Cigarette smoke has serious harmful effects on both smokers and those around them. Tobacco use is the single most-preventable cause of illness and death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) over 400,000 people die from smoking-related illness every year and an estimated 36 million people in the United States smoke regularly.
There are many stop smoking programs but none that we’ve seen offering the same level of support as ours. Our program lasts 6 weeks and includes:
- Six acupuncture treatments
- Three treatments the first week, weekly treatments for 2 weeks, then a final treatment three weeks later.
- Herbal therapy
- Herbs taken twice daily help to heal the lungs, reduce phlegm, and alleviate cravings.
- At your first visit we’ll work together to find a strategy that will help you avoid smoking triggers and build the social support system useful in continuing not to smoke. In follow-up treatments we’ll refine these strategies based on the types of cravings that present.
Acupuncture on its own can be very helpful but what makes our program particularly effective is how the acupuncture is timed, along with its integration with herbal medicine, counseling and self-awareness and support strategies.
Our high success rate depends on the fact that we only accept patients that are ready and committed to quitting. We’ve found that patients that have been coerced into treatment by loved ones rarely succeed. The timing has to be right and if you are truly ready to quit then we can help. aWhen you come for your first session, your provider will begin by asking you a simple question, “Are you ready to quit smoking?”. If the answer is a clear yes, we will begin.