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How to Find A Smoking Treatment Center

Smoking treatment centers exist throughout the United States. These treatment centers offer either residential or outpatient treatment; the program that is right for you will depend on your needs and goals. Most smoking-related cessation programs can be found under- the title “addiction treatment facilities,” if performing an online search.

Regardless of which treatment center you attend, you can expect effective and thorough counsel. Each program is comprised of the following basic elements:

  • Counseling—A qualified staff member will evaluate and treat your smoking addiction according to your dependency.
  • Medications—Withdrawals are a given, thus a medical professional may administer medication to soothe these effects. This is decided on a case-by-case basis and you can opt to not receive medication if for any reason you object.
  • Stress Management—A comprehensive set of tools are provided to allow an individual to manage mentally his or her stress resulting from nicotine dependence and withdrawal.
  • Exercise Tools—Each center has its own method of incorporating exercises, like yoga poses, to help relax the patient.
  • Customized Plan— The center of your choice will most certainly customize a plan according to your case and based on your needs.

The treatment methods that are right for you will depend on your level of dependence. In some cases, counseling is all that is required, while in others, more complex treatment is necessary to help an individual break his or her dependence on nicotine and smoking.

Not every state has a specific smoking treatment center. However, the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration has a treatment center locator. It has over 11,000 alcohol and drug abuse/addiction treatment facilities and programs to search from. It is thorough and easy to use.

In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide a comprehensive guide on how to quit smoking, including a support line (1-800-QUIT-NOW) available 24/7. For further assistance, www.SmokeFree.gov contains a comprehensive list of options on how to reduce or eliminate your nicotine dependence, including a variety of resources to help you quit smoking.

Once you’ve settled on a particular treatment center, be sure to call and inquire about availability, treatment methods and cost. Asking questions will allow you to better understand how they manage their programs and understand whether it is the program for you. Be sure that their mission coincides with your needs and goals—ask as many questions as possible.