The decision to stop smoking is an important, potentially lifesaving decision. While nicotine is a highly addictive substance, at PiH we address the dependence that develops and the behavior patterns that go along with that dependence. Impacting the dependence is often the critical ingredient that determines the long-term success of the person making the decision to stop smoking and become an ex-smoker. At PiH, we recognize that smoking is a habit that is maintained because it temporarily satisfies overlapping needs at multiple levels: chemical/physiological, psychological, emotional, situational/environmental, and behavioral. A number of these needs are triggered by events outside of immediate awareness, which is one reason the habit can feel so powerful.
At PiH, we respond, to your decision to stop smoking as an important decision made for a variety of reasons, but we also know that there are also doubts or hesitations that people experience as they move to end the habit. Therefore, in designing a smoking cessation program unique to your needs, we take the time to conduct a thorough evaluation of the various motivations you have to stop smoking and any doubts that might get in the way of your success. Drawing upon a range of treatment options that address the various biological, psychological and social-behavioral dimensions of the old habit, we help you establish new habits that are healthy, satisfying and eliminate the perceived need for cigarette use. We also commit to helping you address some of the patterns that some people describe developing when they successfully stop smoking (e.g., weight gain, attraction to other compulsive or "addictive" behaviors).
The therapies we use to help you stop smoking for good include:
- Psychological protocols designed to strengthen the motivation you have for becoming an ex-smoker (David Alter, PhD, LP), (Deborah Simmons, PhD, LMFT)
- Hypnotic interventions designed to modify the personal and environmental factors that reinforce smoking habits (David Alter, PhD, LP), (Deborah Simmons, PhD, LMFT)
- Chinese medicine incorporating acupuncture and herbal strategies that impact the desire for cigarettes, as well as altering the energetic patterns that support smoking behavior (Diane Tanning, RN, MS, LAc)