Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Stop Smoking Through a Tobacco Cessation Program

All smokers know that smoking is not good for them. Yet, the habit is terribly addictive and it is too hard to quit. Either you need to be strong with your will or the best way is to enroll to a tobacco cessation program. Priya Singh writes more on how does a cessation program proves beneficial. Read on…

Smoking cessation requires a structured intervention by a Comprehensive Tobacco Cessation Program, in which both the physiology and psychology of a tobacco addict are addressed. The smoker is provided with a step-by-step assistance during the quit attempt. It is essentially a “Lifestyle Treatment Program”, comprising of seven to eight intensive counseling sessions, to help the smoker quit the habit successfully and to maintain the abstinence for life.

The treatment program essentially takes care of the two very important aspects of quitting.

  • We help you to quit the lethal addiction.
  • We train you in relapse prevention, so that you remain a quitter always.

The treatment involves a detailed assessment procedure that also includes psychometric testing and physiological testing. We have a Smoke check machine, in which we assess the CO levels in smokers.

Besides, we do the psychotherapeutic interventions. These include harmonious mix of motivation enhancement therapy, cognitive therapy, behavioural skills training and relapse prevention. The behavioural interventions are based on the theory that learning processes operate in the development, maintenance and cessation and smoking. Major goals of the therapy are to change the antecedents to smoking, to reinforce nonsmoking and to teach skills to avoid smoking in high-risk situations.

Pharmacotherapeutic intervention includes medicines to help control the urges/withdrawals; and to make the quitting easier. We use a combination of various therapies (Nicotine Replacement therapy, Burproprion HCl Therapy, Varenicline Tartrate therapy) to help control the withdrawals and unpleasantness while quitting smoking. We also teach yogic exercises to help smokers expel toxins and revive their lungs.
Duration of the program involves 7-8 therapeutic sessions, spread over a period of 2 weeks. The treatment is scheduled to be intense, powerful and effective.
Cost of the program varies from Rs. 5000 – Rs 7000.

Success rate of the program: With our sustained efforts; and intensive intervention module, we could achieve a quit success rate of 80% over a period of three months follow up.

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