Support Groups – A Great Way To Quit!

You know that now is the time to finally quit smoking. The signs have been all too obvious. Quit smoking has evolved from passive ad campaigning to legislation banning. Smoking in eating and drinking establishments, businesses and corporate establishments has transformed to partitioning select outdoor places for smoking. Everything around you is telling you that it’s time to give up the nasty habit.

You know the benefits. The fact is, within 3 months after quitting, there will be significant improvement in the functions of all your internal organs. Do you really need to hear anything more positive than that?

No one is saying it’s easy. Quitting will be like losing a great, dear friend — and you may find yourself grieving a bit. But the fact remains that quitting smoking is the best thing you can do to improve your life and health.

Quitting smoking requires resolve, intent and outside resources. It shouldn’t be completely serious and depressing. You can enjoy your newfound health without the pain of withdrawal.

Quitting smoking is hard, but doing it cold turkey is harder. I have two friends who quit with me. The idea of a support group cheering each other on makes it easier. An additional obstacle to quitting is the many daily behavior patterns that smokers may not even realize they have, such as morning or before-bed cigarette routines, or smoking with friends, co-workers or spouses. When you quit smoking with someone you see regularly, they remind you of these straining habits and routines. They may give you advice from their own personal strategies. “If you smoke mostly at work, try quitting on a weekend.”

After quitting and getting through the first couple of weeks, staying off cigarettes is critical and not always easy.

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I just quit smoking and needed to see that for more support, support groups are mandatory. Whether they’re formal or informal, support groups help. Gather the supplies that you’ll need, and get your support network in place. With education, support and practice, we all have the ability to quit smoking successfully. The number one reason that people fail to quit is the lack of support. When you continue to receive the support you require for as many days, weeks, or months as you need for you to completely solidify your new identity as a non-smoker, you will succeed.