Can we help a person quit when they are pretty sure they don't want to quit?

OBob Gold
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03 May 2002, 03:20 #11

My wife, Tess, didn't really actively want to quit, but sort of wanted to. She didn't feel she needed to, because she was a light smoker. I emailed Joel, and we spoke by phone. The approach all came down to 2 things. Engaging in the discussion of whether or not it was doing harm at her low consumption levels, and the "give it a try" approach.

The whether or not discussion was simple when I applied reason. Her: "Well, I only smoke so many a day" Me: "And what good do those so many a day do you? Would you be better or worse off without the so many a day?" Etc. Essentially, there aren't any good reasons to smoke if you're honest about the discussion. As long as you shine the light of truth on the subject, tobacco always loses.

The "give it a try" approach had a couple of facets. One, it was a variation on the One Day at a Time approach. The other was as a part of the "am I addicted" discussion. Tess wasn't convinced that she was addicted. She wasn't sure that she wanted to quit. The response was (thanks Joel) to "give it a try". We settled on 2 weeks. "After that, you can do whatever you like. Just give it 2 weeks to see 1) if you suffer withdrawals and junky behavior and 2) if you like being free of them. At the end of the 2 weeks, it was clear that she WAS/IS addicted.... and also that she didn't want to go back to being a slave. In essence, the approach was a trap, and in that it was, 'twas an oxymoron. Trapped by freedom.

She's pushing bronzehood now, after not really wanting to quit in the first place... at least not with her heart and soul. She smoked for almost 30 years. Today she feels it's among the greatest things she's ever done for herself. Every couple of days she says it to me, "I'm SO glad I don't smoke any more."

Cheers, and thanks Joel,

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Joel
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24 May 2002, 05:52 #12

Image I saw some members looking for information on how to help family members. The odds are everyone here has family members or friends who smoke who you may wish to help. The best thing that anyone can do is set the example that quitting smoking is possible and that there is life after smoking. I'll bring up some other posts on this issue but the way to prove to others that quitting is possible is just by showing them that you have been able to stick to your commitment to never take another puff!

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19 Jun 2002, 08:27 #13

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06 Jul 2002, 03:49 #14

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19 Jul 2002, 10:51 #15

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03 Aug 2002, 21:47 #16

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16 Sep 2002, 03:30 #17

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26 Sep 2002, 07:49 #18

Image For people afraid of being thrust into a social smoking environment, you should consider that you may actually have more powerful and positive influence on those still smoking than they will have tempting you. Show them that quitting is possible and staying smoker free is doable too as long as you remember to never take another puff!

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28 Sep 2002, 07:30 #19

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29 Oct 2002, 00:02 #20

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