Approximately 37.8 million adults in the United States are said to be currently smoking cigarettes, and 16 million are living with a smoking-related illness.
Tobacco consumption is a powerful addiction because nicotine stimulates specialized neural receptors in the brain, just as all other highly addictive substances do. Most quitters fail in their initial attempt because their cravings are just too strong. — Nigel Barber Ph.D.
Though it is said that smoking has declined by almost 21 out of every 100 adults, still cigarette use is a burden to the health of not only the smoker himself but his family as well.
Smoking Puts Your Family At Greater Risk Both Physically And Mentally
Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke have a higher chance of developing asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, and other diseases of the respiratory system. It can also be a cause for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Mentally, children with mothers who smoke were found to have behavioral problems. They were more aggressive, bullies, rule breakers, and displayed disobedient behaviors.
Smoking may look right for these kids as they see their parents smoking while they are growing up, and will eventually turn them into becoming smokers soon.
…tobacco smoking increased risk of depression and schizophrenia, but also that depression and schizophrenia increase the likelihood of smoking (although the evidence was weaker in this direction for schizophrenia). —
Let Counseling Guide You
Knowing how smoking negatively impacts your family’s well-being can give you a second thought about stopping. If you think you have developed an addiction to cigarette smoking, making it hard for you to quit, counseling can help you a great deal.
Counseling Style Is Important
Counselors have their signature styles when dealing with smokers. Sometimes, it depends on the gravity of the addiction and how long the person had been smoking. Some counselors take note of the smoking status on every visit and assess each time the client’s willingness to quit and desire to remove the barriers that hinder him from stopping. Some even advise their client to attend support group sessions, so that they will have a heads up on what changes are about to happen once they quit smoking. A social support system is essential to survive withdrawal symptoms besides the medications that will be prescribed to them.
Irritability, restlessness, anxiety, depression, and binge eating are just some of the common nicotine withdrawal symptoms the smoker might experience which might make him give up quitting. A good counseling style, regular followup, open communication, being able to solve the problems that may lead to relapse, and the patient’s willingness will play a big part for the success of this quitting process.
Depression suggests that folks are giving up on finding a fix. This disproportion could indicate that people wait out their difficulties while they are anxious rather than seeking help in response to this initial distressed feeling. — Susan Heitler Ph.D.
Explaining the effects of smoking on the family with much clarity is one strategy counselors use in motivating the client to quit smoking. Identifying the reasons that are personally relevant, like putting the family at risk of developing respiratory diseases and behavioral problems in children can help the client understand the reason why he has to stop.
Reducing the foul smell from smoking, plus of course, improving his own health and that of his family is also one way of encouraging the client to stop.
Making a list and going through these hurdles to smoking cessation that could block the path to ultimately quitting smoking and what the client will do about them will test the patient’s willingness to stop.
Willpower Is A Must
Counseling style is essential no matter how good a the person himself, all these efforts will just go to waste. It is of importance to get the client motivated first by making him think about his family’s health and well-being and allowing him to realize that there are more benefits to quitting smoking.
There are many forms of counseling available online and various styles from which you can choose. But whichever you think fits your case, it will be less useful in making you quit smoking if you lack the willpower to do it.