One of the hardest parts of quitting smoking is resisting the urge when a craving comes. Many people fail in their attempt to quit smoking because they make the mistake of going it alone. Getting professional help from your local health clinic can help ensure success:
Have a Plan
Work with a health care professional at your clinic to develop a plan to deal with the cravings as they occur. Prescription nicotine replacement therapies can help you get beyond the worst of the cravings. Your healthcare provider can make recommendations for the best types of nicotine replacement therapies for you. Your healthcare provider may also have suggestions for ways to keep yourself busy when a craving occurs.
Some people need an activity to keep their hands occupied while others need something to chew or eat. Whether you should keep carrots in your refrigerator, chewing gum in your pocket or a scarf to knit in your backpack, your healthcare provider can work with you to generate ideas and help you get a plan in place.
Work with a Professional to Identify Triggers
Cravings don't tend to come out of nowhere; they often have triggers. Some triggers, like daily routines that lead to smoking, are obvious and you should be able to identify them on your own. However, other triggers are more internal and harder to identify. These triggers may include strong emotions like anger or loneliness, and physical sensations like hunger and weariness.
Understanding the actual reasons behind the craving can help you treat the source of the craving without needing to smoke. For example, if your craving is coming from feelings of hunger, eating a snack can eliminate the feeling that prompts the craving.
However, many smokers have been turning to smoking for so long they no longer recognize their true needs. Working with a therapist to explore your feelings and can help you identify these triggers. Your health clinic may be able to refer you to a therapist, and may even have a therapist on staff who can help.
Join A Support Group
Your local health clinic may offer resources, like support group meetings, to help you in your quest to stop smoking. Having a group of people who understand your feelings and feel those same things can give you strength. Support groups can also help you examine your feelings about smoking in productive ways. The more you understand about your urges and cravings, the better you'll be able to overcome them. Talk to your health clinic about any support groups they might have for smokers.
For more information about support for quitting smoking, speak with your healthcare provider at the clinic.