There are five common obstacles that stop smokers from taking the leap, according to Amy Metzger, MSW, LCSW, behavioral health consultant at CentraState. They are:
- Fear of failure
- Lack of support
- Physical discomfort from withdrawal, such as cravings and urges
- Difficulty ending a “relationship” with cigarettes
- Lack of other coping skills to relieve stress
But worry not! CentraState’s evidence-based smoking cessation program, A Time to Quit, covers both the physical and behavioral components to help you kick the habit for good.
“We do everything we can to empower people with the right tools to reinforce their decision to quit smoking and strengthen their resiliency,” say Dianne Errichetti, RN, MSN, tobacco dependency treatment specialist at CentraState. “We make the program lighthearted, supportive, and fun.”
Peg and her husband Joe are three years smoke free. Peg’s blood pressure has decreased and she has lowered her medication dose by half.
“This program was a lot of laughs and a great accomplishment,” says Joe. “I wish I had done it years ago.”