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Quitting smoking can take multiple tries, particularly if you don't have a strong support system to help you when you experience strong cravings. The doctors at the Woodridge Clinic, with offices in Woodridge, Lombard, and Lemont, IL, offer smoking counseling services designed to help patients meet their goals.
Smoking counseling can help even if you've tried to quit before
Resigning yourself to life as a smoker may seem to be the best option if you haven't been successful in your smoking cessation attempts in the past. Although you may have been able to get through a few days, weeks, or even months without a cigarette, cravings can be hard to ignore, particularly if you're already feeling stressed or depressed. A smoking counseling session with your Woodridge, Lombard, or Lemont doctor can give you the tools you need to finally quit.
Although your friends and family members may try to understand why it's so hard to quit smoking, it may be impossible for them to relate to your struggle if they've never smoked themselves. Your doctor knows just how addictive smoking is and can offer counseling, strategies and resources that will help you avoid lighting up.
As part of your treatment plan, he or she may recommend:
- Medications That Make Quitting Easier: Nicotine patches and other medications that allow you to gradually decrease your nicotine intake may help you decrease your dependence on the addictive substance. Your doctor may recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications.
- Talk Therapy: Talking about your struggle to quit smoking and the challenges of life without nicotine and tobacco products can help you increase your resolve to stop smoking. Whether you prefer individual or group therapy, counseling sessions may be just what you need to avoid giving in to your cravings.
- Telephone Support: Your doctor may recommend telephone services staffed by counselors who can offer support and advice 24 hours a day.
Would you like to finally stop smoking? Smoking counseling may offer the ideal method for you. Schedule an appointment with the doctors at the Woodridge Clinic by calling (630) 910-1177 for the Woodridge, IL, office, (630) 620-6255 for the Lombard office, or (630) 754-8710 for the Lemont office.
You are sick and tired of your tobacco addiction. Smoking robs you of energy and money, and even makes you feel like a social outcast as walk outside on break to light up. Plus, you worry about your health. Coronary artery disease, stroke, COPD, lung cancer - which one of these health problems alone or in combination with a myriad of others will shorten your life?
Dr. Umang Patel, primary care physician at the Woodridge Clinic, wants to assist you with your journey to a smoke- free life. With help, you can beat your nicotine addiction and change your life for the better.
How Quitting Can Change Your Life
Quitting smoking carries many physical and psychosocial benefits - in other words, your body and your sense of well-being improves when you abandon cigarettes. The American Cancer Society lists many advantages to a life without cigarettes, and, in fact, cites changes that continue to benefit former smokers even 15 years from that last cigarette.
For instance, non-smokers have no:
- smoker's bad breath
- tooth staining
- yellowed finger tips
- cigarette burns on clothing and upholstery
If these advantages sound trivial, consider these facts also noted by the ACS:
- Carbon monoxide levels reduce in bloodstream within 15 minutes of putting out that last cigarette.
- Within 1 to 9 weeks of quitting, smokers cough far less frequently, and shortness of breath upon exertion reduces dramatically.
- Fine cilia, hair-like structures within the lungs, become more mobile and sweep mucous and bacteria from lung tissue.
- 15 years after smoking cessation, the former smoker's risk of stroke, lung cancer, heart disease, COPD and other debilitating and deadly health conditions equals that of a lifelong non-smoker.
Former smokers also note their increased ability to exercise and taste foods. They have more disposable income because they are not spending money on cigarettes. In addition, people who stop smoking feel good about themselves. They experience a boost in self-confidence as they claim, "I quit smoking!"
Quitting Can Be Difficult
No one would dispute that smoking is one of the hardest habits to break. Hunger, tobacco cravings, anxiety and depression often accompany attempts to quit. However, Dr. Patel and the other physicians at Woodridge Clinic offer hope.
Smoking cessation works best with support - either in the form of self-help strategies, or from group and individual smoking counseling at the Woodbridge Clinic. The National Cancer Institute offers a 24-hour quit line which helps individuals access smoking counseling services through out the United States, including tips on coping with withdrawal symptoms. (Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.)
Finally, ask Dr. Patel about over the counter nicotine alternative patches and lozenges. Prescription medications such as Zyban work really well combined with one-on-one, telephone or group counseling.
You Can Do It
Your smoke-free, healthy life begins with a call to Woodridge Clinic. Speak to a caring professional such as Dr. Patel about smoking cessation. Call today for an appointment: (630) 910-1177.