Ask anyone - nicotine is one of the toughest addictions to overcome. Feelings of withdrawal and discouragement can overwhelm, and relapse rates can run high. Tobacco dependence becomes physically, mentally, emotionally and socially embedded into your lifestyle over many years, so peeling back the layers during the cessation process can take some time.
Like most big life changes, the key to success is PRACTICE! And, here's where your coach can make all the difference! The right coach can help you focus, resolve ambivalence, create a personal plan, identify triggers, learn from past slips and build your bridge to freedom! Studies have shown that tobacco users who include COACHING in their quit plan have a 2 to 3 times greater chance of success.
With over 14 years as a Certified Tobacco Cessation Coach, I have helped thousands of clients at Maine Medical Center for Tobacco Independence (CTI) in Portland, Maine and John Snow Research and Training Institute in Boston. The evidence-based tobacco cessation programs at MaineHealth CTI and John Snow Research and Training Institute became a model for the nation.
Each year, 480,000 Americans die from tobacco-related illness. A pack a day tobacco habit today costs an average of over $7,000 a year, including all time and medical losses. Smokers also pay more for insurance, lose money on the resale value of their cars and homes, and spend extra on dry cleaning and teeth cleaning. Long term, they earn less and receive less in pension and social security benefits. According to the CDC, the total health costs of smoking are staggering. Check out their Fact Sheet.
Quitting tobacco will improve your health, motivation, self-esteem & finances. A Coach with expertise in Tobacco Cessation can help you create a plan, stay on track, reach your goals, and avoid relapse to bad habits.
Well-being is a dynamic unfolding of interactions between environment, activity and psychological resource. High levels of well-being enable us to respond to difficult circumstances, to innovate and to effectively engage with our communities. Evaluating a person's well-being is a highly subjective practice, so partnering with a coach can offer you valuable feedback.
If you're beginning to see how your tobacco use is holding you back from your optimal well-being, or you've tried to quit but lacked the support or resources to succeed, maybe it's time for a new approach. Instead of allowing thoughts of failure or loss to keep getting in your way, imagine how much better the new you will feel freed from the chains of nicotine addiction.
The Be Tobacco-Free Program engages you with a broad array of cessation topics aimed at shoring up your resources. Condensed into 2 modules that are offered in a self-paced format, you will learn about readiness and planning, managing triggers and cravings, setting reasonable expectations, learning from setbacks, enlisting support, relapse prevention and habit change that sustains cessation. Send me a message about your interest or with any questions you may have. Click here to register for the Be Tobacco-Free program (supported). I genuinely look forward to working with you.
You have the FREEDOM to CHOOSE something different, the healthy life you deserve.
Sheryl Melanson, TTS-C (Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist, American Lung Association since 2003)