One of the best and most powerful methods to stop smoking is to get help by joining a support group, but not just any support group will do. The best aid is going to come from a support group that is friendly, genuine, respectful and empathetic with what you are going through.
Effective stop smoking support groups focus on the positive rather than the negative, using empathy more than authority. When another person, or group of people, start pointing the finger and saying, “You are wrong!” It is human nature to get defensive and pull away. But when the support group is able to emphasize it draws people in and builds trust paving the way for change.
We all know the damage smoking is doing to our bodies so the last thing we need is not to constantly be reminded of the obvious nor do we need people telling us we are weak and if we only had more will power we could quit. People generally resist change, even if it is for the better, when the people that are supposed to help only challenge, refute, dispute and use sarcasm to drive the point home it can make us feel bad about ourselves making it more difficult to stop smoking.
No one can make you get help to stop smoking or force you to quit; that’s something you have to do on your own but there are people out there that can encourage you, support you and hold you accountable through tough times. You are solely responsible for successfully stopping smoking and it is up to you to find the answers to nagging questions and prepare a plan that will lead you down the road of success. It may take some trial and error but if you keep trying and never give up you will succeed. Surrounding yourself with a support group that is optimistic, empathetic and experienced is going to increase your chances of quitting.