Approaching Your Doctor About Your Desire to Quit Smoking
Are you thinking about trying to break free of your smoking addiction? We’re not trying to be rude here. Some people might call it an addiction in order to hurt your feelings. We’re calling it what it is in order to tell you the truth. The reality of the matter is that even though we might not want to admit it, we can get addicted to smoking. Some people never start out hoping or even expecting to get addicted to smoking cigarettes. It’s something that just ends up happening over time, and it’s still something that can cause a lot of trouble. You might want to make sure that you control your urges as much as possible — of course, this is easier said than done. You’re a lot better off making sure that you can try to push past your fears and actually talk to your doctor about smoking.
If your doctor is like most, they might have a strong problem with your smoking habit — as they should! Smoking is a dangerous habit that hurts a lot of people. So if you’re really trying to make sure that you live a healthy life, you’re going to need to drop the smoking. Your doctor can probably come up with numerous studies that all denounce smoking, but if you’re a smoker, you probably have seen references to them already. You’ve seen anti-smoking campaigns. You’ve heard people say disgusting things about you just because you smoke. It’s hard being a smoker that knows that they need to quit and struggling through the whole thing. Living without tobacco products can be hard depending on where you’re from and what your friends are doing. As much as we might not want to admit it, we tend to do things base don what our friends do. This means that you might find yourself doing things that your friends do simply because you really want to fit in. There’s nothing wrong with this, because you need to make sure that you realize what you’re doing and then make changes. You need to still look at things from the right perspective when you’re trying to get things done. It’s okay to really dig in and see why you want to quit smoking, or even why you don’t want to quit smoking. The important thing here is that you know where you want to go, not necessarily whether or not you think it’s going to all work out. If we did things based on whether or not they’re going to work out, we’d never do anything. Some people get a little nervous in asking their doctors because they worry that their doctor is going to judge them or not take them seriously. After all, a lot of people that try to quit smoking end up smoking all over again. Go through a few of these cycles with your doctor, and it’s sad to admit it — but things can get skeptical and strained in a hurry.
So if you’re ready to step up and actually talk to your doctor, you really want to make sure that you’re upfront. Be honest with them — if you’ve already stopped and started smoking in a bad cycle of addiction, admit to them what’s going on. Talk to them about what you think will help. If you’re trying all of the options you have at your disposal and you’re still having problems, that’s not a time where you have to fret and feel like a failure. Why not just reach out to the people that matter and try to get them to jump on your cause?
That’s one avenue to take simultaneously why trying to get through to your doctor. There are medications out there that let you drop down from smoking slowly rather than just expecting you to quit cold turkey. That’s a big shock on the system, and those shocks are hard to deal with from a psychological point of view. It’s tempting to just assume that all you have to really do is heal the body, but you really do need to make sure that you heal the mind as well. Otherwise all you’re really going to accomplish is sinking further and further into your own problems. That’s no way to live, is it?
Make sure that you get on a plan and system that really work. Let your doctor work out a solution that’s right for you. Get into the mentality that you’re going to have to wait a while for things to get better. Nothing is overnight and fast, you know. However, if you don’t see progress you might have to go back to the proverbial drawing board and see what else your doctor can put into play for you — get started today!