Relapse: If You Do Smoke Again
If you slip and smoke, don't be discouraged. Many former smokers tried to stop several times before they finally succeeded.
What to Do
Recognize that you have had a slip. A slip means that you have had a small setback and smoked a cigarette or two. But your first cigarette did not make you a smoker to start with, and a small setback does not make you a smoker again.
Don't be too hard on yourself. One slip doesn't mean you're a failure or that you can't be a nonsmoker, but it is important to get yourself back on the nonsmoking track immediately.
Identify the trigger. Exactly what was it that prompted you to smoke? Be aware of the trigger and decide now how you will cope with it when it comes up again.
Know and use the coping skills described above. People who know at least one coping skill are more likely to remain nonsmokers than those who do not know any.
Sign a contract with yourself to remain a nonsmoker.
If you think you need professional help, see your healthcare provider for extra motivation to stop smoking. You may want to ask about nicotine gum or a nicotine patch as an alternative source of nicotine while you break the smoking habit.
March 21, 2017
Godsey, Cynthia M.S., M.S.N., APRN,Lambert, J.G. M.D.,Louise AkinLouise Akin RN BSN