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Quitting Smoking Is About Life Changes, Not Attitude Adjustments

Dr. Joy Browne takes calls about how for some people quitting smoking for good requires full life changes such as a change in job.

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"I worry a lot less about you stopping smoking than you continuing to find first of all, something so your life isn't very stressful and second of all, to figure out some alternatives to cigarettes when your life becomes stressful."

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Alright, so let's start with the work. Do you know, do you need to make as much money as you're making at your current job? - Um well, now I went on Social Security a couple, so that restricts how much money I can make on the side, you know? - Okay so given that amount of money, there are other things that you can do, for example, I mean could you... bag groceries? Could you... work at McDonald's? Could you... could you know, I have no idea what your skill set is, could you, be a home healthcare worker? Could you be a dog walker? Are there things that appeal to you? 'Cus it sounds like what you need to do is make some money but you don't necessarily need to make a lot of money, is that accurate? - Right. That's pretty much so, and I live in the most expensive place under the American Flag, so you know... - So one of the possibilities is, depending on how emotionally connected you are to that area, to move to some place that's cheaper. Alright so I'll tell you what, we're about to bump into the end of an hour so what I'm going to do is give you some brief homework to do and then we'll take you at the beginning of the next hour. The first thing I want you to do is I want you to grab paper and pencil in a minute and write down if you could live any place you want to live where would it be, if you could do anything that you wanted to do for some kind of income, doesn't sound to me that you have to necessarily do a 40 hour week, doesn't necessarily mean that you need to make gobs of money, but what kind of thing might be appealing to you that you feel would be entertaining to you, would be, would involve you, you'd feel good about it, you'd have fun doing it, maybe teaching, you know, I don't know what you want to do, but you do. Alright so we can look at those two things, 'cus if you know how to stop smoking. What we need to do is make sure you've also figured out a way to make your life work for you so that when you get overwhelmed, that you, your first thing isn't to go and get a pack of cigarettes and so we could talk about that, but I worry a lot less about you stopping smoking than you continuing to find first of all, something so your life isn't very stressful and second of all, to figure out some alternatives to cigarettes when your life becomes stressful.