Smoking Cessation

Smoking Cessation

About Smoking Cessation

It is common for most smokers to have made numerous attempts at quitting but have found it difficult to maintain cessation for the long-term. This challenge is contributed by a number of factors such as unpleasant withdrawal effects, cravings, and social/environmental and emotional triggers.

Smoking cessation has its obvious health benefits, which can begin to occur within 20 minutes of last cigarette. When maintained for at least 5 years, one’s risk for stroke can start to return to a similar rate of risk as those who never smoked. Over a period of 15 years, one’s risk for other common major diseases also drops to comparable rates as those who never smoked.

How Can Therapy Help?

Therapy can be a helpful supplement to your efforts with smoking cessation and may be accompanied by nicotine replacements or medication. We understand that individuals vary on different levels of motivation, readiness, confidence in one’s ability, and past quit attempts and outcomes, so we will meet you where you are and work through those challenges together. We can help you to identify your triggers and underlying sources to smoking, such as thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that make it difficult to quit smoking. In turn, we can work on developing alternative healthier coping skills.