Giving up smoking is like bidding farewell to an old friend. You’ll have to face not only the physical and social withdrawal of quitting, but you’ll also be making a large transition in your everyday life and your regular encounters with others.
If you are tackling quitting right now, or if you’ve tried to quit smoking before, you know exactly how hard it can be. It may take you several tries to quit for good, but each time you try, you’re closer to your goal. Treat past experiences as steps on the road to future success. Think about what worked for you, and what’ll you’ll do differently this time.
Above all, don’t go it alone.
Speak to your family and friends about quitting, find a quitting buddy, and speak to your doctor. Medications can help reduce withdrawal symptoms, but work best when used as part of a stop-smoking plan that addresses the physical and psychological components of quitting.
Further increase your chances of success with a Smoking Cessation Program, available to anyone who is eligible for registration with Unison. This free, confidential counselling program provides interactive and personalized support. You will speak directly to a certified smoking cessation counselor, meet major milestones and connect with online support groups moderated by health care professionals.
The Smoking Cessation Program will help you:
- Understand why and when you smoke
- Identify and thwart your smoking triggers
- Prevent slips and relapse
- Build social support networks
- Deal with stress and other obstacles you face that may affect your progress
Unison’s Assistance Program is always free and completely confidential.