Freedom from Smoking Program

Freedom from Smoking is a group tobacco cessation class facilitated by one of Henry Ford's trained tobacco cessation experts.

This program provides group treatment for tobacco dependence and consists of 8 two-hour sessions over the course of 7 weeks. Participants prepare for a group "quit day" (session 4) by learning about medications that can help them stop, lifestyle changes that make quitting easier, and how to stay smoke-free for good. As the weeks continue you will receive structured support and advice from fellow group members and staff.

Fall Freedom From Smoking class dates and information

What to expect

Session One: Thinking about quitting - the Chain of Addiction, deciding to quit, measuring carbon monoxide levels, tracking your smoking habit, identifying triggers to smoke, using medication.

Session Two: Learning not to smoke - lifestyle changes and reinforcing self-confidence, stress management, relaxation, reasons to stop smoking, health effects of smoking, nicotine addiction and medication review.

Session Three: Wanting to Quit - reinforcing motivation, review and discussion of nicotine addiction, reviewing "Pack Tracks," making a quit plan, relaxation exercises, building social support.

Session Four: QUIT DAY - contract and rewards, buddy system, recovery symptoms, overcoming slips and avoiding relapse.

Session Five (NOTE: takes place during the same week as Quit Day for extra support): Winning Strategies - 48-hour report, measuring carbon monoxide levels, medication review, the Grief Cycle, benefits of quitting, coping strategies, review and refine quit plan, relaxation exercises.

Session Six: The New You - medication review, lifestyle changes to stay quit, weight management, tips for staying smoke-free, handling social situations.

Session Seven: Staying Off - medication review, physical activity, image of a non-smoker, assertive communication, celebration planning.

Session Eight: Celebration - medication review, carbon monoxide levels, celebrating change, challenge your thinking to manage stress, planning a smoke-free lifestyle, clean air for everyone, celebration!

Program fees

The cost of the program is covered by HAP (in most cases), and a payment plan is available for those without insurance or those whose insurance does not cover the cost of the program. There is a $20 fee for class materials for all participants, payable upon pre-registration. The cost of medications for tobacco treatment is additional; however, HAP will cover these costs for those with prescription benefits.

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