Is smoking cessation treatment for me? If you want to stop smoking, this information is for you!
We have all heard that cigarettes contain over 7000 chemicals, but did you know that 70 of those chemicals are known poisons to the human body? Worse yet, because of the tar build up within your lungs, these toxins will continue to affect your overall health even after you stop smoking.
Whether it is lung cancer, high blood pressure, emphysema and many other complications, smoking cigarettes is slowly deteriorating your health. The odds are not in your favor! If you do not stop smoking your health will continue to decline and ultimately cigarette smoking related illnesses will contribute to your shortened lifespan.
Did you know that many people who quit smoking experience bipolar-like symptoms and mild symptoms similar to those of a schizophrenic?
Other symptoms include:
- Mood swings
- Racing thoughts
- Difficulty sleeping and/or staying asleep
- Mental confusion
- Poor concentration
Let’s face it, attempting to stop smoking is not easy and you need help to stop. When you become seriously ill, you seek the aid of a medical professional to help treat your illness right? The same goes with smoking cessation. Smoking cessation will require that you utilize several different treatment options. Which ones are right for you is matter of planning and trial-and-error.
Which smoking cessation treatment options are for you?
Stop smoking aids:
Currently, there are many different over-the-counter smoking cessation aids widely available. From nicotine patches, nicotine gum, nicotine lozenges, nicotine nasal sprays and even nicotine inhalers, the person who is attempting to stopping smoking has many options in order to help them cope.
Hypnosis for smoking:
Hypnosis for smoking has returned excellent results. Hypnotherapy treats the smoking addiction right down to the subconscious level, eliminating all causes of the smoking addiction. Hypnosis for smoking is cost effective and returns rapid results.
Smoking cessation counseling:
For many people, individual counseling services and group counseling are great ways to gain the support and encouragement that you need to help finally put the smoking addiction to rest. Counseling sessions offer new idea’s to stop smoking and other ways to cope with life’s stressors, both big and small. These means help identify triggers for smoking so that you are more aware of the people, places, circumstances, and things that may be triggers for smoking. Then, positive lifestyle changes occur helping to reduce or avoid those triggers.
Cognitive behavioral therapy:
Many smokers become dependent on cigarettes to help them cope with the ups and downs of daily life. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) will help you to identify the distorted thoughts and negative thought patterns that may be associated
Stop smoking medication:
In severe cigarette smoking addictions when the smoker has exhausted all other smoking cessation treatment options prescription medications can be prescribed. To see if these medications are a right fit for you talk to your doctor.
Nicotine cravings will begin to subside after 72 hours of stopping smoking.
The nicotine in cigarettes is a very powerful drug that will require some form of smoking cessation treatment in order to get you through the initial withdrawals. Finding a replacement activity for when you are craving a cigarette will help to keep your mind busy while the nicotine cravings go away. Refraining from activities, people and places that you would usually smoke a cigarette will make the transition easier. Avoid drinking alcohol, going to bars or other places where people typically smoke cigarettes.
The benefits of stopping smoking are endless!
According to the American Lung Association:
- 20 minutes after quitting: Your heart rate drops to a normal level.
- 12 hours after quitting: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
- 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting: Your risk of having a heart attack begins to drop. Your lung function begins to improve.
- 1 to 9 months after quitting: Your coughing and shortness of breath decrease.
- 1 year after quitting: Your added risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.
- 5 to 15 years after quitting: Your risk of having a stroke is reduced to that of a nonsmoker’s & your risk of getting cancer of the mouth, throat, or esophagus is half that of a smoker’s.
- 10 years after quitting: Your risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a smoker’s & your risk of getting bladder cancer is half that of a smoker’s. Your risk of getting cervical cancer or cancer of the larynx, kidney, or pancreas decreases.
- 15 years after quitting: Your risk of coronary heart disease is the same as that of a nonsmoker.
The sooner that you stop smoking the sooner that you will begin to start feeling better. Keep in mind that while smoking cessation products are an excellent way to help stop smoking, the sooner that you eliminate all nicotine products from your body the sooner that the cravings for nicotine will go away.
With a few different smoking cessation treatment options and a real desire to be healthy, you will stop smoking. It’s up to you; feel healthy, have energy again and live longer. It’s your choice!
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