How Friends Can Help Friends Quit Smoking. Part 5

Posted by Lloyd on July 31, 2012

If the ex-smoker is a partner or very close friend, be aware of relapse prevention. Relapse is most likely when an exsmoker has been drinking, is feeling depressed or angry, has high levels of stress or is experiencing interpersonal conflict. Ex-smokers are also more likely to have “just one more” when they are in the presence of smoking triggers, such as being with other smokers or finding themselves at a gathering where there is social pressure to smoke. When possible, help your partner or friend avoid stressful situations during the withdrawal period. Ultimately, of course, while you can offer support, your friend or family member must be self-reliant.

What if, despite your best efforts, the ex-smoker resumes smoking? Practice compassion and forgiveness. The quitting process was still a valuable learning experience for both of you, making the next attempt more likely to succeed!

Every person need learn basic first aid techniques. You never know at what time you may need it – your loved one, you might be on holiday, at work.

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