National Stop Smoking Centres helps any smoker who cannot succeed with the NHS's drug products. NSSC is wholly owned by the National Smoking Cessation Co-operative, the national, not-for-profit research body, founded in 1991.
NSSC provides a range of programmes for smokers, none of which use drugs, all thoroughly researched and tested, and over the years tens of thousands of smokers have been helped to stop.
NSSC has an affordable programme for every smoker. In The Phoenix Programme, the nursing staff use a tobacco neutrogen (a bit like an oral vaccine) to alleviate withdrawal symptoms. In hypnotherapy, this is done psychologically. Then there is acupuncture - this can be very effective. Every NSSC programme includes telephone support from specialist counsellors for life in NSSC AfterCare.
NSSC has member therapists throughout the UK, including hundreds of hypnotherapists and acupuncturists trained and certified by the Institute as specialists in smoking cessation.
In The Phoenix Programme, there are specialised staff, headed by Robert Brynin, the author of 'Stop Smoking for Good (Hodder 1995). Robert's latest book, The NSCI Stop-Smoking Handbook, is now available from the NSSC website and on Amazon.
Finally, the NSSC programmes helpdesk is staffed by a dedicated team of counsellors, all ex-smokers.
Since 1991 more than 11, 000 smokers have been helped in The Phoenix Programme alone. Many of these have been sponsored by their employers, for whom NSSC runs workplace clinics. This client list includes even the National Health Service, as well as government departments, local authorities, and companies such as Wessex Water, National Grid, Ford, Sony, Du Pont and Lucas Aerospace.
NSSC workshops have been run for other corporate clients, including Cooperative Insurance, The Cooperative Bank and Kingston Telecom.
The National Smoking Cessation Co-operative, of which National Stop Smoking Centres is a part, is owned and managed entirely by its members, and is a committed member of the co-operative movement. Its operating ethos is to ensure a service to the community that cannot be provided by the NHS.
The National Smoking Cessation Institute publishes The NSCI Stop-Smoking Handbook, a step-by-step plan for stopping smoking, with Robert Brynin, the Institute's Research Director. Also available as an audiobook (3-CD set) or an MP3 download. Can be purchased from the NSSC website or Amazon.
Recent customer reviews
|After more attempts to stop smoking than I'd care to mention, I eventually attended the Phoenix Programme and found this to be the only method that both addressed my addiction and more importantly the psychological dependence I had on 'being' a smoker. This is the only programme I have come across that supports you every step of the way, especially post consultation treatment for as long as it takes for you to truly feel free. The treatment itself works with no physical cravings and any residual worries or psychological dependencies that arise once the cigarettes are stubbed out are tackled head on with the ongoing and excellent telephone support. Thank you Robert.|
|I have stopped, hooray (and am actually pleased for a change!!!), AND although I would be surprised if I ever need it I have the 'insurance' of being a 'patient for life'. I truly believe that we could enable everyone and anyone to stop if they were only put in touch with this service. No matter who you are and what your relationship is with smoking they have one or more answers! I read the book, then paid for the Phoenix programme and the miracle neutrogen. 4 pretty easy months later... And I have bought the freedom to start a new, deeply contented, chapter in my life. I owe Robert Brynin and his team everything for the additional years I hope to live as a result of stopping! I am truly shocked to be writing this as I had completely given up hope of stopping and was considering joining pro-smoking lobbies to defend my right to continue :-).|
|I have tried many methods to quit smoking. Trying to quit 'cold turkey'I found just too stressful and the pangs for nicotine too much. Any nicotine replacement methods (patches or chewing gum) I think, have just seemed to delay the inevitable and I've ended feeling the same way soon after, still craving the rollies.|
This neutrogen method, while I thought it seemed a bit pricey at first, is definitely worth it. It is the most stress free way to quit. The cravings are switched off which helps you to free yourself from your everyday associations with smoking without anxiety.
The trained specialists are also very supportive and reassuring. If you do happen to falter and smoke again (as I did some months later, quite recently) they are on call to help you (I am now back to feeling a relieved non-smoker after a few days of using the neutogen).
|After smoking 20 a day for the last 28 years, and having failed to stop smoking with all other methods, I found out about the Phoenix programme & attended it a month ago - and I haven't smoked or particularly wanted to smoke since. Wow!|
|I attended the clinic in June 2008 and went through the process of using the drops, and was really pleased with myself when I got to 50 weeks without buying any ciggies. It had been difficult putting on a little weight, but my breathing had improved immensely and when I joined a gym I lost the excess weight.|
Two months ago I started smoking again, just 1, then 2, then 3, then before I knew it I was buying a packet of 10 a day. So today I went back to the clinic to get the drops and chat about the best way forward. That was 7 hours ago and I have not had a cigarette, and intend to take one day at a time. This is a good method to try, and once signed up you can go back if or when you need to to get more help.
Quitting might take one attempt, or it might take a little longer, but I can recommend this programme if you really are serious about trying to kick the habit.
|i have found the staff and prouduct a great help. After trying numerous other methods to stop smoking this is the only one that has worked. The support is second to none.|
|I am or was a smoker of nearly twenty years, and having tried just about every method of quitting known to man, was cynical of NSCI's chances. Now 5 weeks down the line, and fags are a distant memory, my wife and I have entered a half marathon as a target next year to celebrate our new found health - 5 weeks ago I needed breathing apparatus to get up the stairs!!!|
I would fully recommend NSCI to anyone who wants to quit effectively and REALISTICALLY.
|A few months ago I had hypnotherapy with the institute's local therapist in my area. This was successful but I started again a few weeks later. The institute's Quit Club counsellors were great and got me stopped again. I think this is a great way to help smokers and would strongly recommend it.|