Review of Stop Smoking and Chewing Tobacco for LIFE CHANGES by Sharon Schulz-Elsing (See nonfiction archives)
From the Springfield Business Journal's Salute to Health Care, Vol. 22, No. 10, September 24-30, 2001, pgs. 28-29, Springfield,
MO, "Eight Family Deaths Inspire Stop-Smoking Workbook," by Mike Schilling, Excerpts: "The Johnsons base their
program on three major principles: Tobacco is the problem, not yourself... Nurture, protect, and care about yourself MORE
than tobacco... Set a date and quit tobacco for life changes... People don't have to go to meetings... They can pick and choose...
They can do it themselves (with LIFE CHANGES) ... a core base for working on skills to quit and stay tobacco-free... People
(can) make a dramatic healthful switch in their lives...onto an entirely different pathway..."
Read Dr. Johnson's online interview on writing the book, Stop Smoking and Chewing Tobacco for Life Changes
with Dallas H. Franklin, publisher of Sell Writing
Online. Use Microsoft's Navigator Browser to access the link to the interview below:
Read Dr. Johnson's interview at SWO here with your Navigator Browser:
Excerpts from Dr. Blaine's review of LIFE CHANGES:
"I have been helping patients quit for over 25 years. Many smokers
look for something that works (fast) so they try gum, a patch, or drug (Zyban aka Wellbutrin or Buproprion). What they must
realize... the essential ingredient in the quitting formula is their determination to succeed... stopping tobacco use has
a little bit to do with intelligence and a lot to do with persistence. It has everything to do with packing the brain with
quit and the techniques to help you accomplish your goal... LIFE CHANGES is packed full of reasons to quit
and exercises to help you take control of your life back from tobacco. It helps expose tobacco not as the friend that settles
you down and keeps weight off, but the enemy that robs you of over a decade of what should be golden years.
I like this
book and whole-heartedly recommend it to my patients. Congratulations to David and Carole Johnson! Through their book they
will save and touch more lives than they will ever know... (LIFE CHANGES) helps you develop tools that, when achieved, will
be far more powerful forces to combat tobacco reduction than any patch or gum could ever possibly do."
Customer Review for Stop Smoking and Chewing Tobacco for LIFE CHANGES
Excerpts from a March 10, 2002, Review of LIFE CHANGES
at Amazon.com under "Check This Out" ... "read Stop Smoking and Chewing Tobacco for LIFE CHANGES ... realized
something ... new and different!... appeals to any one who needs a fresh approach to 'just quitting.'... put me on the right
path filled with information and humor... using my own creativity..." Rated *****
Read Dr. Johnson's Interview on writing and the book,
LIFE CHANGES, with Simona Nielsen, at the Writers'Work
Select this link for the Nielsen interview:
Stop Smoking and Chewing Tobacco for LIFE CHANGES
By David l. Johnson, Ph.D. & Carole A. Johnson, I.D.
2001, Infinity Publishing.com, ISBN=0-7414-0481-8
$19.95 Preview at:
Reviewed by Billie A. Williams
Life Changes is more than just a healthy read. It is an activity book that will take you step by step through some very
positive life style changes that can help you cease to use tobacco products or, I would venture to include any other challenges
you face in life.
With the Johnsons help you identify the problem situations where you would use tobacco. Then you develop specific plans
for each situation so that you can visualize yourself dealing positively with the situation. Then you can use your plan when
the situation or one similar presents itself. By mentally rehearsing the plan, success is more likely. They stress that you
should reward yourself when you do well, but not be afraid to modify your plans when necessary.
The Johnsons have designed an interactive read and do program. First you read about tobacco and all its effects on your
life and health. Then (they) address the principles you need to adapt to focus on your plan for action, these include confidence,
competence, commitment and creativity which he calls 4-Cing the future.
Key principles in Life Changes makes it a book of crucial strategies that provide effective cessation tools with skill-based
exercises, scripts, options and resources while outlining specific activities that can you can use to target issues you define,
and strategies you design to cope with the issues. The Johnsons provide reinforcements for these actions through scripts and
(sample) scripts you can record to personalize the program.
The book has worksheets to provide places for the reader to work through the specific methods the authors define. It has
affirmations for helping to instill a confidence and competence in designing ones own program. Dr Johnson inspires and re-enforces
with his poetry and quotes from other sources. Stress relief through laughing, refocusing, relaxation and affirmations provide
a failsafe for those wishing to cease the habits of tobacco use. (They) discuss the use of hypnosis as an aid in this program.
He defines ... hypnosis ... spontaneously occurs when we relax, focus attention, and engage in imaginative activity. Then
he walks the reader through some guided imagery that helps to focus attention on positive images.
The imaginative/creativity exercises that follow involve exercises with word association, squiggles and shapes you turn
into stuff, headlines that are laughable, and other humorous one-liners.
The Johnsons never say they are the only or the best solution. They say you are the only solution. You are the best solution
to cessation of tobacco use.
The back of the book is a veritable tome of resource places to further your education and find additional help. There
are even worksheets to develop a maintenance program for yourself and one in the event that you slip.
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a way to end the habit of tobacco use, but also to those with other
issues in their lives that they are having problems facing or dealing with.