Smoking Cessation Wellness Retreats 

                                                                               ​   Quit Smoking Now!

 Forsyth Woman  June  Issue, 2015.  Posted in Current Issue, Health & Wellness 

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Written By Morgan Benjamin - Former Client Smoker Participant

You want to quit smoking and everyone else wants you to quit, too. The media bombards you with tactics and medicines for quitting, but quitting is hard – almost too hard. There are drugs to help but they make you sick. There is cold turkey but you can’t get beyond 12 hours on your own. Therapy is fine, but then you’re on your on again for the rest of the week and electronic cigs don’t taste the same or feel right in your hand. So, what is left?

I believe that I discovered the easiest way to quit smoking and it only requires a commitment of one week. I have been smoke free for nearly a month and it gets easier every day. 
I was one of those who couldn’t get beyond 12 hours cold turkey and Chantix threw me into a horrible sick migraine. I enjoyed smoking, but my doctor told me I had to quit. I knew I had to do something but I could not do it on my own.

Then, I found ‘Smoking Cessation Wellness Retreats,’ a program that combined Individual counseling preparation, group therapy and Reiki at a spa resort on the gulf coast of Florida and I was amazed. This seemed exactly what I’d spent years searching for. The program uses Reiki, a Japanese technique for stress reduction that promotes healing, addiction therapy techniques, and group and individual counseling.

When I called for information, I felt an immediate rapport with the woman who answered, a former smoker who understood my misgivings. She was a credentialed counselor specializing in addiction therapy, as well as a Reiki Master. Reiki is administered by a ‘laying on of hands’ to modulate the flow of life force energy to clear, heal and straighten energy pathways. It treats the body, mind and spirit, and helps create feelings of peace, relaxation and well-being.

The retreat location is spread across golden beaches and has mineral pools, a complete spa and a full complement of exercise classes. It is a destination vacation spot in its own right. There are miles of walking and biking trails, a museum, numerous parks and greenways, as well as diving and kayaking nearby. It is a perfect choice for a therapeutic wellness retreat.

We were warmly greeted on our arrival, and settled in with a meet-and-greet with our counselors and retreat-mates. Let the week of becoming non-smokers begin!

We listened to information that many of us have never heard before. We heard facts, figures and results of scientific studies. We were warned of the changes we would experience during our week of quitting and the support we would receive. We were advised of the importance of staying busy and the necessity of resting when our bodies told us to. We were told that 3 days (or 72 hours) were all that were required to cleanse our bodies of the poisons contained in cigarettes and that everything else was habit. We were warned that we could become quite emotional, because smoking had been our friend during celebration, stress, depression and heartache. When asked about how and when we would actually quit she told us that the group would decide… our group decided on 10:30 pm Monday and each of us was as ready as we could be.

We met for breakfast daily where group schedules were disclosed and individual meetings were affirmed. Every meal was educational and entertaining. Some of us were blindsided by irritability and fatigue, and a few became distracted and forgetful; one of the group even became tearful for a day. While the degree varied, moodiness was widespread so we tried to stay busy and forget about smoking. We took yoga classes together and spent hours in the sauna, steam room and pools. Some spent mornings in the gym and afternoons exploring on foot or by bike.

We met with counselors during the afternoons and capped every evening off with a lengthy healing session. Every day was easier until the week was gone and we discovered we were all nonsmokers and that each of us had 11 new best friends.

Our group of quitters ranged in age from 33 to 64 and traveled from as far away as Canada, and as nearby as 30 miles. We were male and female, single and married, but by the end of the week we were all the best of friends. Our counselors continue to be in contact and offer support, and welcome our calls and emails. Our group continues to support each other and is always there to offer help when things get tough.

Quit smoking now. Everyone wants you to quit smoking and you know smoking is not good for you. Every ‘quit smoking’ blurb or ad on television catches your attention because you know it’s what you should do.

NOTE: from the Director/Counselor of Smoking Cessation:
​**   Morgan was a smoker participant in our April Session at Smoking Cessation Wellness Retreat and we had NO IDEA she had plans on writing this article ! 


If you are ready to think about achieving your goal to finally live a smoke-free lifestyle, call us for more information. We are happy to discuss your thoughts and concerns and answer any questions you may have.


We understand that most people are nervous, even miserable on their quest to stop smoking because they wonder if they’ll ever be successful - especially when they have attempted to quit so many times before. 


  • Essentially you will be participating in a 14 Day Quit Program.  Seven Days Home Prep, Seven Days of Action Quit.
    One of the best features in coming to our Unique Quit Retreat is that you commit and set your “Quit Date”, your quit journey will begin with our "Quit Prep Phase One".
    This unique approach allows for you a personalized quit plan to your recovery from nicotine, readying for you to successfully fulfill your quit goals.

    "Quit Prep Phase One"
      We begin your readiness to giving up your nicotine habit with our one:one at home with individual counseling session by phone, one week prior to your arrival for your Retreat giving you a seven day jump start toward your Quit Goals.
  • We will identify those behaviors which keeps you trapped in the addiction cycle and create an at-home readiness plan.

    "Phase Two: Action Phase"
     during Quit Week (at any of our Quit Locations) you will continue to be prepared and empowered for success.

  • During this action phase of giving up nicotine, we will hold daily morning workshops, group therapy/process and check-ins in between Resort activities and amenities. 
Choose Your Program:
  • Wellness Retreat for those who just need to 'get away' and get that Quit jump on quitting, choosing to incorporate any of the above distractions​
    Weight Loss /Wellness Program.  We will design a fitness/weight loss program for those who are concerned with weight gain or seek with certified fitness instructors (Included)
  • Golf to Quit "18 Holes to Wellness" Spend mornings (or afternoons) with 9 Holes of Golf at the Beautiful Countryside Resort Golf Club (Fee based)

    All Our Packages include such activities as Yoga, Dance Aerobics, Pilates, Aqua Fitness, Step or Spin Classes scheduled from 9am - 7:30pm!
    Also included are Steam, Sauna, Private Mineral Dip, Lap Pool and 3 mineral swimming pools with Cardio and Nautilus equipment rooms open
    6am - 10pm, all depending upon your individual preference. 

  • Arrive on a Sunday afternoon for "Meet and Greet",  settling in with our Group Casual Fine Dining Meal and your Quit Week Program Overview.
  • "Group Quit Smoking Group Ceremony" takes place on Monday evening following our all day Educational Workshop where Participants will engage in our very unique quit smoking ceremony which will reviewed upon obtaining your "Contact Form" for questions and review of Program.
  • 'Quit Day One' begins with the benefit of a complete change in environment on your first morning of Quit  especially during the early days when cravings are strongest - all the while, preparing you for success upon arrival home for maintenance in your long-term quit goal.

​Our program is designed to ease the tension of giving up the Nicotine habit with an ease in building knowledge and confidence that eliminates the stress of worry - and removes any fear of failure. 

We include on-going daily individual one-on-one intervention support sessions as needed throughout your Quit with experienced professional staff ​ 24/7

​Classes are scheduled daily - because as you know, if you've attempted to quit in the past, the hardest part after making a decision to quit smoking are the first few days of abstinence.

Our uniquely designed approach-  which includes all of the above - are tailored to already be in place to help during your 7 Day All Inclusive Smoking Cessation Spa Retreat Package.

  • Our goal is to keep your day busy because we understand cravings come and go throughout the day in recovery and you will need to occupy and fill those times when urges occur.  Activities will include all our above activities with our new "Golfing to Quit" Program.
  • As a professional program with pre-counseling and clinical interventions with a captive audience, we are able to identify triggers and cravings.
  • ur uniquely designed approach-  which includes all of the above - are tailored to already be in place to help during your 7 Day All Inclusive Smoking Cessation Spa Retreat Package.

Many participants have shared stories of toning and losing weight, ending their fears of gaining weight from giving up cigarettes.  Evidence shows our participants get fit, get healthy and happy with freedom and confidence for a fresh start.​​ 

  • ​Stated simply, Smokers are "activity oriented" individuals. Take away the cigarette and find something interesting as you change your routine.
  • Be introduced to our own local Naturopathic professional consultant during our workshop and meet later at your leisure who will introduce you to a healthier approach to your own inner physiological healing requirements during our workshop.
  • Head to the steam/sauna rooms to help remove poisonous body toxins from smoking, tour the cardio room or take a wonderful walk through Town or participate in daily Yoga stretch or Pilates as you continue on your journey towards self-care.

    In other words, you'll burn calories in a program specifically designed to keep you busy. 
  • Select healthy casual fine dining meals from the terrific Menu selections and select healthy snacks to keep in your room frig. 

Non-smoking "Companion Guests" are welcome to join you for support and encouragement.  

  • We understand how important it is for participants to have personal support or perhaps just have a loved one share our Once-in-a-Lifetime Quit Smoking experience with a friend or loved one and we certainly invite them to join you and consider it as "Quit Smoking Vacation".
  • Companion rate include all of the above (minus counseling services), accommodations and amenities in an All Inclusive Package at a reduced rate.

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​​​All activities planned during your 7 Day Clinical Quit Smoking Program are Specifically Designed utilizing Resort Amenities vs a inpatient drug treatment facility to counteract any cravings quickly and easily, making your goal for a Smoke-free life easy and Finally ... Attainable! 

                                                                    A QUIT SMOKING R​ETREAT !   
                                                                                                  A TRUE CLINICAL CESSATION RETREAT IN A RESORT ENVIRONMENT ~ 

​"Take the misery out of Quitting" while you pamper yourself in peace and serenity, fresh ocean breezes and healthy foods ​while getting fit and toned by daily scheduled adventures with all Spa amenities at your leisure .. all with the benefit of helping you accomplish your goal for Freedom from your nicotine addiction.