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Smoking cessation

A smoking cessation program is a personalized plan of treatment designed to help people quit smoking. Treatment plans often include multiple approaches, such as one-on-one counseling or coaching, group or community support programs, medication to control cravings and withdrawal symptoms, and nicotine replacement therapies (NRT) such as gums, patches, inhalers, and lozenges.

Understanding nicotine and tobacco use disorder

Nicotine is the highly addictive substance in cigarettes that gives smokers a rush of pleasure and reinforces the behavior of smoking. When nicotine reaches the brain, it increases levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine, generating a reward response. Prolonged exposure to nicotine alters brain chemistry and creates both physical and psychological dependence.

Over time, smokers require higher amounts of nicotine to experience the same effects, and if individuals try to stop smoking, they can experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. This dependence on nicotine drives the problematic patterns of tobacco use that are seen in individuals with tobacco use disorder.

In a smoking cessation program, you will learn about the effects of nicotine on your body and how to manage cravings for cigarettes. You will also get tips for reducing stress levels and coping with withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal can be uncomfortable and may include symptoms such as irritability, anxiety, depressed mood, restlessness, and difficulty concentrating. While these symptoms are unpleasant, they can be effectively managed with medication.

Signs of tobacco use disorder

If you have tried to quit smoking but were not able to do so, it may be a sign that you have tobacco use disorder.

Other signs to watch for include:

  • Having strong cravings for cigarettes

  • Smoking a greater quantity, or over a longer period of time, than you intended

  • Spending a lot of time on activities related to obtaining or using tobacco

  • Ignoring self-care, social activities, work, or chores because of smoking

  • Continuing to smoke even though it causes major social or interpersonal issues

  • Smoking in hazardous situations

  • Needing to smoke a greater quantity of tobacco to achieve the same effect

  • Experiencing physical withdrawal symptoms when you try to stop smoking

Is smoking related to other mental health conditions?

Smoking is more common in individuals suffering from underlying mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression. Smoking may relieve anxiety for a short period of time, but in the long run, can make mental health symptoms worse.

Geode Health offers comprehensive treatment for mental health disorders and co-occurring substance use disorders to help you manage both conditions at once.

When to quit smoking

It is never too soon or too late to quit smoking. The sooner you stop smoking, the better your chances of avoiding long-term health consequences such as lung disease, heart disease, and cancer. Additionally, quitting can improve your mood and increase energy levels. Many people attempt to quit multiple times before succeeding.

If you or a loved one has tried and failed to quit smoking, or is waiting for the right time to make the decision, talk to a Geode Health provider. Our skilled clinicians will work together with you to develop a treatment plan, giving you the tools to successfully quit smoking.


How does a smoking cessation program work?

A smoking cessation program typically begins with an assessment of your nicotine use, medical history, and lifestyle habits. This includes discussing any factors that may make quitting more challenging, such as stress or access to cigarettes. Your mental healthcare provider will then design a plan that addresses your unique needs and goals.

Your treatment plan may include:

  • Setting a quit date or gradually reducing the number of cigarettes smoked each day

  • Starting medication to help reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms

  • Using nicotine replacement products like patches, gum, or lozenges

  • Talking with a therapist about triggers for smoking and strategies for preventing relapse

  • Learning healthy coping strategies to manage cravings and stress

  • Participating in support groups or individual therapy sessions

At Geode Health, our providers are here to provide evidence-based treatments that will help you quit smoking and remain smoke-free. We offer both in-person and telehealth options so you can get personalized care wherever you are.

Find treatment to quit smoking today

If you are ready to quit smoking, Geode Health is here to help. Our providers offer compassionate and comprehensive care for those struggling with tobacco use disorder and related mental health concerns. Book an appointment today to get started on your journey toward a healthier, smoke-free life. We look forward to helping you reach your goals.

If you are in crisis and in need of immediate support

Please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by dialing 988 or text the Crisis Text Line by texting HELLO to 741741