Helping you quit
We are here to make it as easy as possible to stop smoking. There are a few things you will need to think about when you are planning to stop smoking, the support we offer breaks these into two parts:
- Your nicotine needs.
- Your beliefs, habits, routines, triggers, situations and people that keep you smoking, sometimes even when you don't really want to, we call these your behavioural needs.
Your nicotine needs:
When you smoke, you send nicotine into your body which is picked up by receptors in the brain which feed your cravings. Over time these receptors need more nicotine which is when you get nicotine cravings which make you feel uncomfortable. This can lead to an addiction to nicotine.
When you don’t get nicotine or enough of it, you can go into nicotine withdrawals. This is when you may become emotional or nervous, low, feel sick, sleep poorly, have a headache or just feel out of sorts. You will know what this feels like for you. This discomfort makes you want to smoke again to lift you out of the nicotine withdrawals.
Medication can help you deal with your need for nicotine by either replacing it or blocking its effects. As a service, we offer two medicinal ways to help with your cravings, these are either prescribed medication from you GP or nicotine replacement therapy. Whichever one you choose we can help and support you whilst you are stopping.
To find out more about these options visit our Medicines Page
Your behavioural needs:
As well as dealing with the cravings for nicotine, it is important to deal with the beliefs, habits, routines, triggers, people and situations that keep you smoking, even when you don't really want to.
Our friendly and experienced advisors are specialists in supporting you to understand your personal triggers and can help you with the challenges that you face. We pride ourselves in treating everyone as an individual and will make sure that your behavioural support is tailored to your needs.
If you want to speak to one of our team about your quit needs call us on 0300 123 3791.