There’s Still Time to Make Your Resolution!

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

No Smoking SignIt’s not too late to make your resolution now!  Look at what determination and moral support can do!

At Phoenix House Citra Center, Steven Myers, counselor and smoking cessation facilitator, holds smoking cessation courses for the clients at the center.  The six week classes meet on a weekly basis.  Enrolled clients join together and set the same “quit date” to provide moral support for one another.  They hold each other accountable for their actions and provide peer support.  “Sixteen clients just completed the course,” Steve recently explained.  “Out of the sixteen participants, ten have quit smoking.  Clients are already on a wait list to enroll in the next class!”

At the end of the program, there are rewards for the individuals who successfully complete the course, the biggest reward being the enormous health benefits associated with living a tobacco-free life.  Major health benefits include:  one year after quitting, the excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a continuing smoker’s; five years after quitting, the risk of cancer of the mouth, throat esophagus and bladder are cut in half and cervical cancer risk falls to that of a nonsmoker; ten years after quitting, the risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a person who is still smoking; fifteen years after, the risk of coronary heart disease is also that of a nonsmoker’s.

Located in the rolling hills of Marion County, Phoenix House Citra Center provides gender-specific residential substance abuse treatment for adult men and women, including treatment for co-occurring mental health issues.  At Phoenix House, each individual is guaranteed the highest quality of care, delivered with professionalism and respect.  We pride ourselves on providing outstanding and accessible substance abuse treatment.  Phoenix House Citra is accredited by CARF, a nationally recognized standard of excellence.

To learn more about Phoenix House Citra Center, call 1 888 671 9392.

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