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Smoking Cessation


Quitting smoking is a challenging journey, but at Ciconia Recovery London, we're here to guide you every step of the way.

Whether you've been contemplating quitting or have tried before and struggled, our comprehensive Smoking Cessation program is designed to provide the support you need to successfully quit and lead a healthier life.

The Benefits of Quitting Smoking

The decision to quit smoking is one of the most beneficial health decisions you can make. The benefits are both immediate and long-term:

  • After 8 hours: Your heart rate and blood pressure begin to normalize.
  • After 2 days: Your sense of taste and smell starts to improve.
  • After 3 days: Your lung capacity begins to increase.
  • Between 2 to 8 weeks: Your skin and hair regain a healthier appearance, your skin becomes more elastic, wrinkles fade, and your breathing improves.
  • After 3 months: The chronic cough disappears, and any initial weight gain stabilizes with healthy eating and regular physical activity.
  • After 5 years: Your risk of lung cancer and heart disease is significantly reduced.
  • After 15 years: Your risk of lung cancer approaches that of a non-smoker.

In addition to these health benefits, quitting smoking also saves you money and protects your loved ones from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke.

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The Challenges of Quitting Smoking

Quitting smoking is not easy. The process involves overcoming both physical and psychological dependencies on nicotine, the addictive substance in tobacco. Physical withdrawal symptoms such as cravings, irritability, low mood, and lack of concentration can peak within the first week of quitting but gradually disappear over time.

Psychological dependence is often tied to daily habits and emotional states. Certain situations or feelings can trigger the urge to smoke, making it difficult to quit. Understanding these triggers is a crucial part of the quitting process.

Our Approach to Smoking Cessation

At Ciconia Recovery London, we offer a personalized and comprehensive approach to smoking cessation. Our program is designed to adapt to your specific needs and motivations, helping you overcome both the physical and psychological challenges of quitting smoking.

The Program

Our program involves a minimum of 6-8 meetings, starting with a specialized medical examination and psychological assessment. We measure exhaled carbon monoxide (CO) levels and use the Fagerstrom test to assess nicotine dependence. We also evaluate your motivation to quit smoking.

Throughout the program, we provide cognitive-behavioral strategies to help you cope with the urge to smoke and prevent future relapses. Our doctors will discuss various options to assist you in quitting, including potential pharmacological interventions.

Regular follow-up appointments are essential to monitor your progress and adjust your treatment plan as necessary.

Start Your Journey Today

Located in Central London, our Harley Street clinic is easily accessible and offers a supportive and professional environment for your journey to quit smoking. Our in-house psychiatrist, Dr. Francesca Fatteri, has an excellent track record in helping patients quit smoking through counseling, cognitive behavior therapy techniques, and pharmacological intervention when needed.

We are also pleased to offer an online option, making our services easily accessible no matter where you are.

Take the first step towards a healthier, smoke-free future today. Contact us to learn more about our Smoking Cessation program and how we can support you on your journey to quit smoking. Remember, every journey begins with a single step. Let that step be towards a smoke-free life with Ciconia Recovery London.

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Who will I speak to when I call?

Experienced recovery workers who are compassionate, experienced and knowledgeable about substance misuse and mental health issues, they will be happy to take your call and discuss all your queries in a discreet and confidential manner. And if needed they will offer you a free video consultation with a psychiatrist.

How much does treatment cost?

At CRL we endeavour to keep our costs as low as possible whilst at the same time continuing to  provide high quality care. The cost of treatment varies depending on the level of care needed and the length of the treatment plan required. The best way to ascertain this cost would be to speak to one of our experienced recovery workers to determine what treatment plan will be the most effective for you in achieving your desired goals.

Does insurance cover mental health or addictive treatment?

Some private health insurance companies cover the treatment, you will have to check your policy to see if you qualify.

Does insurance cover adult ADHD assessment or treatment?

Yes, most private health insurance companies cover the treatment, you will have to check your policy to see if you qualify.

Do you only treat substance misuse?

No, in addition to our drug and alcohol treatment packages, we also treat a wide range of mental health disorders, some of which may be associated with the individual’s substance misuse and dependency, these include treatment for personality disorders, anxiety, depression, adult ADHD and PTSD amongst other disorders.

What if I need a detox?

We offer a wide range of options for smooth and painless detox thanks to our new provided medications (i.e. long-acting buprenorphine monthly injections). If this is something you are interested in, please call us to discuss which is more suitable for you.

The main emphasis in our detox programs is to provide as much comfort and support while doing our best to minimise any withdrawal symptoms the individual may experience throughout their recovery. Many users recognise they need help and support to get clean but fear the consequences of withdrawals, we have created detox plans to greatly reduce the unpleasant effects of withdrawals.

Do your programs offer aftercare?

Yes, we will continue to support clients after they have completed treatment either by us or elsewhere by offering a wide range of aftercare programs, studies have shown that people have a much better chance of avoiding relapse if they are engaged in aftercare programs. Please get in touch to discuss the best aftercare options for yourself.

Is smoking permitted?

No, this is a medical facility and smoking is not permitted at all.

Do you treat trauma?

Yes, our staff are specially trained in trauma, grief/loss and attachment, we know very well the negative impact these can have on someone’s mental health which can then trigger alcohol/drug misuse and other negative behavioural health challenges. Among our treatment approaches to trauma is EMDR therapy which is very effective in easing and treating PTSD.

What is outpatient care?

Outpatient care is less intensive than inpatient care. The patient will usually attend regular meetings with a consultant psychiatrist, counsellor, therapist or key-worker where they will be given similar treatments to those in an inpatient clinic. However, as the patient does not stay overnight, the cost of this care is less expensive.

Outpatient programmes consist of daily, weekly or monthly sessions. Because outpatient treatment requires less time in-attendance, the entire recovery programme generally lasts longer than inpatient care. While inpatient treatment typically lasts for a period of six to eight weeks, an outpatient programme can last many months.

Who is outpatient treatment suitable for?

Outpatient treatment is suitable for individuals who have been struggling with addiction but may benefit from a less intensive approach to recovery than inpatient care.

CRL staff are available to offer helpful advice and information on all types of addiction and the most suitable treatment options. If you would like a referral to a counsellor, therapist or consultant psychiatrist for outpatient treatment, call us today. We can also provide support and advice to the loved ones of those struggling with addiction, as well as information on the treatments we provide and how these can be accessed.

Our staff are compassionate and caring and will treat anything you discuss in the strictest of confidence. If you need advice on addiction, or simply need someone to talk to, please do not hesitate to call us.

Are your staff qualified?

All CRL staff are qualified for their specific roles with many years of experience in working in the addiction and mental health fields. In addition all our staff are always up to date with all their relevant training and registrations.


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