Smoking Cessation Treatment
How can you help me stop smoking?
We work with individuals who are seeking to stop smoking. Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death and disease in the United States, and quitting smoking is one of the most important behavior change steps most smokers can take to improve their health.
Do I really need to work with a psychologist to stop smoking?
Many people have to make several attempts to quit before they are able to stop smoking permanently. Since it is often difficult to quit smoking, psychological treatment and other forms of support can be helpful. Less than 7% of people are able to quit smoking without some sort of assistance. Studies indicate that even one meeting with a therapist can increase the likelihood of success, and lengthier time in treatment further improves the odds of success.
What treatment approach do you use?
Our treatment approach utilizes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). We focus on motivation for quitting, identifying triggers for smoking, coping skills to overcome cravings, preparation for your quit date, and strategies to avoid relapse. In addition, you may consult with your physician to consider supplemental medications, nicotine patches, and nicotine gum.
What kind of experience do you have?
Dr. Sala completed rotations focused on smoking cessation treatment throughout her training, and has worked with several patients in helping them to stop smoking.