Misty: I’m ready to quit….
Dr. Strauss: That’s great news! Are you going to join the group starting tomorrow?
Misty : What is that?
Dr. Strauss: It’s the program we offer here to help you quit.
Misty: Yes I would like to quit. What do I need to do?
Dr. Strauss: It’s free…Follow any of the “Group schedule” links.
Misty: How do I “just quit?”
Dr. Strauss: If it were possible to snap your fingers and stop, no one would still be smoking. It takes help. Smoking is an addiction. We teach you how to quit. It’s much harder to quit on your own.
Misty: I agree. It is very difficult.
Dr. Strauss: Unfortunately, cigs are a “quick fix” for when we are feeling uncomfortable. Part of the ”trick” is getting away from quick fixes.
Misty: I will never understand why I started in the 1st place. I hate smoking. My mom smoked, and never thought I would also.
Dr. Strauss: You are not alone. Many people wonder why they continue to smoke even when on some level it repulses them. That’s how addictive nicotine is.
Misty: I am just so grossed out by it…Do you suggest quitting cold turkey?
Dr. Strauss: If by “cold turkey” you mean just “stopping” without any help, it doesn’t usually last. Less than 5% of people are successful quitting smoking that way. That’s why we created QuitGroups.