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Spiritual practices can help smokers quit.

Published on May 11th, 2007 17:05

In distinction to many habitual alcohol and drug dependence treatment programs, the smoking quit programs generally exclude spiritual practice and beliefs from the cure process. But the researchers from the Oregon Health & Science University Smoking Cessation Center claim many smokers are receptive to and may benefit from their personal spiritual resources.

The OHSU research team studied some patients in clinical practice who used their own spiritual practices in their cessation attempts. This provoked a question why spiritual resources were not included in mainstream tobacco dependence treatment programs.

The team affirms that smoking cessation medications in combination with behavioral interventions enlarge quit rates, but the quitting process is still complex and some smokers need more help in order to quit successfully.

Gonzales and colleagues revealed that women were more willingly use a spiritual practice in comparison to men, but both male and female smokers who smoked more than 15 cigarettes daily were more inclined to have their health care provider who’d encourage them to use their private spiritual practice to help in a quit attempt.

Not many clinicians want to talk about spirituality with their patients, though asking smoking patients if they accept a spiritual practice may be useful to their care.

Accent on patient spirituality becomes more prevailed in medicine and is accepted as integral to the treatment of many medical conditions. Interrogations show patients would like their providers to talk about spirituality related to their health care. Along with this opportunity there is another side of the question; it is respect of spiritual practices of the patients that may be different from the providers’ ones.