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  • Smoking Cessation Program

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    Ernestine Jennings, PhD, researcher at the Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine at The Miriam Hospital, talks about the psychological factors of smoking, common methods of quitting and current research.

    Quitting smoking takes skill. It takes practice and effective outside support. Most smokers try to quit and fail 7 times on average before they are successful. Why? Because nicotine manages your moods and feelings. So when you feel blue or low, cigarette provides a quick, though dangerous, pick-me-up. Smokers need extra support in managing responses to moods.

    How do I start?

    The first thing we do is talk with you. We start with your medical history and go on to take a broader look at you and your situation. What is your level of addiction? What are your reasons for smoking? Are there any associated health problems? We address your fear of weight gain, increased stress, or lack of confidence that you can do it. We tailor your treatment program specifically to you.

    Treatment Options

    The most effective way to treat nicotine addiction is to address all aspects of the problem. Treatment might include:

    • nicotine replacement therapy (the patch)
    • individual or group therapy
    • new medications
    • exercise and/or dietary counseling

    We teach techniques for managing depression, anxiety and sadness, as well as behavior management strategies to deal with the "triggers" that lead to smoking. Most people complete our program in 6 to 10 sessions.

    What do I have to consider?

    Consider:

    • what it costs you to smoke – roughly $300 a month for the pack-a-day smoker and the well being of your heart and lungs.

    • that quitting smoking adds 7 to 10 years to your life.

    • the fact that quitting smoking will improve the quality of your life.

    When you've considered the facts and had enough of being at the mercy of nicotine, call us. We’ll help you take control of your moods. Your smoking. Your life. Call 401-793-8770 for details.

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