Smoke Cessation Services
Everyone who smokes cigarettes wonders how to quit smoking and they realize the reasons to quit smoking are numerous. Many have tried various techniques like setting a quit smoking timeline, quitting cold turkey, using stop smoking aids like the nicotine patch and engaging in ineffective smoking cessation programs. Everywhere they turn there’s someone offering stop smoking tips or another anti smoking campaign.
Some basic smoking facts:
Cigarette smoking is a habit which quickly develops into a powerful physical and psychological addiction.
Quitting smoking can be painfully difficult and this is the main reason people can’t successfully quit smoking. The physical and psychological symptoms due to the effects of quitting smoking and the resulting nicotine withdrawal vary widely from individual to individual.
The physical symptoms commonly include an increased appetite, coughing, sweating, muscle aches and cramps, constipation and/or diarrhea, nausea, headaches, sleep disturbances, weight gain, forgetfulness and an inability to concentrate.
The psychological symptoms often include irritability, restlessness, anxiety, depression, decreases in work performance, in sexual drive and even increased aggressive behavior.
Fortunately, there are plenty of positive physical and psychological effects that help to counterbalance the negative ones. First off, there’s the sense of empowerment and increase of self-esteem from being free of cigarette smoking. Secondly, the carbon monoxide levels in your bloodstream usually return to normal within about 12 hours, your pulse rate will normalize, and your skin temperature will increase. Overall cardiac function and blood circulation improves, all the way to your fingers and toes. Your heart will begin to heal within a few days and return to a nearly normal condition within a year and your breathing should become easier in two or three weeks. Your immune system will strengthen and your stamina and vitality will show improvement within two to three months and after about 10 years of quitting smoking your risk of lung cancer will be about the same as someone who has never smoked.
More reasons to quit smoking are the delivery of more oxygen to your brain and other parts of your body, reduced blood pressure and a return of your sense of smell and taste. Your clothes, hair, body and breath will smell better, as will your home and workplace.
SMOKE CESSATION SERVICES that work, and are offered by Dr. Dave and Oasis Integrative Medicine include:
This has as a good success rate in helping people to stop smoking. Acupuncture reduces and/or eliminates cravings by balancing your brain chemistry and also works to help heal any damage caused by smoking.
There are people who may require medical support to help them address their nicotine addiction and stop smoking cigarettes. Research has shown that a combination of pharmaceutical and counseling is more effective than either course alone. The use of pharmaceuticals to quit smoking may include nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and/or non-nicotine therapies.
These are pharmacologic doses of certain nutrients and vitamins. In regard to smoking cessation, nutraceuticals are used to eliminate or at least minimize the cravings for cigarettes, the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal and unwanted weight gain; all direct results of quitting smoking.
Most cigarette smokers have been living a smoking lifestyle for years and to reverse this process, a re-conditioning must occur. There is a lot involved in quitting smoking and lifestyle modification is critical not only to quitting, but succeeding for the long term.