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Arranging Follow-Up and Providing Support

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For patients who agree to quit smoking or for whom you prescribe therapy, follow-up is extremely important. Ideally, the steps toward cessation should proceed as follows in this resource.

For patients who agree to quit smoking or for whom you prescribe therapy, follow-up is extremely important. Ideally, the steps toward cessation should proceed as follows:

  • The patient decides to quit.

  • Within 7 days, the patient receives follow-up letter or phone call from office reiterating the patient's decision to quit.

  • The patient sets a quit date.

  • The patient receives call from the office a day or two before the quit date as a reminder.

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Outside Social Support

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Social support systems outside the clinical setting, such as support groups, are effective in helping patients quit smoking. Some possible components of social support are included in this resource.


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Problem Solving

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Description of problem-solving treatment components, as well as examples. This resource points out how patients can avoid potentially risky situations.


Recognize Danger Situations
Identify "danger situations," i.e., events/situations, internal states or activities that increase risk of smoking (using tobacco) or relapse.

Examples: Being around other tobacco users, Drinking alcohol, Smoking cues and availability of cigarettes, Urges to use tobacco, Negative affect and experiencing stress.

Develop Coping Skills

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Avoiding Triggers

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Situations in which patients may find they desire to smoke. Includes possible solutions to these situations.

What triggers you to smoke? The table below lists what a lot of smokers say. Do some of these sound familiar to you? Take a look at the suggestions for how to overcome each trigger. Try to think of some other changes you can make.

And don't underestimate your possible physical addiction to nicotine. If, for example, you feel a need to smoke within 20 minutes after waking up, it's most likely a need for a nicotine hit.


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Relapse Handout

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Questions and situations that surround relapse in tobacco cessation.

Did you quit smoking for some time but then go back to it after a while?

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Weight Gain

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Weight gain, for most ex-smokers, can be avoided or controlled. This resource helps patients plan ahead.

Weight gain, for most ex-smokers, can be avoided or controlled. Planning ahead will help you. Here are some reasons why people gain weight after they quit smoking:


Improved Sense of Taste

Your taste buds work better, so eating becomes more enjoyable.

Improved Appetite

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CRAFFT

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CRAFFT Questionaire

The CRAFFT is specifically intended for adolescents who may be using alcohol and/or other drugs. This screening tool asks about situations that suit adolescents under the age of 21. This instrument takes about 5 minutes to administer, making it an excellent tool for a primary care provider.
Evidence

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Resources for medical and health professionals on drug abuse and addiction, including general information, treatment and prevention, clinical tools, and a screening tool. Resources for patients are also available, including information in Spanish.
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National Institute on Drug Abuse
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Website established to bring about objectives for the state of PA regarding education and outreach to individuals as well as coordinating resources for those dependent on substances.
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PRO-A
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Website provides information pertaining to objectives involving retrieving information about substance abuse, screening, treatments, and referrals.
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Physicians Guide to Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders
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