The concept for our Smoking Cessation Retreat Program was designed by Yvonne Romero, Credentialed Addiction Specialist in July 2014 and long-standing member of "International Reciprocity and Consortium of Professional Counselors" and member of the American Lung Association, Certified with Department of Health and Hospitals, Tobacco Control Program.
After many years of clinical practice in the field of Addiction treatment, such as, Alcohol, Drugs and other substances of abuse - she added Nicotine Certification treatment in 2006 with the ability to now state experience in Nicotine Treatment for over a decade.
Recognizing a need for Smokers to have more personalized treatment options available to them, Yvonne created 'Smoking Cessation Wellness Spa Retreats in January, 2013.
Other credentials include: ADC- Certified Addiction Disorders Counseling, Registered Addiction Counseior and also a long standing former New York CASAC Addiciton
Counselor, certified in the process and treatment of chemical dependency to include all apects of Nicotine Addiction treatment and recovery.
Yvonne Romero, Certified Addiction Counselor, Clinical Program Director
A well-rounded and experienced Counselor and Reiki Master Practitioner, she incorporated a variety of modalities of treatment in both her Group and Individual
sessions to ease the tension and stress associated with her client's cravings. This innovative approach utilizing Body, Mind and Wellness was then successfully
implemented during her many years of clinical practice in both individual and group counseling sessions and also utilizing the art of Reiki Energy healing along with Addiction Therapy techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT.
A former smoker - successfully completing a smoking cessation program similar to the one founded today, she felt the need to share in the joys of this journey with as many
people as possible - particularly in the treatment of Nicotine, creating this successful Quit Smoking Program - the only one of it's kind Quit Program unique to any other program
During these years as treatment professionals, we have found the hardest part of quitting are the first few days, so the goal is to "Set your Quit Date", pamper and provide you with the educational tools to control your nicotine addiction. We will keep you busy with amazing adventuresin this beautiful vacation paradise in Tampa Bay, Florida where you will finally break the nicotine cycle and begin a new life of freedom from addiction with experience treatment that works and your success in achieving abstinence is our goal!
A Testimonial by Denise C.
During our first two quit days which went fabulously well - I was amazed how quickly my cravings passed and how easy my withdrawal actually was -
but I must say, I was petrfied for the evenings to come when all activiites were over, nighttime would set in and I would be left alone with only myself!
Well, Yvonne did Group Reiki Sessions during our quit evenings after dinner for relaxation and they really helped me to feel at ease, relaxed and unbelievably - during one or two of our sessions, I actually fell asleep!
She taught us how to use relaxation and meditation
as a coping tool as replacements for those times in my life when my days seem hectic and out of control
(I own my own business so there's always something. Murphy's law, I suppose!).
I never had a craving at night the whole week I was there! Daytime cravings went exactly as I was informed they would be, but,
we did the work and worked the Program outlined for us.
Was it the resort atmospher, the education and counseling, the Reiki? I'm not sure ,, but it did seem to make me feel so much more
at peace with myself and oh so relaxed without any of the anxiety I expected!
I now recognize when the stress is coming on - she (the Program Director) taught us in relapse prevention, how to recognize stressers and triggers and how these would be those times
when we would be more inclined to use a cigarette for comfort.
Well, now I've learned with practice during our retreat, how to relax my shoulders, breath and find the peace within me that I use to find in a cigarette for comfort.
Oh ! I also found out and now realize nicotine is a stimulant so no wonder I was never really truly relaxd!
And so - we were taught new tools which I still utilize today and share those tools with my grown children for relaxation whenever the need calls
to come to a place of "center".
I have now come to understand why these interventions during our retreat were so much a part of our quit progam and the importance
of what this kind of "healing" is really all about - it's really about keeping busy, breathing and relaxing oneself duing times of stress.
So thank you for teaching us the importance of this kind of self-therapy as a lifestyle.
I find myself using it often on my drive home from work to decompress before I go home
to my family feeling calm and refreshed - even after a long day of work!.
I am now smoke free for over 8 month and recently took a mini-vacation with my daughter to celebrate my 6 month Anniversary!
I am so glad for this new program and the concept of its development . As a woman in business, I feel this was an awesome idea
that came about from real care and concern for those of us who have tried, wanting desperately to quit smoking with nowhere to go.
What a fabulous idea!
So Thank You, Smoking Cessation Wellness! You changed my life, gave me hope and keep my hair and clothes smelling wonderful ...
where before, all I smelled was stale smoke !
Now, scented Body Soaps and Lotions are a favorite new "addiction" of mine -
instead of smelling like a cigarette, I now smell wonderful !
PAUL SCHONBRAUN, DO
Doc Paul, experienced in the treatment of Smoking Addictions, will act as our primary care Doc by addressing any medical needs which may arise during our clinical program and act as liaison with your primary care physician, if necessary. Dr. Schonbrun will work with our Clinical Director prior to admission to explore any specific medical considerations you may require to ensure your Quit Smoking Goals are met.
CIT., MSW INTERN
Noelle is our Intake Coordinator, Educated in the Mental Health field and student of Addiction Studies for several years. Noelle displays a talent and ability in counseling and directing those who inquire about our Smoking Cessation Program through introduction to our Programming and addressing your unique personal needs for treatment.
ERIN BARLAY, LPN, CERTIFIED SMOKING CESSATION COACH Working primarily in our Florida location, Erin works in he Healthcare field as a Nurse and mental health life coach, teaching others how to best address their Goals in Self-care practice. Erin is also a former Two Year Graduate of our Smoking Cessation Program ans is committed to helping you Maintain a Quit for Life with focus on Relapse Prevention Tools and Techniques, helping you develop an Aftercare Plan upon your return home to a safer environment.
OUR SUPPORT STAFF
NON-SMOKER COMPANION GUESTS
* Support from friends and/or family members is a valuable tool to any new health, wellness or fitness regime - and smoking cessation is no exception.
* Our goal is to support and assist our Participants in their efforts to quit. Participants are invited (if they prefer), to include a “companion” for support (smoker or non)
to share in this One-of-a-Kind Quit Vacation experience with a significant other, a friend or a loved one.
* Non-smoker Companion Guests wishing to attend are offered a reduced “Companion Rate” and may join in with our participants in all scheduled program activities.
* Companions will share accommodations as they themselves experience the healing benefits of a luxury retreat at the beautiful Safety Harbor Spa Resort for their own healing, wellness and pleasure with their friends or loved one.
JULIE BRANNON, D.PSc,
Licensed holistic health practitioner, author, educator and Owner of BAILEY'S NATURALS of Safety Harbor. Julie helps to empowers our clients with knowledge and tools in detoxing the body for not only a healthy quit but for continued maintenance for a healthy life of self-care.
Julie is also a sought after speaker and we are blessed to have her as integral healing member of our Wellness Program.
ALL INCLUSIVE 7 DAY WELLNESS SPA RETREAT with our Newest Location in Sedona Arizona
PAULA LOCKWOOD, LMT, RM
Co-Facilitator and Lisensced Massage Therapist for our Sedona Location. Paulla owns and operates HEALING HANDS BODY SOUL WORK of AZ . Paula works on a multi-layered approach towards your overall health and healing accomplished through her therapeutic bodywork, energy techniques and earth based medicine practices.
This approach encompasses the essence of our Smoking Cessation approach for all those undergoing nicotine addiction. .