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Why You Don’t Have to Do This Alone

It Is Difficult to Quit

Let’s be real: Quitting smoking is not just a test of will. You are waging a battle against a smoking addiction that includes physical, mental, and social components. It’s essential to take on a marathoner’s mindset to keep up your belief that with patience, support, and a quit plan, you CAN do it. Put 1 foot in front of the other until you reach the finish line. While this may seem daunting, each of these challenges becomes a whole lot easier with supporters to cheer you on from the sidelines.

You’re Not Alone in This

Quitting often requires changes in routine—like avoiding bars or groups of friends who smoke—in addition to causing some withdrawal symptoms like irritability or trouble concentrating. These factors can contribute to some quitters feeling a bit isolated. To overcome these potential pitfalls, it’s important to have a group of supporters to cheer you on, lift you up if you feel down, and celebrate with you every day that you are smoke-free.

Think of yourself as captain of the soccer team. As you start your quit, it’s time to select the teammates you want fielding goals as you take on your archrival team. These teammates can be friends, family, doctors, or support groups.

It can be an incredible asset to have a solid lineup of friends and loved ones by your side as you take on the quit. Don’t be bashful about calling on those closest to you when you have the urge to smoke, or in moments of sadness, boredom, happiness, or whenever you feel you need them.

Another avenue of support is your healthcare provider, who understands the challenges of quitting, beyond what some friends and family may. Many healthcare providers have been trained to provide the support needed for your quit, or can direct you to those who specialize in smoking cessation. Plus, support from a healthcare provider, including medication and counseling, can double your chances of quitting successfully.

It’s certainly worth setting an appointment or bringing up your desire to quit smoking at your next scheduled visit.