That’s what the American Cancer Society hopes.
Today, November 17th, is the Great American Smokeout, now in its 36th year. It’s a day for quitting smoking or making a plan to quit. The reason for doing so is pretty compelling: tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US. Despite that, there are still more than 46 million American smokers, which is approximately 21% of the adult population.
Have you tried to quit smoking in the past year? So did at least half of the current smokers in this country. Quitting isn’t easy, but it’s easier when you have support. Take the “Do You Need Help Quitting?” Quiz to determine your level of nicotine addiction as well as the kind of personal cessation plan you’ll need. For extra motivation, check out the health benefits of quitting over time (which start as soon as 20 minutes afterwards!) as well how much money you could save by quitting.
Another way to find support is to connect with other smokers who are trying to quit. PatientsLikeMe considers tobacco addiction a health condition, which is why we include it in our platform. 3,914 of our patient members say they are addicted to tobacco, with 1,263 of them officially diagnosed. What are their methods of quitting? Two commonly reported treatments are Buproprion (Wellbutrin), an antidepressant used as an adjunct for quitting smoking, and Varenicline (Chantix), a drug that blocks the pleasurable effects of nicotine on the brain. (Click each name to read our patients’ evaluations of effectiveness, side effects, cost and more.)
The bottom line is you don’t have to quit alone. Join PatientsLikeMe and do it together.
Every September, the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) observes Recovery Month. The goal is to promote the societal benefits of treatment for substance use and mental disorders, celebrate people in recovery, recognize treatment providers and spread the message that recovery is possible. As the SAMHSA slogan says, “Prevention works, treatment is effective and people recover.”
Recovery Month also inspires millions of people to raise awareness about addiction, share their stories of recovery and assist others who are still struggling. As one person writes, “Since I have attained recovery, I have accomplished all of my dreams – something I never would have imagined 26 years ago, when my dependence to alcohol and narcotics had created a hopeless life.”
Do you have a recovery story of your own? Add your voice to this month-long celebration. Or if you’re still struggling – or know someone who is – you may want to consider downloading SAMHSA’s free mobile app for iPhones/iPads/iPods. It’s a Treatment Locator that helps connect people with the services they need, whether it’s for mental health services or substance abuse.
Here at PatientsLikeMe, thousands of patients are sharing experiences, support and data regarding their mental health conditions and addictions. For example:
If you are affected by a mental health condition or addiction – either as a patient or a caregiver – we encourage you to join our growing community. Learn about the path to recovery for others and connect with those who can relate.
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