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Support for people who want to quit smoking

Posted: Friday, September 7, 2018

Anyone who’s been a long-term smoker will tell you that quitting the habit can be very tough. It can be so tough that many people have to try multiple times to quit.

Sometimes, going through the experience with other people and getting proven tips for coping with cravings can really help. That’s why Parkview Huntington Hospital (PHH) offers the American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking® course, which can serve as both support group and step-by-step guide through the quitting process. The next seven-week session will run Monday, September 17 to Monday, October 29, with an extra, eighth session during Week 4, known as “quit week.”

The course is free to any area resident who is serious about kicking the habit for good. Classes take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the boardroom on the lower level of PHH, located at 2001 Stults Road.

Shelby Sheets, RN, cardiopulmonary rehab coordinator, is the hospital’s certified facilitator for the course. She helps each smoker develop a personal, long-term Freedom from Smoking plan. The course includes: Education in stress management, weight control, assertive communication skills, exercise and nicotine replacement therapy; A step-by-step method for changing behavior and quitting smoking; Group approach using positive thinking, alternative behaviors, one-on-one help and rewards and the American Lung Association Freedom from Smoking workbook and relaxation CD.

“I encourage people to bring their struggles, so we can find ways to enable them to resist the urge to smoke again once they’ve quit,” says Sheets. “I really love helping people find their way from a destructive habit that has control over them to a new confidence in their own ability to makes changes and lead a healthier life.”

Space is limited to 16 participants. On completion of the course, each person receives a free one-month membership to the Adult Fitness Center at PHH. To register for the September to October session, or for more information, call (260) 355-3209. Local companies are also encouraged to consider holding the Freedom from Smoking course at their worksites.