There is no single, optimal way to quit smoking. Everybody is different and lives within different circumstances. What might be good for a young, single individual, might not be as good for someone pregnant, or in the middle of a particularly stressful time in their life.
It would be extremely arrogant and presumptuous of me to tell you what the best way to quit smoking is. I don’t know you and I sure as hell don’t know your specific circumstances.
However, I do know there are a small number of methods considered to be among the best ways to quit smoking. I can also help you decide, for yourself, which of these will be the best option for you.
The Most Common and Successful Ways to Quit Smoking.
Quit Smoking the Cold Turkey Way.
Evidence suggests that Cold Turkey is the most commonly used way to quit smoking among successful ex smokers. For reasons I discuss in this related article, cold turkey should NOT be overlooked and has for many recovered nicotine addicts, proven to be the best way to quit smoking.
Quit Smoking Using Nicotine Replacement Therapy.
Nicotine Replacement Therapies such as Nicotine Patches, have assisted MILLIONS of people to successfully quit smoking. If used according to instruction and in consultation with a physician, NRT can be an effective way to quit smoking.
Quit Smoking Using Prescribed Medication.
The academic discipline of neuroscience has provided tremendous breakthroughs toward our understanding of the brain and many of the neurological diseases (such as addiction) that affect it. This has allowed for the development of new medicinal treatments that have proven to be effective in helping people successfully quit smoking.
Quit Smoking with the aid of Hypnotherapy.
For those who are susceptible to hypnosis, hypnotherapy has the potential to be a highly effective way to quit smoking.
Quit Smoking with the aid of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
CBT is a highly effective psychotherapy treatment that can be used to assist quitters using any of the above mentioned ways to quit smoking. It is an additional aid that helps empower addicts to take control over their own healing process.
Again, the best way to quit smoking is entirely dependent on an individuals circumstances and it is worth noting, that ALL methods used to quit smoking, fail more often than they succeed. Further, it is ALWAYS the quitter who ultimately determines success.
If you are still undecided, consider reading this article, which reviews some of the Pros and Cons of each method.
Hopefully the above information assists you in finding the best way quit smoking for you.
If you would still like a personal recommendation on how to successfully quit smoking, it would be to study up and work on these 5 best practices commonly used by successful quitters.