Smoking Cessation  

What is it

Smoking nicotine is a form of substance addiction which has a prevalence of about 13% for males and females aged 18 and above in Australia, of those who smoke daily. Addiction is a disease that involves altered chemicals in the brain and increased urge to repetitively use a substance or engage in unhealthy behaviour.

What does it include

Smoking is associated with various long-term health complications including cancer, heart disease, stroke, emphysema, and other respiratory diseases. In the short-term, smoking can cause dental problems, reduced fertility, and increased risk of osteoporosis. Smoking is also known to be higher among those with mental health issues including psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. Additionally, smoking has been found to cause stress rather than relieve it. Individuals suffering from nicotine addiction often require assistance in managing and achieving cessation due to the changes in brain structure that occur when an individual repetitively uses this substance. Relapse is also prevalent in those individuals who have ceased using a substance, which can apply to nicotine.

How can a psychologist help

A psychologist can assist you in understanding the cycle of addiction, utilising a biopsychosocial approach. Your psychologist will also collaboratively assist you in achieving your smoking cessation goal, through setting smaller goals towards the long-term goal, and addressing any barriers to achieving this goal. Your psychologist may use various evidence-based therapies to assist you with achieving your treatment goals including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

    References

    Australian Government (2012). Quit Now. Damaging your body, http://www.quitnow.gov.au/internet/quitnow/publishing.nsf/Content/damaging-your-body

    Australian Government (2012). Quit Now. Mental illness and quitting, http://www.quitnow.gov.au/internet/quitnow/publishing.nsf/Content/mental-health-and-quitting

    Greenhalgh, EM, Bayly, M, & Winstanley, MH. 1.3 Prevalence of smoking—adults. In Scollo, MM and Winstanley, MH [editors]. Tobacco in Australia: Facts and issues. Melbourne: Cancer Council Victoria; 2015.

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    Psychologists who work in this service

    Lindy Devenish
    Lindy Devenish
    Psychologist
    Lea Ser
    Lea Ser
    Psychologist
    Joshua T King
    Joshua T King
    Clinical Psychologist Registrar
    Emma Jephcott
    Emma Jephcott
    Clinical Psychologist Registrar
    Dr Elizabeth Blackwood
    Dr Elizabeth Blackwood
    Psychologist
    Brittany Safonoff
    Brittany Safonoff
    Neurofeedback Technician/ Psychology Assistant
    Kristie Clarke
    Kristie Clarke
    Senior Clinical Psychologist
    Tim Jauncey
    Tim Jauncey
    Senior Clinical Psychologist
    Jasmin Singh
    Jasmin Singh
    Counselling Endorsed Psychologist
    Dr Alessia Coelho
    Dr Alessia Coelho
    Counselling Endorsed Psychologist