If you’ve made it through the first leg of your journey to becoming smoke-free by creating a plan and summoning your willpower, congratulations! You have certainly earned some bragging rights because quitting smoking is not easy. But if you think you could use some extra help, try reaching out to a trained professional. Smoking cessation counselors and some who work in the medical field are available to guide you through every stage of your quit. They can lend a hand when you need it the most. If you hit a snag this Monday, contact a professional to help you stay quit!
It may be helpful to contact someone during the first few weeks of giving up cigarettes, when quitting seems to be the most difficult. Calling a friend or family member is okay, but it may not be enough. One option for immediate assistance is your state quit line: 1-800-QUIT-NOW. By calling this toll-free number, you will be put in touch with a trained coach who can provide you free support and advice. This is a convenient option for someone going through a particularly rough craving who needs direction.
If you’ve already completed the first few weeks of your journey, perhaps you need help keeping up with your quit. For a more long-term solution, consider reaching out to a nurse. According to the American Nurses Association, speaking with a nurse for just 1-3 minutes may increase the likelihood that you’ll quit and stay quit. A nurse can provide you with more information including which medications might work for you and if they are covered by your insurance plan. Nurses can also help you revise your quit plan if you think yours could use a change in direction. With their perspective as medical professionals, nurses may be able to offer up a point of view that is different and more informed.
Another option to quit and stay quit is cognitive behavioral therapy guided by a professional therapist. This can be a great resource to help in the beginning and later stages of your quit, to keep you on track. This is a good option if there is a more emotional aspect to your nicotine addiction. During a therapy session, you’ll talk to your therapist while learning how to manage your emotions. Many smokers reach for their cigarettes in times of stress; therapists can offer different ways to handle stress that can help you avoid smoking.
Keep in mind that making an appointment with a nurse or therapist will cost extra. Check with your insurance provider to make sure you’re covered under your plan so your visit won’t break the bank.
The best thing about professional advice? You can take it with you anywhere! Add the guidance you receive to the tools in your quit arsenal. This Monday, reach out to a counselor, nurse or therapist for a fresh take on how to keep your quit plan moving ahead!