This Is Not A Game Of One On One

Blog Post created by dr_hurt on Mar 31, 2011

So many people who want to stop smoking talk about “doing it on my own” and “quitting cold turkey.”  The sentiment makes sense.  Kind of an, “I’ll know if I’m really ready to quit because I’ll be able to do it on my own” type of thing.  It reminds me of playing a game of one on one basketball and that desired sense of accomplishment that comes from doing something completely on ones own.  However, this ignores some of the rules of the game.

There are some Jordans and Magics and Birds out there who manage to win the game and quit successfully on their own.  But we all know that those people are the exceptions.

Most of us need to use our teammates in order to have the best chance of winning.  We can get support from our families, friends, and co-workers.  Utilize FDA approved medications that have been shown to be safe and effective in winning this battle.  Search out and connect with professionals who are trained to help come up with game plans to defeat this foe.  Talk to your doctor or health care provider if you don’t know where to start.

Even with all of these teammates this is still a tough battle, and it might not happen the first time.  But leveling the playing field by bringing your own team increases your odds of eventually being smoke-free!