Stay Abstinent from Smoking Mindfully

Stay Abstinent from Smoking Mindfully   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “I liken it to having weeds in your garden. Standard treatments—for example, avoiding triggers such as ashtrays and lighters or using substitutes such as eating carrot sticks and chewing on your pen—just pull the heads off the weeds, so they grow back. […]

MORE Mindfulness for Stopping Smoking

MORE Mindfulness for Stopping Smoking   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “I liken it to having weeds in your garden. Standard treatments—for example, avoiding triggers such as ashtrays and lighters or using substitutes such as eating carrot sticks and chewing on your pen—just pull the heads off the weeds, so they grow back. […]

Reduce Cigarette Smoking and Cravings with Mindfulness

  By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “Mindfulness, which is commonly described as present-moment, nonjudgmental awareness, can be an effective tool for riding out cravings and “sitting with” the distress associated with the quitting process. Furthermore, mindfulness can help foster an attitude of acceptance of present-moment challenges and thoughts (such as, “Quitting feels extremely […]

Quit Smoking Mindfully

  “Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.” – Mark Twain   “Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. Cigarette smoking kills more than 480,000 Americans each year, with more than 41,000 of these […]

Improve Thinking in Substance Abusers with Yoga

Improve Thinking in Substance Abusers with Yoga   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “When people take substances, they’re seeking a certain experience, whether it’s escapist or transcendental or just wanting a different psychological state, to get away from whatever is making them unhappy. Yoga is an alternative, a positive way to generate a […]