If you are trying to give up smoking there is a wide range of support and treatments available to help you succeed and get through the process successfully. You should seek support from the NHS as it is always easier to succeed with other people who are going through the same thing, but if you prefer to go it alone there are a number of treatment options. We offer a range of stop smoking treatments.
Once you’ve taken the decision to quit smoking, you’ve already won half the battle. Most people don’t know how to go about smoking cessation. There are a lot of holes in understanding the process, the help you can get, and the treatments available. We can help you get smoke free with a few simple tips and treatments. Knowing where and how to start can help you focus on your goal of ‘Stop Smoking’ and leading a healthy life.
Deciding to lead a healthy, balanced life and quit smoking is one of the most important steps that a smoker can take towards kicking the nicotine addiction. Constant cigarette smoking can greatly hamper your health and lifestyle. It can cause serious medical conditions and some people have even been diagnosed with lung and throat cancer either because of smoking cigarettes, pipes, and cigars or chewing tobacco.
Let us help you quit the habit for good and embark on a new healthy journey. Below are some tips that have helped countless people stop smoking in the long term.
Decide a Quit Day:
Having a day or date pre-decided helps keep you motivated, focused, and confident to quit smoking. If you’re unsure of what date you would like to select, then decide on one that means something special to you. You could kick the habit as a gift to a loved one, or on your birthday or your anniversary, or your child’s birthday. Explore different methods that can help you decide a ‘Quit Day’ and start mentally preparing yourself by decreasing your quota of cigarettes per day till you reach that day. Stock up on alternatives to smoking like chewing sugar-free gum, drinking more water and juices, and avoiding people who smoke around you.
Exercising helps keep the body fit and your mind healthy. Having a physical fitness routine will help release hormones into your mind and body that stimulate the feeling of happiness and well-being. Exercising will help you feel tired at the end of the day and promote better and restful sleep throughout the night enabling you to wake up feeling brighter and refreshed. Quitting the smoking habit will also increase your lung oxygen carrying capacity and help you run, walk, jog, and perform other cardio exercises better. This will also help you increase your stamina, look good, and feel good about yourself as you move towards a healthier lifestyle.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT):
Nicotine replacement therapies are drugs that can help reduce the nicotine craving and overcome smoking withdrawal symptoms. NRTs are made in a way to help you wean the body off cigarettes and nicotine addiction by mimicking the effect nicotine has on the brain. There are different forms of NRTs available that are approved. These are nicotine skin patches, chewing gum, nasal sprays (by prescription), inhalers (by prescription), lozenges, and nicotine replacement drugs like Champix and Chantix.
Champix is a drug that helps adults with smoking cessation. It helps in controlling the withdrawal symptoms and cravings that arise out of nicotine addiction. Orally administered, it is made of the chemical compound Varenicline that imitates the regulated release of dopamine throughout the day. It tricks the brain into believing that the brain has received nicotine into the bloodstream while simultaneously controlling the cravings for cigarette smoking and withdrawal symptoms. It comes in two dosage packages – one for starters and one for continuing/ maintenance of smoking abstinence.
Behavioral therapy helps greatly in improving your outlook on life and helping deal with the mental and physiological changes in the body. Counseling, self-help books, emotional support, and support groups help you quit gradually over time. Just having the willpower to quit does not mean it will be an easy task. Behavioral support and therapy help in increasing the chances of quitting long-term by a whopping margin of almost 25 percent.
Behavioral therapy can be written, face-to-face, group sessions, phone sessions, or online sessions. Self-help material requires more motivation than group sessions and therapies while individual counseling is shown to be the most effective method for smoking cessation. These therapies have to be used in combination with NRTs, lifestyle changes like food and exercise and alternative treatments like acupuncture, vaping, smoking deterrents, herbs, cold laser therapy, yoga, mindfulness classes, lozenges, NRTs, drugs, and hypnosis.
There are many ways to take the first step towards smoking cessation. E-cigarettes are currently being researched upon as a means to quit smoking, but further research will have to be conducted before a conclusive analysis is done.