For many years, cigarette smoking has been one of the leading causes of preventable disease and premature death throughout the world. On average, about 435,000 people in the United States die prematurely from smoking-related diseases every year. Cigarette smoking is so prevalent and so dangerous that it is the cause behind one in every five deaths. Alternate forms of nicotine consumption, such as e-cigarettes and chewable tobacco, only increase the number of nicotine-related fatalities.
Part of what makes cigarette smoking so deadly is how addictive nicotine is, and how exceedingly difficult it is to quit smoking. Approximately 80% of people who attempt to quit smoking on their own return to it within a month. Only 3% of smokers quit successfully each year. Even with the abundance of smoking cessation products available, successfully quitting seldom happens. The dire need for a more effective means of smoking cessation has led the Delray Center for Healing to develop a comprehensive outpatient program specifically for smoking cessation.
Outpatient Smoking Cessation Program
The outpatient smoking cessation program at the Delray Center is designed for those who wish to quit smoking but have been unable to do so in the past. We offer a number of outpatient services for nicotine addiction, which can be put together in different combinations to help individuals stop smoking or using other harmful nicotine products. Some of the services available to help you quit smoking include:
TMS Therapy for Smoking Cessation: The Delray Center is the first provider in the state of Florida to offer TMS therapy for smoking cessation, using the Brainsway H4 deep TMS coil. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a revolutionary mental health therapy that uses magnets to improve healthy brain activity and can be used to treat depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder, as well as nicotine dependency. TMS therapy for smoking cessation works by targeting the parts of the brain that control motivation, pleasure, and reward. Stimulating those parts of the brain helps to undo the pathways built up due to nicotine addiction. TMS sessions are administered in a comfortable outpatient setting, and each session is short and painless.
Medication Management: All participants in the Delray Center’s smoking cessation program receive psychiatric care to help them manage their cravings and withdrawal symptoms medically. Certain medications, such as varenicline (Chantix) and bupropion (Wellbutrin) have been shown to be effective in reducing cigarette cravings. Individuals interested in quitting smoking will receive an initial consultation with a medical provider, to see if medication is right for them.
Acupuncture: Acupuncture for smoking cessation is an excellent alternative treatment that can be combined with, or done in lieu of, medication. At the Delray Center for Healing, we combine acupuncture with TMS therapy to provide a comprehensive and holistic smoking cessation treatment. Auriculotherapy uses acupuncture needles, placed in the ear, to naturally detoxify the body and curb cravings for nicotine. Auricular acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for nicotine dependency, with no side effects.
Take The First Step To Quit Smoking
Any prospective patient interested in quitting smoking or other nicotine products should contact our office to schedule an initial evaluation with one of our medical providers. Based on your evaluation, your doctor will recommend the appropriate combinations of therapies to help stop smoking and remain abstinent from nicotine. If you have tried and failed to stop smoking in the past, then you are an ideal candidate for our smoking cessation program. In the course of a few weeks, chronic smokers have found they were able to quit smoking and remain abstinent long term.
Smoking Cessation Program Options:
TMS For Smoking Cessation
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Dr. Rodriguez founded the Delray Center in 2003 and built it on a foundation of core clinical, professional, and ethical principles that are adhered to still to this day. Dr. Rodriguez founded the Delray Center in 2003 and built it on a foundation of core clinical, professional, and ethical principles that are adhered to still to this day.