to sudden death.
Does Insurance cover the program?
United Health Care and Blue Cross Blue Shield have given reimbursement for some people in the past. Those “lucky” or “persistent” people reported that they submitted their receipts (sometimes more than once) along with a detailed letter requesting reimbursement. A referral note with a diagnosis from your physician is also helpful when seeking reimbursement.
Insurance does not usually cover our program because this is considered to be an “alternative treatment program“, i.e., treatment without the use of drugs and surgery. Our treatment protocol is a very ancient technique, used by Europe and Asia for thousands of years !
We have many different programs and offer discounts when combining the programs.
What happens if I stop smoking “cold turkey” ?
- Your blood pressure and heart rate drop to normal 20 minutes after your last cigarette.
- Two hours after you stop smoking, circulation to your fingers and toes improves. (Note: Nicotine withdrawal symptoms usually start about two hours after your last cigarette. Symptoms include cravings, anxiety, trouble sleeping and increased appetite. These usually ease after two weeks.)
- Eight to 12 hours after your last puff, the level of carbon monoxide in your bloodstream drops to normal and the oxygen level rises to normal.
- Your chances of a heart attack decrease—after just 24 hours. The heart attack rate for smokers is 70 percent higher than for non-smokers.
- You start to smell and taste things more vividly again after 48 hours without a cigarette.
- Two to three weeks after you quit, you’ll be able to exercise without feeling winded.
- At the three-month mark, your circulation improves and your lung function increases up to 30 percent.
- You have increased energy. Coughing and shortness of breath are greatly reduced. You are less likely to contract lung infections. This happens by the nine-month mark.
- A year after you quit smoking, your risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.
- Five years after you dump this bad habit, your risk of esophageal, lung, mouth and throat cancers drops dramatically. Your risk of having a stroke is the same as your other nonsmoking pals.
- Ten years after smoking, your lung cancer death rate is about half that of a smoker’s. This is great news; smoking accounts for 90 percent of lung cancer deaths worldwide.
- Fifteen years after you put out the butts, your risk of heart disease is the same as someone who doesn’t smoke.
Comparing Our Program To Others
We introduced The STOP Clinic to the public in 1992 … a time when smoking was still popular. Earlier in 1992, the nicotine patch was introduced by Dr. Rhodes with Duke University.
These 2 programs were “Pioneers” of their times in the Raleigh/Durham, Research Triangle Park area.
Since 1995, several smoking cessation programs have “sprung up.” Below, we will attempt to introduce you to other available methods, giving the pros and cons and comparing them to our program. Keep in mind that many of the smoking cessation programs are new and many times, the success rates they claim are based on other people’s programs.
The STOP Clinic
Our program combines Ear Stimulation Treatments (Auricular Therapy) combined with Counseling, Education and Follow-up Support to address both the physical and mental components of nicotine addiction.
Counseling sessions include behavior modification techniques and tools used to address the mental part of the addiction. Our treatment uses a mild electrical stimulation to blocks cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
Treatment and behavior modification prevents weight gain that is usually associated with smoking cessation. We have a 95 Percent Success Rate. Follow-up visits for on-going support, are available.
This treatment, using needles instead of electrical stimulation, is also known as Auricular Therapy. Acupuncture is considered to be an invasive treatment, due to needles breaking the skin.
Because of the mild bleeding, care needs to be taken to prevent infections and/or the transference of blood; i.e., concerns with hepatitis, HIV, etc. Effectiveness of this treatment increases when counseling is included.
Popular in the Raleigh/Durham area during 2007 era, but not so popular now. The “shot” injects a combination of drugs into the 10th cranial nerve in the ear.
Not only is this drug combination dangerous, “The “SHOT” only targets the physical addiction. It does not target the psychological addiction, which many smokers find harder to conquer. This shot will not result in immediate smoking cessation.
Atarax, one of the drugs, may cause headache, fatigue, depression, insomnia, sedation, nervousness, involuntary motor activity such as tremor and convulsions. Atarax is known to interact with more than a dozen different medications such as narcotics, antidepressants, antihypertensives and benzodiazepines.
Scopolamine (also known as the world’s scariest drug), another drug in this shot, is not safe for human consumption. It can cause side effects such as disorientation, chemical hypnosis, tachycardia and sometimes death.
For those who are not faint of heart, you may want to watch this video before considering consuming Scopolamine.
In Columbia, Scopolamine grows wild as a beautiful tree with large white blooms. The seed pods are picked and used as a powdery drug to rape, rob and sometimes kill. The victim has no memory of the event and sometimes has problems with memory years into the future.
Atropine can cause dozens of side effects such as ocular tension, loss of taste, headache, nervousness, restlessness, drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, flushing, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, bloating, fever, mild to moderate pain at the injection site, loss of libido, and erectile dysfunction.
“The “SHOT” is a very dangerous and invasive treatment. Some reported side effects include:
- Extreme drowsiness
- Excessive vomiting, lasting up to 3 days
- Allergic reactions requiring hospitalization
- Temporary memory loss or disorientation.
Most providers of “The SHOT” require another 2 weeks of medications after the initial “shot”. Because of the dangers associated with this treatment, it is usually administered in a hospital setting, near an emergency room.
Those with heart related problems, pregnant, or on medications are usually denied this treatment. “The “SHOT” can be a very dangerous procedure.
Chantix, NicVax, etc.
Chantix is perhaps the most popular drug offered by the great Pharma. Yet, it can be a dangerous, long and drawn out process. The patient has to take this drug for 2 or 3 months.
Chantix is not recommended for children under the age of 18, or if you are “allergic to anything in it”, according to the information pamphlets enclosed in the prescription package.
You should also avoid Chantix if you are on insulin, asthma medications, blood thinners, have kidney problems, are pregnant, or hope to be pregnant, or are breast feeding. Possible side effects are nausea, constipation, gas, vomiting and suicidal tendencies.
(Package Label Posted: 9/23/2008)
The Food and Drug Administration today said smoking cessation drugs varenicline (Chantix) and bupropion (Zyban and generics) must now carry a “black box” warning that they can increase the risk of psychological side effects. These include unusual changes in behavior, hostility, agitation, depressed mood, suicidal thoughts, and attempted suicide.
( Consumer Reports News: July 01, 2009 07:21 PM )
( Many clients of THE STOP Clinic have reported using Chantix and had to stop after experiencing night mares, negative changes in attitudes, hostility and unusual behaviors. ) March, 2015
Electronic Cigarettes … aka E-Cigs
Cigarette smokers are known to be at higher risk for developing cancers, the biggest risk being lung cancer; tobacco users are 15 to 30 times more likely to be diagnosed with or die as a result of lung cancer than nonsmokers, and tobacco use is responsible for as many as 90 percent of all lung cancer cases [source: CDC]. Despite the marketing claims that e-cigarettes are safer than smoking tobacco, researchers are finding e-cig users experience diminished lung function, airway resistance and cellular changes, regardless of whether or not they currently (or ever) smoke cigarettes. And in the lab, cells exposed to e-cigarette vapor show unhealthy changes similar to cells exposed to tobacco smoke [source: Park et al]. Users who vape nicotine-free e-cigs can’t escape the effects, either; they also experience airway resistance and other signs of inflammation as side effects of e-cigarette use.
Liquid nicotine is extracted from tobacco, but unlike tobacco leaves, liquid nicotine can be lethal. It can cause harm when it’s inhaled, but it can also be harmful when ingested or absorbed through your skin. Only a small dose is dangerous — less than one tablespoon of many of the e-liquids on the market is enough to kill an adult, and as little as a teaspoon could kill a child) [source: Richtel]. The number of calls to poison control centers regarding e-cigarette nicotine-infused liquids rose sharply every month between September 2010 and February 2014, from just one call per month to as many as 215 — that’s a rise from 0.3 percent to 41.7 percent of all emergency calls. As many as 51.1 percent of those calls involved accidental poisoning of kids under the age of 5 (roughly 42 percent involved adults age 20 or older) [source: CDC].
Despite being on the market for several years, many regulatory agencies and health experts aren’t sure just how safe e-cigarettes actually are. Among their concerns is the lack of disclosure of all the ingredients used as well as the lack of (or validity of) health and safety claims by manufacturers about their products. In 2009, for example, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found some cartridges of liquid nicotine contained about 1 percent diethylene glycol (DEG), a toxic chemical ingredient also found in antifreeze [source: FDA].
To make matters worse, the amount of nicotine listed on a cartridge label may not match the actual amount in the cartridge. FDA testing has found cartridges under the same manufacturing label may release significantly different levels of nicotine, ranging from 26.8 to 43.2 micrograms nicotine per 100 milliliter puff. And those nicotine-free cartridges? Lab tests indicate you’re still getting a low dose, despite the claims [source: FDA].
Manufacturers, however, say the e-cigarette is simply recreational, and should not be subject to FDA regulation.
It’s not only smokers who are impacted by the effects of cigarettes; as many as 2.5 million nonsmokers have died from the lethal effects of secondhand smoke between 1964 and 2014 [source: CDC]. Despite the claims they’re a safe alternative to regular cigarettes, e-cigarettes may not completely solve the problem of secondhand exposure to nicotine.
The STOP Clinic teaches self hypnosis techniques (as needed) for those struggling with negative thoughts which can sabotage one’s success.
Hypnosis is relaxing and most affective for treating stress, trauma and phobias. For weight-loss, hypnosis could only work if the client is willing to make major diet and life style changes. Hypnosis alone, would not lead to weight-loss.
Laser treatments are similar to acupuncture, but not as strong as the electrical nerve stimulation treatments provided at The STOP Clinic.
Clients who tried the laser treatments in the past, report The STOP Clinic’s treatment to be significantly more effective and stronger than the laser treatment.
We have found the laser to be more effective for the stimulation of collagen, to reduce wrinkles, rather than treating addictions.
An invasive treatment of placing a staple in the ear, offering a placebo affect. … an ancient procedure and has been around as long as acupuncture itself, a.k.a. “pierced ears”. The Staple is not a good method for either addictions or weight-loss.
Nicotine replacement therapy often delivers more nicotine into the bloodstream than you would receive if you were smoking. If you smoke less than a pack a day, the patch may deliver too much nicotine into the bloodstream and cause an allergic reaction and sickness. The patch can help eliminate the habit of the hand to mouth motion for the more habitual smokers. Use of the patch can cause severe night sweats and nightmares. Success rate is less than 20 percent.
Nicotine replacement therapy sometimes causes a person to trade one addiction for another. This gum is highly addictive.
We have treated people addicted to the gum for more than 12+ years!
This nicotine replacement therapy is not as addictive as the Nicorette gum. Using this just provides another form of nicotine delivery.
Zyban (aka Welbutrin)
If you are not used to taking an antidepressant, this prescribed medication may cause headaches, dizziness, a drugged feeling or disorientation. For some, side affects include depression and suicidal tendencies. Zyban was popular before 2007, but was replaced with the drug, Chantix (see below).
Admirable approach to stop smoking, but not necessary. Some people are more addicted to nicotine than others.
Some people, simply, have a long term habit and are not necessarily addicted to the nicotine. (Just like alcohol; not everyone who drinks is addicted to alcohol.) These people wake up one day and declare to never smoke again!
This, however, is not the normal reaction to nicotine addiction. Most people seek help to deal with the nicotine cravings and withdrawals.
We Can Guarantee Your Success!
Knowledge is POWER… Stop smoking after one treatment and lose unwanted pounds in just one month.
Replace the things in your life that are causing you problems (Bad food, nicotine, negative thoughts and emotions) with clean air, good foods and positive thoughts that give you energy and vitality.
You can give up any drug (and many diseases) forever… A disease cannot live in a healthy environment. Thousands of people have made life style changes with our programs.
Most of our referrals are from former patients, Medical Doctors, Dentists and other Medical Specialists!
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