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January 1, 2016 by DrHays
When we quit smoking we lose something. A lot of people never really talk about this aspect of stopping smoking, but it's true nonetheless. Everybody keeps talking about the dangers of smoking and the need to quit, but they almost never talk about what we lose when we stop. When we do quit smoking, we lose one of our most comfortable, reliable, and familiar ways of relating to ourselves and to the world around us.
We may have been smoking for many years and over... Read full postComments (12)
January 8, 2016 by DrHays
When people discuss what they don’t like about smoking, topics can range from health and physical fitness to the smell on their clothes and in their home. One big reason to stop during the winter months, especially in the colder areas of the country, is to end the hassle of standing outside to smoke in bad weather.
For those who live in cold weather climates, the prospect of bundling up and going outside to smoke is really more than an inconvenience; it can downright... Read full postComments (5)
January 15, 2016 by DrHays
As we begin another residential program today, our tobacco treatment specialists will spend the next week working with a group of ten patients to stop smoking and create individual plans for living a smoke-free life. As we have discussed in past blogs, for those who have become addicted to tobacco, smoking not only integrates itself into their daily life, but may be viewed as a piece of their identity. Maintaining this addiction impacts not only how they interact with people,... Read full postComments (12)
January 29, 2016 by DrHays
Children, with their innocence and wonder of the world can provide so much hope and inspiration to others. I would guess that if we asked a parent “what are your top three values?” five years before they had children and then several years after, they would share much different answers. Children, grandchildren, or some other special child in our lives can be a greater motivator for change, especially when it comes to stopping smoking.
While becoming smoke-free is an... Read full postComments (5)
February 10, 2016 by DrHays
Withdrawal symptoms are often considered one of the greatest hurdles for folks trying to stop smoking. Tobacco use impacts our bodies and minds in such different ways that trying to juggle daily responsibilities while quitting smoking can feel overwhelming. While evidence-based research shows that cessation medications (i.e., the nicotine patch, gum, lozenge, inhaler and spray, as well as the pills – bupropion and varenicline) are helpful in controlling withdrawal symptoms,... Read full postComments (9)