We reach out in the throes of a Black Lives Matter movement in hopes that we find you well, though we are aware that there is a good chance you are not. Just as we reached out to you at the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic, we are reaching out to you during another important and impactful series of events – the Black Lives Matter Movement. Our aim for this message is that it will help you feel our support and know that you can lean on us during these emotional times. After the heartbreaking death of George Floyd (and so many others before him and now after him), The Better You Institute has put a lot of thought and emotion into asking ourselves – what can we do as a company to show our support to the Black Lives Matter movement and to use our positioning to help eliminate racism and systemic oppression?

Our first order is to address this topic with you, our readers, who are working so hard to improve yourself and the lives you touch. How are you doing? Some of you have already asked for us to create room for you in your sessions to process your experiences. Thank you, we are honored that we could share in that space with you. If you’re experiencing any of the current events like we are, you probably feel hopeful, hopeless, helpless, scared, lost, torn, excited at the prospect of change, shame, guilt, and a whole catalog of other emotions that one letter couldn’t begin to describe. We want to keep our message to you simple – It’s okay.

It’s okay.

It’s okay to not know how to feel. It’s okay to go into fight, flight, or freeze mode. It’s okay to have realizations and not know where to go with them. It’s okay to have questions, to not have all the answers right away. It’s okay to check-out for a bit. It’s okay to check-in and rally. What you are going through now will most likely have a longstanding impact on you. Our wish for you is that this impact is a positive one where you experience yourself and the world around you differently.

What is not okay is the injustice that is, and has been, happening to certain communities in our country. When we think about The Better You Institute as a mental health agency, as a brand, and as a community participant, we stand on the notion of authenticity, acceptance, genuineness, and openness to change. We recognize that we aren’t always the best at exhibiting these attributes but know that they are who we are in our core. As each of our clinicians reflects on an individual level about our own privilege that we carry, we want to acknowledge that we aren’t always perfect in our presentation of these attributes. We want to apologize for anything that we may have participated in or displayed that didn’t stand by these values in the past. We want to apologize if we’ve taken on any role that has perpetuated a system that was built under the guise of freedom and equality yet perpetuates a devaluing of human life and preferential treatment. Our goal is to own the areas in which we are lacking today and work toward change for tomorrow.

We support.

As therapists, we are taught to lean into the client’s needs, to meet them where they are, and to not let our own values and needs get in the way of that. However, as a business, we want to make a concrete statement that we support the Black Lives Matter movement and seek to create safety and solace for all people who seek services from our providers. We recognize that everyone is in a different place or understanding of what is happening and that some of you aren’t sure where you stand. That’s okay. We are here to help you start the dialogue, to research, to learn so that you can feel informed and confident in your role as a member of the human race. After all, we’re all in this [human] race together because we’re all human.

To set you up for success in your journey, wherever you choose to take it, you need to be sure that you are caring for yourself. As self-care is so important all the time, but especially now, we have compiled a list of things that you can do for yourself in relation to this necessary movement toward equality.

Self-Care During a Social Justice Movement

  • Listen to yourself, be kind to yourself, give yourself what you need in the moment
  • Let yourself Feel, Think, Act
  • Don’t take outward action if you don’t have the energy, if it’s too triggering, or if you just can’t.
  • Surround yourself with like-minded folx
  • Surround yourself with someone who thinks differently and can add depth to your perspective through diversity in a forward-moving dialogue
  • Maintain stability in the things that are stable
    • Wake up time and bedtime
    • Working out
    • Eating healthy
    • Water intake
    • Checking-in with yourself
    • Indulge in something that brings you joy: watching TV, listening to music, reading, cooking, sewing, physical activity, model cars, botany, being outside, video games
  • Listen to music that moves you
  • Meditate
  • Get out in nature
  • Turn on/off your social media
  • Take action that feels good to you that supports the cause
  • Listen, Watch, Read, and Learn about Black Lives Matter and other major movements.
    • Read articles and books
    • Watch videos, documentaries, or television shows
    • Listen to podcasts and music
    • Follow people on social media that teach or curate conversations with the public
      • Some leaders of the movement: Rachel Ricketts, Rachel Elizabeth Cargle, Layla F. Saad, and reading books by Robin DiAngelo and Ibram X. Kendi
      • Instagram follow: @pullupforchange
    • Don’t burn yourself out!
      • Start small. Every little thing you do counts toward something that is big.

We are hopeful that we can help support you in your journey. We are all in this together. We have therapists on staff that is well versed in multicultural therapy, oppression, the intersectionality of individuals, and the experiences of BIPOC. However, we also understand that your experience is your own. We want to support you in your growth, and recognize that our experience may be different than yours. We value you as the expert of your life. Please reach out for our support – 267-495-4951.

Our Approach to Smoking and Tobacco Cessation

The journey to quit smoking cessation is a big step towards reclaiming your health and well-being. The Food and Drug Administration recommends against using tobacco due to its well-documented adverse health effects. At our Philadelphia center near you, we understand the complications of nicotine addiction and the challenges it presents. Our therapeutic strategy for smoking and tobacco cessation is rooted in compassionate, evidence-based methods that respect your unique story and struggles.

Complete Assessment: Every journey begins with understanding. Our initial cessation counseling sessions are dedicated to exploring your relationship with tobacco and assessing the right path for you if you’re asking how to quit tobacco products. We look into your smoking history, triggers, and any previous attempts to quit. This thorough assessment allows us to tailor a smoking cessation plan that aligns with your personal goals and challenges.

Personalized Therapy Plans: Recognizing that no two individuals are alike, we offer customized therapy solutions. Our plans integrate a mix of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, and mindfulness techniques geared toward breaking the mental need for nicotine. We address not just the act of smoking but the emotional and situational triggers that accompany it. 

Skill Development for Long-term Success: Our approach focuses on equipping you with the tools and skills needed to quit tobacco for good. This includes strategies for managing cravings, emotional regulation techniques to cope with stress without relying on tobacco, and building a supportive environment helpful in your success.

Supportive Environment: We provide a non-judgmental, supportive setting that encourages openness and trust. Understanding the ups and downs of quitting smoking, we offer continuous support and motivation, ensuring you never feel alone in your journey. We recognize the habit of smoking is difficult to break. We also recognize that smoking sometimes offers more than just a nicotine hit, such as a break from work or family. 

Holistic Well-being and Focus: Beyond cessation, our therapy emphasizes overall well-being. We explore the impact of smoking on your physical health, relationships, and self-esteem, aiming to enhance your quality of life across all fronts.

Relapse Prevention: Quitting is not a straightforward process, our program includes comprehensive relapse prevention strategies. We help you identify potential pitfalls and develop a plan to navigate them, ensuring long-term success. We recognize the habit of smoking is difficult to break. We also recognize that smoking sometimes offers more than just a nicotine hit, such as a break from work or family. 

Continuous Evaluation and Adjustment: We believe in the power of adaptability. Your therapy plan is regularly reviewed and adjusted based on your progress, challenges, and feedback, ensuring it remains aligned with your evolving needs and goals.

Meet Our Smoking Cessation Therapist in Philadelphia

Our Philadelphia smoking cessation treatment therapist specializes in helping individuals navigate the journey to becoming smoke-free. Using evidence-based practices, they focus on your unique needs, providing tailored support to overcome the challenges of quitting tobacco. With a commitment to your overall well-being, our team offers the encouragement and strategies necessary for lasting change, ensuring a compassionate and effective path toward a healthier life.

Reasons to Seek Therapy for Quitting Tobacco

Quitting tobacco is a transformative journey that extends beyond physical health; it’s a pathway to reclaiming control over your life. Therapy offers a structured, supportive environment where you can tackle the challenge with professional guidance, making the process more manageable and the outcomes more sustainable.

Break the Physical Dependence

Therapy provides practical strategies to manage withdrawal symptoms and reduce the physical craving for nicotine. By understanding the nature of addiction, individuals can learn to break the cycle of dependence, using tools and techniques that address both the immediate challenges of quitting and the long-term goal of staying tobacco-free.

Improve Overall Mental and Physical Health

Quitting tobacco significantly boosts both mental and physical health. Therapy aids in reducing the stress, anxiety, and depression often associated with quitting while also supporting the body’s recovery from the harmful effects of tobacco use. This focus ensures a holistic improvement in quality of life.

Strengthen Self-Esteem and Confidence

The process of quitting tobacco, supported by therapy, can dramatically enhance self-esteem and confidence. Achieving this milestone reinforces an individual’s belief in overcoming challenges, strengthening a positive self-image, and a can-do attitude towards life’s obstacles.

Set a Foundation for Long-Term Health

Therapy not only aids in quitting tobacco but also sets the groundwork for a healthier future. By establishing healthy habits and coping mechanisms, individuals can protect themselves against the long-term risks associated with tobacco use, such as heart disease, cancer, and respiratory issues, paving the way for a longer, more vibrant life.

Financial Saving and Freedom

Quitting tobacco with the help of therapy can lead to significant financial savings. The cost of purchasing cigarettes or tobacco products adds up, and therapy can help redirect these funds towards more fulfilling and health-promoting uses, offering both financial freedom and an enhanced lifestyle.

FAQ For Smoking Cessation Counseling

What is tobacco cessation therapy?

Tobacco cessation therapy is a specialized form of behavioral counseling designed to help individuals quit smoking or using tobacco products by addressing both the physical addiction and the psychological factors that contribute to tobacco use.

Is tobacco cessation therapy effective for everyone?

While individual results can vary, many people find therapy can be an effective addition to quitting tobacco, especially when combined with other treatments like nicotine replacement therapy.

What to expect in your therapy sessions

In your therapy sessions, you can expect a supportive and non-judgmental environment where you will work together with your therapist to understand your tobacco use, identify triggers, and develop personalized strategies for quitting. Sessions often include setting quit goals, learning stress management techniques, and building skills to cope with cravings and avoid relapse.

How does therapy help in quitting tobacco?

Therapy helps by identifying triggers, teaching coping strategies to deal with cravings and stress, addressing underlying emotional or psychological issues, and providing support and motivation throughout the quitting process.

Can therapy address nicotine withdrawal symptoms?

Yes, therapy can provide strategies to manage withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, anxiety, and cravings and can suggest medical resources if necessary. Other supplementary cessation medications, such as a nicotine patch, or nasal spray can help with withdrawal symptoms.

How long does tobacco cessation therapy take?

The duration varies depending on the individual’s needs and progress, but it typically involves multiple sessions over several weeks or months to provide adequate support and guidance. The smoking cessation therapist will maintain an open dialogue with you about progress and discharge. 

What is Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)?

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) involves using products that supply low doses of nicotine without the harmful chemicals found in tobacco. The aim is to ease the withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting tobacco by gradually reducing the body’s dependence on nicotine. Common forms of NRT include patches, gum, lozenges, inhalers, and nasal sprays.

What happens to your body when you quit tobacco?

When you quit tobacco, your body begins to heal immediately from the harmful effects of tobacco. Within 20 minutes, your heart rate and blood pressure drop. Within 12 hours, carbon monoxide levels in your blood return to normal. Over the next few months, circulation improves, lung function increases, and your risk of heart attack begins to decrease. Long-term benefits include a reduced risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, and lung diseases, and significant overall health and longevity improvement.

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