Quit Smoking for Good With Smoking Cessation Programs
Finally ready to quit the habit of smoking? There are many reasons to want to and need to quit smoking tobacco products. But, it’s easier said than done. Whether you’ve already tried all of the quitting products on the market or are just starting to think about quitting, smoking cessation programs are a great choice for people looking to stop smoking. But, what do they entail and what can one expect from an outpatient smoking cessation program, like the one offered at Delray Center for Healing?
Why Should You Consider Stop Smoking?
Still on the fence about quitting smoking? For many, smoking a cigarette, cigar, or vaping is a way to wind down, relax, and release tension. But, after a while, this method of relaxation and coping becomes something that’s routine. That’s because nicotine is one of the most addictive substances on the face of this planet. So, once a person starts smoking, the risk of developing dependence is very high. Plus, it makes it even more challenging to quit. However, even though it’s difficult to want to quit and start the quitting process, there are a number of reasons to consider it.
Some reasons to consider quitting smoking include that smoking:
does damage to the lungs, heart, and to blood circulation
can lead to mouth and lung cancers
increases the risk of heart attack
lowers the function of the immune system, making it easier to get sick
increases the risk of having a stroke
can lead to gum disease and tooth decay
is extremely expensive
negatively affects the health of the people around you due to second-hand smoke
reduces the quality of life
The Problem with “Going Cold Turkey”
As the late, great American writer and publisher, Mark Twain, once said, “Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.” If you’ve been smoking a while, you know the challenge of quitting. It’s not as easy as just never smoking again because most people go back to smoking after stopping cold turkey. In fact, according to research, about 80% of people who stop smoking ‘cold turkey’ return to smoking again within only the first month of quitting. So, deciding to quit on our own, without any help, may not be the best option for most people. That’s where smoking cessations programs come into play and offer the support and resources necessary for truly quitting smoking for good.
Treatments Available Through Smoking Cessation Programs
Instead of quitting cold turkey, smoking cessation programs give people a number of therapeutic opportunities that can help to reduce cravings which can allow for a better chance of successfully quitting smoking. During smoking cessation programs, some therapies for use include:
TMS: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or TMS, is a Neurotherapy that utilizes magnetic coils attached to the scalp to stimulate brain activity. This can help with the reduction of smoking cravings, making stopping smoking a less difficult process. Furthermore, it can help with mood management, which is helpful for individuals who struggle with mood swings during the early stages of smoking cessation.
Medications: Certain medications are helpful for the use of smoking cessation and can be prescribed to individuals in order to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Here at Delray Center for Healing, each individual will be assessed to determine individual qualifications for certain medications in order to provide the best regimen of medications suited for individual needs and desires for treatment.
Acupuncture: This ancient technique has shown to be helpful in reducing symptoms and side effects that many experiences during the initial stages of stopping smoking, including cravings and withdrawal. Specifically, this type of acupuncture involves placing tiny needles onto pressure points located on and in the ear which relate to symptoms associated with cravings and withdrawal.
Find out More About the Outpatient Smoking Cessation Program at Delray Center for Healing
Do you want to quit smoking for good? Give yourself the best chance of success with help from mental health specialists in Delray Beach, Florida at Delray Center for Healing. Learn more about our philosophy and mission right on our website. Or, if you have questions or want to get started today, contact us or call 888-699-5679 to speak confidentially with one of our admissions specialists.
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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.