Quit Smoking

no smokingIt can be hard to quit smoking. I know this because many years ago I quit. It is much easier to decide to quit than to actually put down the pack and stop. But it can be done.

The best way to succeed is to find a quitting method that fits your pattern of smoking. There is no magic technique that will work for everyone, but do know that there is a way to quit that will work for you.

Cognitive-behavioral interventions have been shown to work for many people as an effective means to quit smoking. (The phrase “cognitive-behavioral” just means that the focus is on thoughts and learned behaviors as part of the strategy to quit.) Some cognitive-behavioral interventions for smoking that might work for you could include identifying your cues and triggers for smoking, establishing new behaviors to avoid or manage these cues, and developing alternative skills to help you cope with the triggers. Cognitive-behavioral interventions work well when offered with supportive psychotherapy and interventions such as hypnotherapy.

If you would like to quit smoking you can do it. It won’t be easy; I know this from personal experience. But with the right plan and the right support, designed around you and your needs, it can be done.