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Choosing the Right Stop Smoking Program

If you are going to enlist the help of professionals in quitting smoking, it is important to carefully evaluate the credentials and claims of the programs you are considering. You want to ensure a good fit between yourself and the methods used, as well as weed out anything that sounds too good to be true. For instance, no program should claim to be 99% effective. Stopping smoking is a highly individualized process, and it is common to experience failure at least once before you fully succeed at your goal. However, you can decrease the likelihood of failure by choosing your approach carefully.

It is important to choose methods that sound realistic to you, not something you are going to feel dubious about from the start. If you are not a person who has any interest in being hypnotized, you probably won't achieve much success that way. Your full cooperation and commitment is an essential component of any plan to stop smoking. It is therefore best to take into account your own interests and the particulars of your situation, in addition to the recommendations of others.

Some methods of stopping smoking are also more costly than others, so you should decide how much you are able and willing to pay. In some cases there are less costly alternatives, such as books and videos in place of in-person treatment sessions. Other tips do not cost much, for instance, using healthy snacks to help distract you from cravings.

In this area you can try a variety, to find out what works best for you. The best stop smoking plan should involve attention to your behavioral patterns around smoking, the physiological withdrawal, the psychological factors such as your beliefs about smoking and any underlying emotional conditions including stress. Because so many factors can be involved, the most effective program will address your smoking habit from several different angles. In this way, you will be less likely to relapse, and be better able to respond to challenges appropriately. It is quite possible you may need to try several different approaches before finding the one that is right for you, so don't give up.

Enlist the help of friends and family to keep you on track, and be realistic but firm about your goals. Having very clear reasons for quitting will also help you remind yourself of the how important it is to stick with your plan. Give yourself rewards, or treats to share with your loved ones to further motivate you and help maintain your momentum. With persistence, your efforts will be well worthwhile, and the results will last a lifetime.

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