Are you ready to quit smoking?
It's easy with our Laser quit smoking program. 82% of our patients quit with relative ease and stay quit.
Let's make it happen together.
What is the secret to our success in helping people quit smoking?
If you have decided that it’s time to quit smoking, we can help. Our program is uniquely powerful in that it incorporates several proven interventions. This program helps you to quit smoking and get through the initial nicotine withdrawal phase and we also help you to resist the temptation to resume smoking in the future.
Step One. “You gotta waaaaant it.”
We help you to cement your desire to quit. We coach you to create a steadfast commitment to the process of becoming a non-smoker.
Step two. “Just do it.”
Quitting cold turkey is the proven strategy recommended by best-selling author Alan Carr. But we make it easier for you. Many of our patients have found the nicotine withdrawal phase to be quick and painless with laser therapy. Clinical studies show that laser acupuncture is a successful method for reducing the cravings, mood swings, weight gain and nervous tension of quitting nicotine. We also give you natural medicines that calm your nerves and detox your body.
Step three. “Meet your new best friend.”
Avoiding relapse requires two things: help in overcoming the habit of smoking and help in dealing with stress so you don’t turn to cigarettes. We address both these challenges by giving you strategies to break the habit and teaching you mindfulness and relaxation techniques. We give you the support and tools you need to succeed.
Who is Dr. Macdonald?
Dr. Deidre Macdonald is a licenced naturopathic physician who has a naturopathic medical practice in downtown Courtenay. She has a degree in psychology from UBC (first in class) and completed her doctorate in 1996.
She is dedicated to helping people achieve optimum health and knows that quitting smoking is a critical step in that journey. She supervises your program.
How does laser acupuncture work to help quit smoking?
The first hurdle in quitting smoking is to get through the nicotine withdrawal phase, which people often dread. The laser treatments stimulate acupuncture points and significantly reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms, so people generally sail through this phase with greater ease and break their nicotine addiction.
We apply a painless beam of cold laser therapy to specific acupuncture points on the ears, face, hands and feet. The deep stimulation provided by laser therapy activates these key points. On a chemical level, cravings are a desire for endorphins and dopamine that used to be released by smoking. Laser acupuncture lets the body release those chemicals naturally, eliminating the physical need to smoke immediately. Endorphins are the body’s natural painkillers; they help keep the body calm, reduce irritability, help with sleep, and provide a general sense of wellbeing. Dopamine is needed for a feeling of reward and satisfaction. Both are provided by laser acupuncture.
How many treatments will you need?
For most people, one treatment is all that’s needed to quit smoking for life. We recommend having at least one more booster session to help you stay on track. After that, you can book a booster session to help you stay focused as part of your maintenance program, but most people don’t need it unless their stress spikes. We want you to become a life-long non-smoker. We are here to help.
Does the laser treatment hurt?
Laser treatments are completely painless. The process will actually feel quite relaxing.
What kind of laser it is?
We use a class 3B laser designed to stimulate and heal tissue. These lasers are Health Canada approved. In our clinic we have safely performed thousands of laser treatments since 2005.
Will there be side effects from the treatment?
What do you need to do to prepare for my laser quit smoking session?
Remember, you will be quitting cold turkey. In the long run, it’s the easiest and most effective technique of smoking cessation.
It’s time to get rid of your cigarettes once and for all. On the day of your first treatment, remove all cigarettes, ashtrays and lighters from your home, car and workplace. Clean any residue out your car.
Tell your friends, family and co-workers you are quitting with laser therapy and you are not going back.
Envision yourself free from cigarettes. Actually picture yourself walking away from your laser session feeling calm and at peace with your new life as a non-smoker. Picture yourself in one week, one month, one year, five years and ten years. Let yourself FEEL the thrill of being free of cigarettes, healthier in mind and body than you are now.
Give some serious thought to the questions:
What are the compelling reasons I want to quit
What is smoking costing me in terms of your health, self-esteem, relationships, limits on my activity, etc.
Figure out the monetary cost of smoking, and how much you will save by quitting. Think about what you’d like to do with that money.
How can we assist in the detoxification process?
We will give you a month’s supply of effective natural medicines for detoxification, lung healing and nervous system relaxation. This program will give you that fighting edge while you are getting through that critical first month off cigarettes. (Let us know if you’d prefer non-alcohol based herbal medicines.)
How is this program better than nicotine patches, gum or medications?
The bottom line is, you will eventually have to get off nicotine, whether from cigarettes, patches or gum, and there will be withdrawal symptoms. Laser therapy gets you through the cravings, while nicotine replacement just postpones the inevitable. Many people say they are afraid to quit smoking because they become cranky and miserable to be around. Laser therapy deals with that by helping patients relax. Others fear they’ll overeat when they quit smoking. Our treatment protocol includes appetite suppression points to curb food cravings. We also teach you the life-skills you’ll need to stay quit.
For laser quit smoking programs, it is best to be off all forms of nicotine in order to detoxify. That said, if you wish to use the patch that is fine.
What about the prescription drugs that are marketed for people quitting smoking?
Those drugs are in the anti-depressant class. They have side effects and once you decide to you want to get off them, there will be a new set of withdrawal symptoms to deal with. Plus, the success rate is quite poor, because taking a pill doesn’t teach you how to deal with the habit of smoking or how to deal with stresses that have made you reach for the smokes in the past. Why use a limited treatment that has side effects?
Fees and Policies
What is the cost of the program?
The investment in this program is $350. The fee includes a
- 15 minute introductory consultation with Dr. Macdonald – $80
- one hour laser therapy and quit smoking educational session – $140
- self-stimulating ear acupressure “seeds” – Free
- one month’s supply of supportive natural medicines – $34
- access to a 30 minute guided relaxation recording by Dr. M – Free
- educational booklet – Free
- stress ball – Free
- 2 laser acupuncture booster sessions (30 minutes) $48 each
Is this your treatment covered by my extended medical?
If your plan covers naturopathic physicians, then you can submit your receipts for payment. They will likely cover a significant portion of the visit fees.
Can I claim my treatments on my income tax?
Yes, depending on your total family income and medical expenses, treatments may be tax deductible and lower your tax payable.
Is there a refund?
There are no refunds available. One aspect of motivation may be the desire to make your investment pay off. If you smoke a pack a day, you will pay off your program in only about five weeks of being a non-smoker!
Once you book your one hour laser treatment and consultation, we ask that you give us 48 hours (two business days) notice if you need to change or cancel your appointment. Less notice will result in a $50 fee.