Quit Smoking

Quit Smoking

Treatments and Programs to Help You Quit Smoking

Smoking is both a physical addiction and a psychological one. Nicotine is the primary addictive substance found in tobacco and cigarettes. It causes your brain to release chemicals which make you feel happy. The brain gets used to these chemicals over time and needs them on a regular basis. Your body experiences withdrawal symptoms when you stop smoking. Most common withdrawal symptoms include difficulty breathing, cravings, irritability, and loss of enjoyment in activities. There are many programs and treatments that can assist you in quitting smoking.

Why is it so difficult to stop smoking?

Smoking is often used to alleviate unpleasant emotions, such as anxiety, stress, depression, or boredom. Smoking can give them a temporary “feel-good” feeling and help them relax. However, it’s not a healthy solution to these feelings. You should find healthier ways to deal with negative emotions. Try exercising, relaxing activities such as deep breathing or mediation, or sharing your feelings with friends.

Speak to your doctor if you’re having difficulty quitting. Your doctor may recommend programs or treatments that will help you stop smoking, such as medications that reduce withdrawal symptoms. Acupuncture can also be helpful. This treatment involves a trained practitioner using thin metal needles on pressure points that are believed by some to influence smoking behavior. Although it’s not clear how effective this treatment is, most insurance policies don’t cover the cost. Ask your doctor about other nicotine replacement products such as patches or gum. They can help you quit smoking by providing a small dose of nicotine. This eases withdrawal symptoms and reduces cravings. These are available at your local pharmacies.

There are other treatments available for smoking, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and motivational interviews. CBT can help you learn how to manage your emotions and thoughts in a healthier way. Motivational interviewing helps you to identify what is most important to yourself.
Prepare for your quit date once you are ready by getting rid of all of your cigarettes, lighters, and ashtrays. Make a plan to deal with situations that trigger urges and clean your car and home to get rid of the smell of smoke. Ask your family and friends to help you quit smoking by not doing so around you, or at home. Avoid places where people smoke. Reward yourself after each day, week or even month that you are tobacco-free. You will feel motivated by this and you’ll have a feeling of achievement. You can treat yourself with a special event that you like, such as a dinner or movie. Consider joining a support network or seeking out a counselor to get additional support.

If you would like to speak with a Doctor who is an expert in the field or has Australian training, please contact us. Book an online Telehealth consultation. We are available 24/7. Contact info@clinicall.com.au