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Smoking is an addictive habit that can be difficult to break.
So, when your loved one decides to quit, your support plays an important part in their success. It will take time for the cravings to fade and there may be a few slip-ups, but you can help keep your loved one focused on the end goal of a healthier lifestyle by celebrating the positive steps along the way.
“Remember to keep focused on the positive, small wins,” says Julia Afridi, DO, Medical Director of Integrative Medicine at Edward-Elmhurst Health. “Think positive and focus on those times they do well so they maintain that positive frame of mind toward making that change for better.”
The American Cancer Society and SmokeFree.Gov have a helpful tips for friends and family of a person trying to quit smoking. Here are some ways you can support your loved one:
If you have a loved one who smokes and want to encourage them to quit smoking, look for a way to bring up the topic, but don’t nag. Try asking if they’ve thought about quitting, ask about health concerns related to smoking or the expense of smoking.
Edward-Elmhurst Health offers acupuncture to help people quit smoking. This method helps lower stress and other factors that could feed into the addictive behavior, Afridi says. For more information about this, contact the Integrative Medicine Clinic.
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