Quitting Smoking What Obstacles Do Term Paper

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They are telling me that for years they wished I would stop but they did not want to nag me for fear it would only make me smoke more. Those who did nag me were so overjoyed at my decision to change my behavior that they have acted warmly towards me and offer endless works of encouragement and support. As a result, I have truly come to appreciate the value of close friends who become willing to be honest. I have also realized the extent to which some of my close friends and family love and care about me. The effect on my psyche is overwhelmingly positive.

Week 6: How do you perceive your performance during this intervention and in the future how might you modify your intervention to enhance success?

So far I have done everything I possibly can to ensure my future success. I have progressed from a stage of total denial about the effects of my habit, through to a state of awareness and subsequent desire to change. Now I am in the phase of preparing and planning actively for change. Moreover, I see that I have created a reasonable plan. My plan is not to quit cold turkey without medical support. Instead, I am seeking the aid of doctors and qualified professionals to guide me through this painful and difficult time. I know that I can rely on their advice. Also, I have friends and family who I am relying on. My behavior reflects total trust and willingness.
If I were resisting this change, then I might make excuses about why I cannot trust a certain doctor or a certain loved one. I would resist asking for help or reaching out for support. Instead I perceive my performance as being built on a strong foundation of willingness, humility, and hope. My willingness to change, combined with a humble attitude regarding what I am and am not capable of, and hope that my behavior will in fact change: all these signal eventual success.

In the future, the only way to modify my intervention is to keep tabs on myself and avoid feeling complacent. I feel that one of the hardest stages of this change will be the maintenance stage, especially after feeling the initial successes. If I quit and then have an urge to smoke I might want to rationalize that act by saying "I've got this under control now; I can smoke one cigarette every now and then without feeling compelled to smoke every day. I must guard against such irrational thinking. Therefore, I am making a point to write down all the mental justifications and other triggers that I foresee happening in the future.

Reference

Hughes, J.R., Keely, J.P., Fagerstrom, K.O., Callas, P.W.

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