There are many different stop smoking programs that are available on the market today.
- Some of these stop smoking programs claim to provide instantaneous results to those using the program, often without much effort on the part of the individuals trying to stop smoking.
- Often these stop smoking programs will provide stop smoking patches to help with the physical part of the addiction, easing the withdrawal systems, while providing support with the mental part of the addiction.
- Many of these programs will provide counseling as a part of the program or some support group that the people can attend to give additional support while the symptoms of withdrawal and retraining of the mind and body are being worked on.
What to Look for in a stop smoking program
When choosing the stop smoking program, there are certain things to check into before buying the program.
If there is a promise of instantaneous results, the program should be avoided. If the program is very expensive, then the people should check with the Better Business Bureau to see if there have been any complaints about the program and if the program is registered with the Better Business Bureau. Any credible program will give references of people who have used the program to give it validity and they will not use any ‘secret ingredient’ pills or injections to help people recover from smoking.
There are some stop smoking programs that do not cost the individuals anything to use them. There are Nicotine Anonymous groups that people can attend that hold meetings at least once per week. These meetings follow the twelve step program that Alcoholics Anonymous follows so that individuals have specific steps to overcoming their addiction. The group also provides support to the people attending because the others in the group can relate to what they are going through. There are often partners or sponsors that are given to each individual in the group so that they have someone to call during the week to get help if they are struggling with temptation.
If you’re a veteran, there is a stop smoking program available through the Veterans Administration. I quit using this program and would highly recommend it.
Other stop smoking programs have different sessions that the person goes to, often in group form as well. Each session is usually about thirty minutes long and there are about seven or more sessions in the program to complete it. In this way, the person has support for at least two weeks, with at least a month being even better since the physical cravings may wear off within that time but the mental cravings take longer to conquer.