Quit for Life: 5 Ways On How Your Doctor Can Help

by Dr Antonio Howell, MD

in quit smoking

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Trying to quit smoking? If you want to increase your chance of success, you might want to consider setting an appointment with your doctor. Quitting smoking is easier when you know someone is there to guide you all along.

Education


Your doctor can provide you with all the information you want to know about quitting smoking. Maybe you have plenty of questions on your mind. Maybe you are wondering if it’s possible to reverse the effects of smoking on your health or reduce your risk of developing cancer and other diseases. Maybe you are confused with the plethora of information you see on and off the web. Your doctor can tell you which facts from the myths are. He can explain to you the potential harm that smoking brings to your health. He or she can also determine the extent of damage cigarettes have made on your body.


Treatment Options

Furthermore, your doctor can explain to you the benefits as well as the consequences of each stop smoking aid. After checking your medical status, the doctor can determine what treatment is most appropriate for you. If you have a medical condition, such as heart disease, diabetes or depression, or you are pregnant or under 18, the more you need help from a health professional when deciding on what method to use.

Monitoring

Another benefit of working with your doctor when trying to quit smoking is that he or she can guide you all along. Anytime you experience something unusual, your doctor will let you know whether it’s a side effect of the drug you are using or is just a normal part of quitting smoking. He can also explain to you the stages of smoking cessation and what you should expect. This way, you can prepare yourself for the challenges to come.

Comprehensive Programs


If you have tried several quit smoking methods already but still find yourself failing, you may be in need of a complex treatment program that involves two or more interventions along with counseling and other therapies. Your doctor has access to many organizations and agencies that offer more comprehensive smoking cessation plans for people who are trying to quit nicotine addiction. They can refer you to the right program that can significantly increase your chance of success.

Motivation

All doctors understand that most people try and fail in quitting smoking, just like they do in diet and exercise. Even if you didn’t succeed in your first try, your doctor is just there to support you and give you all the help needed to quit for good. It is part of their job to sympathize and understand, and at the same time, encourage you to try again.

Your physician is both a friend and an expert. Whether you simply need information, help in choosing a quit smoking aid, or you need someone to guide you all along, your doctor is there.


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