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Nicotine addiction is the major factor impeding smoking cessation and long-term abstinence. Relapse during and after treatment is common and many interventions are often necessary.  However, smoking cessation is most successful when behavioural interventions are employed to support smokers throughout a course of pharmacological treatment, which can be one of the first-line medications or perhaps a combination of different types of Nicotine Replacement Therapy. Your GP can prescribe appropriate pharmacological treatment; we can provide the behavioural intervention.

For further information about our programme to assist you with changing your smoking behaviour, ring me at 086-8720559 or email willienoonan@newdaynewway.ie

I began smoking when I was with my friends; it helped me to fit in. I didn’t really like it at first, but as time went on, I got used to it. When you get so used to a behaviour, it can become automatic. Mind you, it serves a purpose; you get something out of it. Before you know where you are, it becomes a habit, and in next to no time, you cannot stop it, you are addicted. Now it seems impossible to change the behaviour.

Ok, if the behaviour is serving you well, why change it?

If it is not doing you any harm, what’s the problem?

I guess if you are reading this, you must be concerned about your smoking behaviour. I can only hope, that like I did, you are becoming concerned about smoking and your health, and the health of those nearest and dearest to you who do not smoke. You want to cut back or quit smoking altogether.

Attempting any form of behavioural change can at first appear impossible. Smoking is possibly the most difficult behaviour to change. But think about it for a moment, did you always smoke? Were you always addicted? Of course, the answer to both of these questions is “No”. So, what happened?
 
At some stage of your life you introduced a new behaviour, ‘smoking’ into your life. Another way to say this is; you learned a new behaviour. When you look back over your life I am sure you will see that you are pretty good at learning new behaviours, we all are, that’s how life operates. We replace old behaviours that are no longer serving us well with new more beneficial behaviours. For example; once upon a time you only required a spoon to eat you food, however, in time you discovered that using a knife and fork served you better as you were eating, or, if you drive, when you discovered that driving a car was more beneficial to meeting your needs, you learned a new behaviour, driving. The point of this is, you are experienced at learning new behaviours.
 
The important thing to understand is this; when learning a new behaviour is important to you, and you have the confidence to do it, then you can find the motivation to accomplish learning the new behaviour. The very same principle applies to changing your smoking behaviour. When you discover exactly how important it is for you to change your smoking behaviour, and have the confidence to do it, then you will be able to find the motivation to accomplish learning how to change your smoking behaviour. Some people learn how to cut back and reduce their level of smoking; others learn how to stop altogether.

The principle components involved in behaviour change are;

CHANGE = IMPORTANCE AND CONFIDENCE

The biggest threat to achieving behaviour change is AMBIVALANCE. An example of ambivalence might be; I know I would feel a lot better if I didn’t smoke but how will I manage my stress if I quit smoking. These feelings produce more stress and simply set up the need for another cigarette.

NewDay-NewWay can help you to CHANGE YOUR SMOKING BEHAVIOUR by helping you to;

Ø Develop an understanding of how AMBIVALENCE CAN SABOTAGE YOUR BEST EFFORTS to cut down or stop smoking.

Ø Discover your ambivalent cognitions and emotions and work through them.

Ø Learn to have sufficient confidence in your own ability to reduce your level of smoking or completely quit altogether.

Ø Discover how your environment can contribute to facilitating smoking behaviour.

Ø Discover your smoking triggers.

Ø Identify your goals and develop a strategy to achieve them.

Ø Work at developing your level of motivation to succeed in achieving your goals.

For further information or to arrange an appointment why not give me a ring on 086-8720559 or email willienoonan@newdaynewway.ie