Even though people know how harmful smoking is, stopping can still be a significant challenge for many. If you want to quit smoking, Nurocoach can help. The practice has offices in Katy and Houston, Texas, and access to a nationwide network of highly skilled therapists via telehealth who offer expert smoking cessation programs. Call Nurocoach to discover how to free yourself from nicotine addiction, or schedule a smoking cessation consultation online today.
Smoking cessation means quitting smoking cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or anything containing tobacco products. The principles also apply to anyone hooked on vaping.
People often find it hard or impossible to stop smoking, but success is far more likely if you enroll in a medical smoking cessation program. Nurocoach’s counselors have years of experience supporting people as they quit smoking, achieving significantly better results than patients who manage independently.
Smoking causes extensive damage to your body and can make mental health conditions worse. If you smoke, your risk of a severe and potentially life-threatening illness is far higher, particularly for life-changing conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, including bronchitis and emphysema).
Smoking stains your teeth and causes gum disease and tooth decay. It can also give you halitosis (bad breath). Smoking can even impact fertility and can trigger erectile dysfunction in men. Your energy levels fall, you cough, and you may have trouble catching your breath. Healing is slower because smoking reduces the available oxygen in your blood that tissues need to repair themselves.
Smoking rates are far lower in the United States now than in the twentieth century, but 12.5% of the population (almost 40 million) still smoke. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in Americans, with more than 480,000 people dying each year from smoking-related causes.
Medically supervised smoking cessation programs might include:
NRT reduces nicotine cravings, one of the most challenging problems to overcome when quitting smoking. NRT patches, gum, and inhalers provide your body with enough nicotine to alleviate withdrawal effects and prevent relapses.
You might benefit from prescription smoking cessation medications that affect your brain’s chemical makeup. They help to minimize cravings and other withdrawal symptoms. You may take them with or instead of NRT.
Other therapies that could help you quit smoking include acupuncture and hypnotherapy. Nurocoach’s smoking cessation experts excel at using behavioral therapies to help you get through the difficult days when you wish you could have a cigarette. You learn to manage the desire to smoke and redirect your focus to healthier activities.
Call Nurocoach today to learn how to benefit from expert smoking cessation support or book an in-person or telehealth appointment online.