Smokers tend to think that they don’t really need support when attempting to quit smoking, and that they can manage well on their own. If indeed you don’t need that level of support, how come you are still smoking? There is obviously something missing in your plan to quit smoking. Your attempts to quit smoking without support did not work, otherwise you would not be still trying to find a way to quit.
By creating a support structure, your chances of successfully quitting smoking will be much higher. Using a quit smoking support group has always been a stumbling block for smokers trying to tackle their addictions. Smoking addicts have a strong tendency to resist support, without realizing that receiving adequate support will in many cases mean the difference between success and failure.
Surveys have found that success in quitting smoking is associated with having a non-smoking partner, and not being exposed to smokers in the household and social environment.
Here’s what you can do to create a quit smoking support group. Enlist the help of your family members, friends, and colleagues; people who know about your plan to quit smoking. Get them to support and motivate you. Here’s how you can do it:
- Ask your colleagues sitting next to you to remind you whenever you have the urge to smoke. Go for tea breaks with non-smoking colleagues.
- Request your family members/partner to give words of encouragement for everyday that you don’t smoke.
- Let your friends know that you won’t be able to go for your usual drinks with them at the pub for the first 3-5 months. If they are your true friends, they will understand that this is for your own good.
The existence of supportive family, partner and friends enhances the success in quitting smoking. Go ahead and form your quit smoking support group now. The more people there are in your support group, the better it is to help you quit smoking.
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