Getting Help

If you smoke, you have good reason to worry about its effect on your health, your friends and loved ones. The long list of diseases and deaths due to smoking is frightening. Smoking also harms thousands of nonsmokers, including infants and children, who are exposed to cigarette smoke. If you feel as if it is time to quit smoking, then here are some helpful tips to start with.

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Step One

  • List your reasons to quit and read them several times a day
  • Wrap your cigarette pack with paper and rubber bands. Each time you smoke, write down the time of day, how you feel, and how important that cigarette is to you on a scale of 1 to 5.
  • Rewrap the pack.

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Step Two

  • Keep reading your list of reasons and add to it if you can.
  • Don't carry matches, and keep your cigarettes out of easy reach.
  • Each day, try to smoke fewer cigarettes, and try not to smoke the ones that aren't most important.
  • Carry sugarless gum or artificially sweetened mints. Munch carrots or celery sticks. Try doing crafts or other things with your hands.

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Step Three

  • Continue with Step Two. Set a target date to quit.
  • Don't buy a new pack until you finish the one you're smoking.
  • Try to stop for 48 hours at one time.

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Step Four

  • Quit smoking completely. Throw out all cigarettes and matches. Hide lighters and ashtrays.
  • Stay busy! Go to the movies, exercise, take long walks, go bike riding.
  • Avoid situations and triggers you relate with smoking.
  • Find healthy substitutes for smoking.
  • Do deep breathing exercises when you get the urge.

Help is Available.
Call 1-800-QUIT NOW
Health Center 559-221-6315

Ways to stop drug addiction

Drug Detoxification

Detoxification should cover all aspects of the individual's withdrawal and purification from drugs. The removal of drug residuals is a key goal in drug detox. Without this process, drug residues can remain in ones body and cause cravings for years after drug use has ceased. A vital step in a successful drug detox as well as drug rehabilitation is flushing out these accumulated toxic residues so that the individual no longer experiences unwanted adverse effects from the drugs they have taken.

Drug Intervention

The goal of drug intervention is for the addict to accept the reality of their drug addiction and to seek help. The process of conducting a drug intervention is a difficult and delicate matter. It is important that it is done correctly; otherwise the individual may feel cornered and become defensive. Advice from a trained professional is useful in determining the proper strategy and timing for your specific intervention.

Drug Counseling

Drug counseling works by first helping the individual recognize the existence of a problem and the associated irrational thinking that comes along with drug abuse. Next, the individual is encouraged to achieve and maintain abstinence from drugs and develop the necessary communication skills and personal growth to continue working towards a complete recovery from drug abuse. In drug counseling, it is the individual who must take responsibility for working on and succeeding with a program of recovery.
Drug Rehab and addiction treatment centers
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Treatment Centers in your area:down arrow image

American Lung Association 
Improving health of Californians and their lungs
4948 N. Arthur 
Fresno, C.A. 93705
Phone: 222-4800

Project Impact
Counseling, Tutoring, Mentoring, Job Readiness, Parent Education
2640 Industry Way, Suites G and H
Lynwood, CA 90262
Phone: (888) 431-2882

Pacific Hills Treatment Center Inc.
Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation
62 W Dudley Ave. Suite 23
Fresno, C.A. 93728
Phone: 380-9806

Kaiser Permanente
Chemical Dependency Services
4785 North 1st street
2nd Floor
Fresno, C.A. 93726
(559) 448-4620

Fresno Family Youth Alternative Program
3122 North Millbrook Avenue
Suites A and B
Fresno, C.A. 93703
(858) 573-2600