Utah Tobacco Cessation Resource Directory- Relapse Prevention
Preventing and Overcoming Relapse
Slipping, or relapse, is common. Most people will make 2-5 serious attempts to quit before he/she remains tobacco-free. Therefore, knowing what likely may cause one to slip as well as the process for overcoming those triggers is essential to tobacco cessation success.
Common Causes of Slips
|Social Celebrations||Withdrawal Symptoms|
|Alcohol Consumption||Weight Gain|
|Lack of Quit Plan||Nicotine Dependency|
|Social Pressure||Self Pity/Mourning|
|Negative Emotional State||Expectation of Failure|
|Inadequate Motivation to Quit||Craving for Tobacco|
|Stressful Events- Real or anticipated||Habit Triggers- (phone calls, coffee)|
How to Conquer Slips
Oftentimes, you can prevent slips by planning ahead. Doing so markedly increases your odds of staying quit. A few ideas about slips:
Write a list of people, places, things and situations that may cause you to slip.
For each cause, list two new ways you will prevent yourself from slipping.
If you slip, don't give up - - try a new way to deal with the cause of your slip.
Give yourself credit for wanting to quit. Don't focus on the slips.
Seek help from family, friends, co-workers, and professional organizations.
Look at slips as an opportunity to change the response to your addiction.
- Self control
- You accomplished something not everyone else would be able to
- Many health benefits.
Data and Reports
Statewide Cessation Directory