1. Cold Turkey
To go cold turkey, you have to set a quit date to stop smoking. Once the day arrives, throw away your cigarettes, lighters/matches, ashtrays… anything and everything that reminds you of smoking. Withdrawal symptoms are the most intense using the cold turkey method.
The success rate is about 10%, using data obtained from clinical trial. However, it could increase to 20% if cold turkey is supplemented by nicotine replacement therapy or prescription medication to help you cope with cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
2. Gradual Reduction
As with cold turkey, you too need to set a quit date for this method. The only difference is that you have to progressively cut down on your cigarettes until you no longer smoke. Say you smoke 10 sticks of cigarettes per day, you may set a target to quit in 10 days. Along the way, you reduce 1 stick a day until the tenth day when you have to quit smoking completely. This greatly reduces your cravings and withdrawal symptoms aren’t as strong as the cold turkey method.
3. Nicotine Replacement Therapy
With Nicotine Replacement Therapy, you use products such as patches, gums and inhalers. These products release small amounts of nicotine into the body, thereby alleviating withdrawal symptoms. Since only a small amount of nicotine is absorbed slowly into your body, these products are not addictive. The success rate is in the high teens for smokers who use nicotine replacement therapy.
4. Prescription Medication
Prescription drugs can reduce your cravings and withdrawal symptoms. For example, the drug Chantix interrupts the pleasure that smokers derive from smoking by working on the same receptors in the brain that nicotine stimulates. It also works by occupying these receptors and preventing nicotine from stimulating them. When you are taking Chantix, you do not derive as much satisfaction from smoking as before. Therefore, you are less likely to want to continue smoking.
5. Hypnotherapy or Hypnosis
You are placed under hypnosis to help you quit smoking. This can be done with a hypnotherapist, or with audio products. Some people are known to have responded to only a single session of therapy. Hypnotherapy deals with the habits and behaviors associated with smoking and there is no need for any medication. It may also deal with the underlying issues of emotional smokers or people who smoke when they are in a lousy mood. If you are this kind of smoker, you might benefit from this kind of treatment.
6. Rob Mellor’s Quit Smoking Today
Rob Mellor is an expert in NLP (Neuro-Linguistic-Programming). NLP is a form of psychotherapy which he has applied to help smokers quit smoking. His revolutionary techniques have been extensively tested on over 5000 smokers and the results were indeed impressive, judging by his claims at his website.
The advantage of this program is that it eradicates the usual problems that are associated with quitting smoking such as cravings, short temper, hunger and weight gain. It’s like going cold turkey without torturing yourself.