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Group Tobacco Cessation Program Begins Feb. 17 at FHN


Quitting smoking or stopping tobacco use is one of the best things you can do for your health. FHN offers group support for those ready to quit.

The Quit Smoking / Tobacco Cessation Group offers help for those who want to go through the experience of quitting with others. The next Quit Smoking / Tobacco Cessation Group will meet from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays starting February 17 at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport.

The cost of the group is $60 and must be paid at the time of enrollment. Space is limited to 20 participants. For more information or to enroll in the February group, call 815-599-7300.

Each group meets for six consecutive weeks, with a different focus for each meeting:

Session 1 – Risks of smoking and nicotine use; benefits of quitting; physical and mental health consequences of smoking
Session 2 – Identify your level of dependence on nicotine; methods of preparing to quit smoking; triggers and reasons for using nicotine; link between smoking, behaviors, thoughts and feelings
Session 3 – Myths about quitting smoking or using nicotine; techniques for coping with withdrawal symptoms; concerns and fears about quitting; reasons for quitting smoking; anger management techniques to more appropriately handle emotions
Session 4 – Methods of preparing to quit smoking; psychoeducation on medication and nicotine replacement therapies; strategies for changing habits
Session 5 – Psychoeducation on withdrawal symptoms; techniques for managing withdrawal symptoms and minimizing urges to use; 5-step model for problem solving; thinking errors and how such errors contribute to relapse; identify and correct irrational thinking
Session 6 – Relapse prevention programs; alternatives to smoking; stress management techniques to use healthier alternatives to cope with stress and nicotine cravings