Help Your Loved One Quit Vices
Vices can affect just about everybody. Studies shows that from the cozy homes of the rich and famous to the decrepit houses of the poor, these habits are unforgiving when it rear its ugly head. No one is spared. Once an individual is hooked, it's an uphill climb to control or totally get rid of it. Furthermore concerned relatives who have painfully watched how their loved ones abuse their bodies with toxic substances can step into the picture. They could initiate talk, and offer some help.
According to research people addicted to a vice are in denial, hiding what they are going through from the whole world. Certainly, you can't force anyone to quit. According to psychologist, people with vices are usually stubborn and uncooperative. But once you sense that the person in question is taking the path back to clean living according to his own will, help him/her succeed.
Here some ways to consider to help your loved one quit vices from a famous psychologists:
Think positive. Whenever he's making progress, praise the quitter. Remind him/her of the rewards at the end of the line like the money that can be saved when you no longer have to buy bottles or pack of cigars. If it's your spouse you can openly converse how stopping will make him/her an even better role model and fortify your children's health.
Support him. Support him/her every step of the way. Try to understand his/her situation. Try to be sympathetic about what his/her going through. Anyone attempting to give up smoking will need a lot of support and help says one clinical medicine expert. He cited that this applies not only to those who are helping people with difficulty in containing their smoking habit but also to those who are backing up people with alcohol and drug dependency problems. Calmly remind him that the symptoms will soon pass as you check his condition from time to time. Tell him/her the role that exercise will do in hastening up the process of quitting and keeping your weight off. For those who need some serious rehabilitation the best way to convince them is to discuss with them its long term benefits; then assure them that once they commit themselves, they'll be in safe hands.
Don't quit. Educate the quitter. According to psychologist, it won't hurt if you enlighten him about quitting his/her vices. You can explain to him/her that among those who have smoked more than twenty cigarettes a day for more than twenty years, a minimum of three years must lapse after quitting before a decrease risk for cancer is evident. That will allow him to maintain a positive outlook through his entire quitting period.
Mental health stress. Do not allow the person to experience too much stress. A guidance counselor reveal that try to accept irritable behavior as part of the whole process. Say it in a very nice manner when you ask your love one not to smoke in your presence or in the house. Let your loved one feels that your concern for him/her is genuine and will remain positive, no matter what happens. Your unflagging acceptance and support will give the quitter the courage to endure the battle to survive it.
Pascua, Jeffrey, " Help Your Loved One Quit." Woman's home companion 7 Mar 01