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In the last section, we discussed relapse. Because relapse is highly individualized, we discussed two situations that cause relapse as well as the three rules of relapse. Two situations that cause relapse are emotional upset and boredom.
As you know, tobacco dependent clients generally attempt to quit smoking prior to a successful quit attempt. Therefore, to successfully overcome tobacco dependency, clients may need help quitting for good. Therefore, this section attempts to provide practical information regarding coping with cravings, charting progress and staying focused. If your tobacco dependent client could benefit form hearing this section, you might consider playing this section at your next session.
♦ #1 - Coping With Cravings
Samantha listed five coping skills that she found helpful. As you listen to these five skills for coping with cravings that Samantha used, consider how your client can implement them. Could he or she break smoking patterns with these skills?
♦ #2 - Charting Progress
By charting progress, clients like Devon can verify improvement, which helps validate their success. However, a second aspect of charting progress is rewarding milestones. For example, Devon had outlined milestones of one month, three months, six months and one year. Devon stated, "When I get to three months, I’m going to buy a new TV with the money I’ll save." By rewarding milestones, would you agree clients like Devon can increase their chances of success in overcoming tobacco dependency?
♦ #3 - Staying Focused
Robin, age 38, stated, "I think back on it and wonder, ‘Why was it so hard to quit smoking?’ I mean, I like not smoking! Food tastes better, I can breathe easier and I have more energy. My wife says I smell better, too. But I invested a lot of time and effort into quitting. It was hard not to light up. I kept losing sight of my goals and why I wanted to quit. But I didn’t do it alone. I kept coming back to my treatment plan, and reminding myself why I was quitting. I just got stronger every day."
Do you have a client like Robin, who successfully quit smoking? Was staying focused important to your Robin? Would playing this section be productive for your tobacco dependent client?
In this section, we have discussed quitting for good. This section provided practical information regarding coping with cravings, charting progress and staying focused. Do you have a tobacco dependent client that would benefit from listening to this section during your next session?
Promising Strategies to Reduce Substance Abuse
- U.S. Department of Justice. (2000). Promising Strategies to Reduce Substance Abuse. Office of Justice Programs.