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First appointment: history. During the initial appointment, we'll discuss your history, any potential pitfalls, your smoking habit, set your quit date, and determine a realistic plan for you. We will also be discussing your support system, behavior changes, and anything I can think of to help you stay quit for good. Never will I berate you for your habit; none of us are saints. I will simply help you get from good to great. This appointment is 90 minutes and includes a complete history.
Before second appointment. Now is the time to cut back on your smoking. Do not quit cigarettes cold turkey as it is a shock to your body and often leads to relapse. We will assess how much you are currently smoking, and cut it in half and half again before your last cigarette. I recommend skipping the gum or the patch or the electronic cigarettes. The goal is to be free of all nicotine. If that means you need longer to cut down, that is a smarter option.
Note: If there are issues that I feel are relevant as obstacles and need clearing before your smoking (perhaps you smoke because of anxiety symptoms or there is concurrent substance abuse), we will be using the second appointment to clear that issue instead. If that issue is more involved, I will tell you during the first appointment and we will discuss pricing. If you have concerns, just ask me.
Quit Day. The day you wake up free of the chains of tobacco use and enjoy detoxification in every cell throughout your day. You're already doing wonderful things for your body and mind just in the first day.
Third appointment: recheck. I check in with you and we discuss how it's been. This will be shortly after Quit Day, maybe in a few days or a week. If there were any cravings, I want to make them absolutely gone. If there was any slip up, I want to be sure we institute behaviors and thoughts to immunize you from them in the future. This appointment is one hour.
Fourth appointment: final recheck. This appointment is a check in to see how things have been going. It should occur somewhere between two and six weeks from the third appointment. This is to make sure that you're on the path and doing great. This appointment is one hour.
Autumn Hahn is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist practicing at Clear Mind Group in Weston, Florida. Call 954-612-9553 for a consultation. Follow Autumn on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. Sign up for the e-newsletter HERE.