How Stop Smoking Groups Can Ease The Task Of Quitting
Stop smoking groups can be a major source of help and support for anyone who has finally decided that they need to quit smoking now. The numbers of people making this choice have increased so dramatically that there are now more ex-smokers than smokers in many countries throughout the world, and this fact alone can give new hope to those who have tried before and failed. There are a great many ex-smokers who did not succeed in giving up at the first attempt, and the support groups can be a major benefit in helping you turn the corner.
The most important fact to realize about quitting smoking is that the vast majority of people who succeed do so without using any form of external aids such as gum or patches. These aids can only do so much, in that they help to lessen the cravings felt by those who have just stopped smoking. They provide the body with a dose of nicotine from an alternative source, which is a mixed blessing. Obviously, the nicotine lessens the craving, but it also keeps the addiction cycle in progress instead of breaking it completely. When a body is still addicted to nicotine, there is a far greater likelihood of a relapse when there are challenging circumstances.
These common treatments are also not likely to be effective because they concentrate on the physical addiction to nicotine and the other chemicals and do nothing about the more important addiction which is mental. If smoking is to be defeated, the mind is going to need convincing that it can survive without it. This is why hypnotherapy has such a high rate of success, because it works directly on the inner cause in the subconscious mind. You don't have to have hypnotherapy to quit smoking, but it does illustrate the importance of mental techniques.
Some of this mental transformation can occur as a result of joining stop smoking groups, which can achieve several important aims. Firstly, such a group can help the mind to come to terms with the fact that it can survive and even prosper without the use of cigarettes, because you will be interacting with other people who will have achieved the goal you want to achieve. The mental shift may not be made immediately, but persevere and there will come a point where it will happen. Also, a physical stop smoking group can take you away from habitual haunts where you are more likely to light up through habit.
There is ample evidence to prove that people find it much harder to give up smoking when they are constantly in the presence of others who smoke. These people can be work colleagues, family or social friends, it doesn't matter. If you used to smoke in their company, it will be better to avoid them unless they are prepared to stop smoking around you, and certainly avoid them if they are not sympathetic to your cause. Remember, your entire life is at stake here. Forming new social alliances with people who have a different outlook, through groups in your area, can help you greatly in the early days when the pressure is at its most intense.
There are also stop smoking groups which you can find online. These will not give you the same opportunity to meet like minded people face to face, or to escape from places where you habitually used to smoke, but they can be a great asset for those who live rurally and cannot get to a physical group. Even those who are members of a local group might want to explore what the Internet has to offer, as you can gain support and knowledge from an international perspective through online stop smoking groups.Written by Diana Snow.
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