A recent study showed that 85% of cigarette smokers who want to quit could find the best help and support from family. And this is the reason why your support and encouragement are the best gifts that you can give to a family member who wants to quit smoking.
But what are the things you need to do in order to provide the best kind of help that you can give to a “quitter”? If you want to know more about this then we advise you to continue reading as we are going to tackle some information on how can family members play a part in the smoking cessation process effectively in today’s article.
Do Recognize The Fact That It’s Hard For Them To Quit
Having a conscious effort to quit is the first step of the smoking cessation process. But that doesn’t mean that the thoughts, as well as the urge to smoke, will immediately go away as the quitter will likely to face tough challenges on his or her journey to smoking sobriety. So as a family member who is willing to give support, it is important that you recognize this reality in order to understand what your family member is going and offer the kind of help that they really need.
What Is Your Relationship Style With Smoking?
The way you perceive smoking can also affect the quitter’s willingness to quit smoking. So as early as now, you have to be aware of your relationship style with smoking by asking yourself these questions:
- How do you react if the quitter is smoking around you?
- Do you argue with the quitter about smoking?
- How do you deal with the topic of smoking?
- Are you experiencing any health issues that changed your views on smoking?
Be A Good Listener
Be mindful of the fact that you are a supporting cast in the quitter’s journey to stop smoking. So allow yourself to listen to their sentiments to give them an idea that you are really there to help. Of course, you may ask some questions, but do give them time to respond and be quiet. And more importantly, try to keep all the comments to yourself as giving criticisms will likely discourage your family member to quit.
Don’t Be A Nagger
Avoid scolding or nagging as much as possible as they may lose their confidence in you and won’t likely to ask for your help anymore.
Always Be Positive And Patient
Lastly, supporting someone as they go through the smoking cessation process can be exhausting and frustrating at times. So make it a point to stay upbeat at all times and be patient with your family member. And in doing so, you are showing to them that you’re not giving up on them until they are fully free from the bonds of smoking.