It’s common knowledge that people with addictions can benefit from specialized medical care. For instance, you probably wouldn’t expect a person addicted to alcohol or cocaine to overcome the addiction by sheer force of willpower alone. Yet, people addicted to tobacco often do try to quit smoking without the medical care they need. If you’ve tried the DIY approach and it hasn’t worked for you, it’s time to consider talking to a physician about smoking cessation counseling.
Going to Your Initial Appointment
Smoking cessation counseling usually involves multiple one-on-one sessions with the physician. Each patient will have a unique experience with counseling since it’s highly personalized to meet the needs of the individual patient. In general, however, you can expect to start by exploring your health history. The doctor may ask how long you’ve been smoking, how much you smoke, and how you’ve tried to quit in the past. The doctor may provide some general information about the many benefits of quitting smoking and the risks of continuing to smoke. You’ll be encouraged to ask questions and share your concerns before discussing your smoking cessation options.
Discussing Smoking Cessation Methods
One of the benefits of going to a walk-in clinic for smoking cessation counseling is that you’ll have access to prescription medications that can support your efforts. Your doctor will review your health history to make sure it’s safe for you to use quit smoking medications. You may also discuss the ins and outs of using over-the-counter (OTC) nicotine replacement products. If you decide to try one of these, your physician will help you do so in a safe and appropriate manner.
Every smoker has certain triggers that give rise to the urge to smoke. The physician will help you identify your triggers and discuss ways of either preventing them or dealing with them without resorting to smoking. For instance, many smokers feel the urge to pick up a cigarette upon awakening, finishing a meal, drinking coffee, or talking on the phone. You can try different techniques to get through a craving, such as by chewing sugar-free gum instead.
Paramount Urgent Care is pleased to provide high-quality corporate medical care, including smoking cessation counseling, wellness management, and DOT physicals. For your convenience, we have multiple walk-in clinics in the Orlando area. Serving all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. Please visit our contact us page for a location near you or call 352-674-9218.