Quitting smoking is considered to be one of the most difficult habits to leave. But, if you quit it, you are one of the luckiest to do so, because it takes quite an effort. You can start with having a paper in your hand and drawing a line between it. Write down all the bad habits and the sufferings you faced due to smoking on one side, try to eliminate all those bad habits one by one and write them down on the other side of the page. Once the positive side gets heavier than the negative, congratulations, you have done it.
Apart from this, here are some other effective techniques:
As many as 90% of the people who try to quit smoking, try the cold turkey technique, which means doing it without any outside support from the friends, family, therapy or psychiatrist. Beside the fact that most of the people adopt this method, it is not quite the most effective one in doing so. Almost 4-7% of the people who quit smoking gets successful using the cold turkey method.
It is another technique of quitting smoking, but it involves the outside support, like involving any counselor with you who can walk you through in these hard times. Together, you can share such emotions and situations that give the birth to an urge of smoking in you, which might come handy. You both can make plans regarding what to do when you feel the cravings about smoking. Spending time with each other and passing time will spent your time without smoking as well.
Nicotine replacement therapy
Nicotine replacement therapy is one of the easiest and effective ways of quitting the smoking. It helps you by taking Nicotine gum, inhalers, sprays, patches, and lozenges which act as the replacement for the Nicotine in you. By doing so, you might not feel the thirst to smoke as you are already getting the nicotine through the gums, etc. despite from getting it from the dangerous tobacco way. The technique works even better when it is used with the behavioral therapy method by taking a huge amount of support from your friends and family.
There are some medicines that can be taken in order to get yourself away from the urge of smoking. varenicline (Chantix) and Bupropion (Zyban) are some of the medicines that will help you with symptoms from withdrawals as well as the cravings.
Combo treatments methods have a higher level of the success in helping you out through this than all the others. It involves the using of two or more techniques together. Like, aside from using the patch alone, use the nicotine and gum together. Other methods include the use of the nicotine replacement therapy with the behavioral therapy. Many kinds of the prescription medicines working alongside nicotine replacement therapy is another useful technique. While going through the process, you will have to stay patient and keep backing yourself with the confidence and your own personal courage. Don’t be disappointed if it is hard.