Recovery Connections

John Schwary is CEO of Transitional Living Communities, a 850-bed recovery program he founded in Mesa, Arizona January 9, 1992 when he had a year sober. He's in his 27th year of recovery.

In these posts, he views life mostly through the lenses of recovery. While the blog is factual, he sometimes disguises events and people to protect anonymity.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Help for Quitters

In response to my recent blog about quitting smoking a former client writes:

“After smoking for 30+ years, I quit smoking just last year. I wanted to write just to recommend ASH LINE, I'm sure you seen the ads on TV. Sponsored by the University of Phoenix, it's a free service. They will give you a sponsor who calls every week to check on your progress and offer encouragement. Like the "Big Book" they have all the tools one needs to quit. I used Chantix and had no problem with quitting, I was surprised how easy it was. Chantix is free by prescription through Ash Line or Medicaid. As a past resident at TLC I know how you feel about "MEDS". Let me assure you Chantix is safe and non-addictive and only taken for 8 to 12 weeks. Again, I just wanted to recommend Ash Line to anyone who wants to quit.”

For any of you who want to quit, click here to go to the Ashline website.

A myriad of free information is at: http://smokefree.gov/free-resources

Other free resources:www.lung.org/stop-smoking/how-to-quit/getting-help/

Click on any one of these for free help. While it’s not the easiest thing to quit, the ones who usually tell you how difficult it is are those who are still smoking.

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