Some people see quitting as a private battle between themselves and cigarettes. But getting support is not a sign of weakness or lack of willpower. It’s the smart way to quit. In fact, you will double your chances of quitting if you have Quitline on your side.
Generally there are two types of support:
- Emotional support and
- Pharmacological support (quitting medications).
This is a valuable part of using a service like Quitline to help you quit. You will have access to counsellors who understand the addiction and what you are going through and can help you with motivation, confidence, practical strategies and understanding your own strengths that will help support you successfully quit. You may like to consider other avenues of support, including your GP, pharmacist, and your family and friends.
Quitting medications, such as nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and Champix, can help to reduce withdrawal symptoms such as nicotine cravings. They usually do not stop withdrawal symptoms altogether, as most people’s smoking is also linked to habits and emotions.
Remember Quitline can help you handle these times and adjust to life without cigarettes.
Giving up smoking is a process that’s going to be unique for everyone. Whether you end up using both medication and emotional support, or just one, Quitline is the place to start to work out what will be best for you.