What You Need to Know About Helping Someone Through Withdrawal

Sunday, November 25, 2012

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Supporting someone who’s trying to quit smoking can be frustrating and exhausting. But you can’t compare it to the frustration and exhaustion she might be facing. Withdrawal that can come from quitting smoking is uncomfortable and might make her have mood swings or seem irritable.

  • Don’t take her moods personally.

  • Don’t tell her it was easier to put up with her moods when she was smoking.

  • Don’t suggest it would be easier for her to just go back to smoking.


It’s important to remember that withdrawal is temporary, but the benefits of quitting smoking are long term. The cravings and mood swings she might face can be hard to deal with. But, it’s important to stay upbeat and don’t give up on her (or yourself). Your support is important!

 

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