If you are thinking about quitting smoking, whatever else you do, counseling has to be part of it. Studies have shown that whether smokers choose nicotine replacement therapies, such as gum or patches, or they get a medical prescription from their doctor, or they seek out alternative therapies such as acupuncture, talk therapy is the key component to successful and long lasting quitting.
The National Cancer Institute has set up a free, national help line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW. This important call is free to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Trained counselors are available for thirty to forty minute sessions to talk to you about your individual needs for setting up a successful quit smoking plan and what you can expect regarding withdrawal symptoms and cravings. 1800-QUIT-NOW counselors are also great resources for individual counselors trained in smoking cessation and addiction behavior in your area.
Individual counseling is especially helpful in identifying what role cigarettes play in your life and what triggers your cravings. Group therapy sessions, on the other hand, are also irreplaceable in addition to counseling. Just as A.A. has been so successful with helping alcoholics to stop abusing alcohol, group counseling whether online, by phone or in person lets smokers and quitters hear each other’s stories and offer advice.
The good news about quitting smoking is that you are not the first person to go through it…..I’m living proof!
While everyone reacts differently to this important life change, there are so many different treatment plans that one is sure to fit your needs. Or more than one; many quit smoking devices can be used in conjunction with others so really you are building an individualized quitting program to meet all your quitting needs.
Talk to your doctor about the possible benefits of using a prescription such as Chantix, to help you through the initial few weeks. Often you will begin taking the prescription ten days before quitting. Your Quitting Date will be chosen ahead of time and may even become a kind of second birthday for you. As years go by and your smoking days become part of history, you can celebrate yourself and your strong constitution when your quitting anniversary comes around.
Herbal remedies, taken as capsules, gum, sprays and lozenges have been reported to help many people through the initial withdrawal period and also after. Behavior takes longer to change than body chemistry so you definitely need a two-pronged approach. The Lobelia Plant is now accepted as the most effective herbal ingredient for smoking cessation. The effects of Lobelia on the brain mimic that of nicotine satisfying the craving without feeding the addiction. Other herbs are known for easing tension (Passion Flower and Skullcap) and still others immediately start acting on repairing the body smoking has caused. Coltsfoot and horehound eliminate tar from the lungs, Safflower contains anti-tumor properties. If you are interested in pursuing a natural support system for your quitting plan, look online under herbal remedies to stop smoking, for more information.
I’ll be back later this week with some more electronic cigarette news, but I figured I’d go off topic today and offer my two cents on other types of methods you can use to quit smoking.