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Group Tobacco Cessation Program Begins Oct. 21 at FHN


The Quit Smoking / Tobacco Cessation Group offers help for those who want to go through the experience of quitting with others. The next Quit Smoking / Tobacco Cessation Group will meet from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays starting October 21 at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport.

The cost of the group is $60 and must be paid at the time of enrollment. Space is limited to 20 participants. For more information or to enroll in the October group, call 815-599-7300.

Each group meets for six consecutive weeks, with a different focus for each meeting:

Session 1 – Risks of smoking and nicotine use; benefits of quitting; physical and mental health consequences of smoking

Session 2 – Identify your level of dependence on nicotine; methods of preparing to quit smoking; triggers and reasons for using nicotine; link between smoking, behaviors, thoughts and feelings

Session 3 – Myths about quitting smoking or using nicotine; techniques for coping with withdrawal symptoms; concerns and fears about quitting; reasons for quitting smoking; anger management techniques to more appropriately handle emotions

Session 4 – Methods of preparing to quit smoking; psychoeducation on medication and nicotine replacement therapies; strategies for changing habits

Session 5 – Psychoeducation on withdrawal symptoms; techniques for managing withdrawal symptoms and minimizing urges to use; 5-step model for problem solving; thinking errors and how such errors contribute to relapse; identify and correct irrational thinking

Session 6 – Relapse prevention programs; alternatives to smoking; stress management techniques to use healthier alternatives to cope with stress and nicotine cravings