How Can You Recover From a Slip
Music Narrator: Quitting smoking is a journey with ups and downs. Augustson: Oftentimes, we talk about trying to quit smoking as a journey and that this is something that there are a number of stages you go through. You’re going to have ups. You’re going to have downs. And you should know that one of the things that is common to happen is to have somebody slip up. So they smoke a cigarette. A friend offers them a cigarette at a family outing or at the end of a very stressful day. And they go ahead and smoke it. Again, something that happens quite a bit.
Narrator: If you slip, recommit to quitting right away. Augustson: However, the trick here is to not let that one slipup change your whole plan. When you decided to quit smoking, you had very good reasons and those reasons have not changed just because you’ve had a slip. So the number one best thing you can do is to recommit yourself to making your quit attempt and to start again right away. It’s very common for some folks to have a slip let’s say after New Year’s and then be like, oh, well, I’ll try to quit smoking again next New Year’s. Do not wait. So, after you’ve had that slip, recommit yourself and begin the process of quitting again.
Narrator: Use your slip as a learning experience. Augustson: The other important thing is to think about what happened. How did this slip happen? And to learn from that mistake. Think of every slip as an opportunity for you to learn and to identify ways to improve your quit plan. Narrator: If you or someone you know wants help to quit smoking, call the national cancer institute’s smoking quitline toll free at 187744uquit. That’s 18774487848. You may also visit smokefree.gov To learn more about quit smoking tips for adults 50+, visit the quot;Quitting Smoking.
For Older Adultsquot; topic on the NIHSeniorHealth website at nihseniorhealth.gov.