Congratulations for deciding to quit. “Quitting smoking is easy. I’ve done it hundreds of times”, remarked a well-known American author and humourist Mark Twain on his smoking habit. Due to a powerful addictive effect of nicotine from tobacco (cigarette) many smokers stop successfully after they undergo a few quit-relapse attempts.
Successfully quitting smoking requires a strong determination, commitment and right support. However, making the first step of deciding to quit is a vital ingredient for successful “quit attempt”.
There are various drug and drug free options are available when you attempt to quit the strong tobacco addiction which are discussed below.
- Counselling/ Support:
Counselling and therapies such as Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) are useful. CBT which identify a person’s thought, attitude and belief about smoking and replaces them with more positive, productive thought which then lead to healthy action of that of non-smoker.
Chances of success in gaining the new positive lifestyle increases greatly if medications are added to counselling/ support.
- Nicotine Replacement Therapy which comes with variety of form like 24/16 hour patch, inhaler, etc. , substitute some nicotine which you would consume from cigarette. This treatment will be only effective, if used in correct dosage. Smoking Cessation practitioner or doctor can guide you to make right choice.
- Champix/ chantix (Varenicline) is used to reduce pleasure from smoking and has proven to be efficient in successfully quitting smoking. Champix must be prescribed by a doctor who is able to monitor you for the course of treatment which usually last for 12 weeks.
- Zyban: The class of anti-depressant which is prescribed after consultation with medical professional.
- Acupuncture , Hypnosis and other complimentary therapies have been promoted as drug-free ways to quit the nicotine habit. However, clinical evidence from a recent Cochrane review (2010) is insufficient as compared to above medications. This could be the reason why these therapies are not available via National Healthcare System.
If you dream yourself as being smoke free person, you could do some research to find out the way which feels right to you to assist with your successful quit attempt. Whichever, way you have chosen, I wish you the very best to achieve your goal.
Holistic Occupational Therapist
(At Vitality Health Clinic, a registered Health Practitioner will help you successfully quit the smoking habit in close liaison with your G.P.
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