Quit Smoking Support Groups Alamogordo NM

A big problem for many smokers trying to quit is handling the craving for nicotine. Nicotine increases the levels of chemicals in the brain that regulate mood, attention and memory, making it far more difficult to avoid a craving than many people might think. Smokefree.gov, an online resource designed to help those trying to quit, offers the following tips when trying to quit.

Counseling Center Inc
(505) 437-7404
1900 East 10th Street
Alamogordo, NM

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Fickey, Jim
(505) 986-8688
7628 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM

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Valencia Counseling Services Inc
(505) 864-1909
223 Dalies Street
Belen, NM

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Border Area Mental Health Services
(505) 388-4497
315 South Hudson Street
Silver City, NM

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Presbyterian Medical Services
(505) 289-3291
6439 Highway 44
Cuba, NM

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850 Wright Avenue
Alamogordo, NM

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Navajo Nation
(505) 786-2111
Southwest Highland Drive
Crownpoint, NM

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Groves, Kerin
(505) 884-9411
1224 PA NE Suite D
Albuquerque, NM

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(505) 255-1555
1400 Central Ave. SE Suite 2300
Albuquerque, NM

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Surviving Quitting Smoking

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Monday, January 14, 2008

Quitting smoking is no different than kicking an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Some even suggest it might be harder to avoid a relapse with cigarette smoking than it is with illicit drug use, as the availability of cigarettes (because they''re not illegal) trumps that of illicit drugs.

Perhaps the most telling testament to the difficulty of quitting is the number of people who routinely say "I''ve tried to quit smoking more than once." In fact, those people are very common, says Michael Fiore, M.D., M.P.H., who has acted as director of the Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention at the University of Wisconsin since 1992. According to Fiore, the average person who has successfully quit smoking has only done so after five or six failed attempts.

What this underscores is that many smokers are fully aware they need to quit, it''s just that the difficulty of quitting can be overwhelming. However, it''s not impossible, as the more than 40 million ex-smokers in America alone can attest.

A big problem for many smokers trying to quit is handling the craving for nicotine. Nicotine increases the levels of chemicals in the brain that regulate mood, attention and memory, making it far more difficult to avoid a craving than many people might think. Smokefree.gov, an online resource designed to help those trying to quit, offers the following tips when trying to quit.

∗ Replace cigarettes. Many people chew gum in lieu of smoking cigarettes. To make that beneficial, make sure the gum is sugarfree to avoid damaging teeth. Some people simply reach for food when a nicotine craving hits. If you take this road, make sure the food you choose is healthy, such as fruits and vegetables (i.e., carrots, celery, apples).

∗ Learn to relax. Because nicotine affects chemicals in the brain and, in turn, mood, quitting can make a person cranky and restless. In fact, nicotine withdrawal and depende...

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