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Smoking Cessation Group Available Starting January 2017

 

The Project of Primary Health Care offers Freedom From Smoking┬« – an 8 sessions group workshop for clients, completed in 7 weeks. Meetings are on Tuesdays from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm at Primary Health Care East Side Clinic, and will be facilitated by Anneke Gustafson, LISW.┬áInterested participants are encouraged to reserve their spot by calling Anneke at (515) 248-1825, or by completing the contact form below.

This in-person group workshop includes eight sessions with a small group of people. Led by a certified facilitator, the program features a step-by-step plan for quitting smoking and transitioning to a smoke-free lifestyle. Each session is designed to help smokers gain control over their behavior, and because no single quit smoking plan is effective for all smokers, the program has a variety of evidence-based techniques for individuals to combine into their own plan to quit smoking. The clinic format also encourages participants to work on the process and problems of quitting, individually and as part of a group.

A Freedom From Smoking┬« Group Clinic will help you learn how to overcome your tobacco addiction so you can enjoy the benefits of better health, extra money in your pocket and healthier relationships. Held in small group settings you’ll learn about:

  • Medicines that can help you stop smoking
  • Lifestyle changes that make quitting easier
  • Preparing for Quit Day
  • Managing stress
  • Avoiding weight gain
  • Developing a new self-image
  • How to stay smoke-free for good

Through eight sessions, individuals are able to work through the quitting process together. Eight weeks may sound like a lot of time, but research has proven that the more time a smoker spends in a supportive situation, the more likely he or she is to succeed. People who use the program are six times more likely to be smoke-free one year later than those who quit on their own.

The group meets on Tuesdays, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm.

Primary Health Care East Side Clinic
Patient Education Center
3509 E. 29th Street
Des Moines, IA 50317

Accommodations for disabilities and/or transportation assistance may be arranged by calling (515) 248-1825, preferably 48 hours in advance.

ABOUT THE FACILITATOR

Anneke-Gustafson

Anneke Gustafson joined The Project of Primary Health Care in September of 2015 as the behavioral health consultant. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa. She graduated with her master's in social work in 2008 from the University of Iowa. Prior to joining the team at The Project she developed and managed several mental health and disability programs. Since 2008 Anneke has provided therapy services to individuals, groups and families. She has worked in community mental health for the last 18 years.