The Clean Break Online Program is carefully structured, yet flexible enough to fit into your schedule. The Clean Break Online Program consists of six online sessions, each taking approximately 45 minutes. Each session concludes with a detailed workbook and reading assignments. The first three sessions are preparatory; you begin to use the Clean Break Online Program to stop smoking at the beginning of Session 4. Sessions 5-6 are designed to help you get through the initial difficulty of stopping, and lay the groundwork for long-term success.
Clean Break teaches its participants to make decisions more clearly. Decision making is a psychological process that involves a discreet series of steps. These steps are largely unconscious in every day life. When people change these steps, or leave steps out, their ability to make effective decisions is impaired. This is the first thing that happens when someone becomes addicted: they lose the ability to make clear decisions about that aspect of their lives. Enrolees use Clean Break’s unique cognitive behavior modification techniques to make more effective decisions about their addiction. Rather than avoid difficult situations, participants deliberately spend time in places they will want to smoke, practicing the decision making skills they learn in the program. Most clients experience moderate to deep conflict about these choices for the first few days, then the decisions quickly become easier. Facing, rather than avoiding, temptation quickly gives Clean Break participants real freedom; there is no need to avoid coffee, alcohol, or social situations where they will be tempted. Much time is also spent during the program on personal responsibility. Stopping smoking is viewed as a choice freely made, rather than a restriction or deprivation. As a result most smokers are able to experience stopping as a gain, rather than as a loss.