BEHAVIORAL PROTOCOL

 

 

Move forward with your life.

Put the addiction of nicotine behind you!

 

Developed for smokers, our three step process is very simple and it works.

 

Taking a different approach that will last a lifetime.

 

 

The most significant aspect of the Welplex treatment is the behavioral protocol.  The advantages that this approach presents over other therapy are numerous. First, behaviors, that are specific, can be pinpointed, new techniques can be explained, and results can be immediately and easily evaluated. Second, this is an economic effort of time. These techniques can easily become a part of your daily routines. Monitor and control of the entire process is done effortlessly.  Third, the most import step is that it takes only a short period of time to see achieved results. For those who wish to break free from the habit, this means that the personal stress is less. The financial aspect of this treatment is that it is not prolonged. 

Publication in the thousands, dealing with the research of systematic behavioral and their applications, show successful treatments of individuals with maladaptive behaviors.  Behavior modification addresses what a patient does instead of other techniques that only focus on inner conflicts a patient or trying to change how they think.  This method tries to directly modify the behavior by controlling or influencing the circumstances that are environmental through punishment or reward. 

Many sources of resistance makes nicotine addiction complicated. The treatment we offer is different from others because it stands out with the three steps we incorporate into the programming:  reprogramming old habits, eliminating the withdrawal symptoms that are physical, and by altering the pain / pleasure connections the patients associate with smoking. 

 

Physical Withdrawal Elimination 

When there are physical cravings as a result of the nicotine addiction, rational thinking is compromised. The connection between the psychological and physical drives of the patients is recognized by our double barreled approach. 

The experience of overwhelming cravings, urges and need for cigarettes, is what makes nicotine addiction a need that is physiological.  The lack of nicotine in a patients system makes them sluggish and ill. Common symptoms are irritability and lightheadedness.   Our program gets rid of the cravings – this is the physical need – immediately.   The first step towards quitting is the elimination of the response that is physical since learned behaviors are weakened and disappear with time if they are not practiced.  

With the elimination of the physical withdrawal symptoms, behavioral modification is easily learned.  The three step modification program that is used is a simple one: 

1st Step:            Emotional and Physical Routines are interrupted.

2nd Step:           By not smoking, Physical Pleasure is experienced.

3rd Step:            By not smoking, Emotional Pleasure is experienced.

  

First Step  – Reprogrammed Habits 

Programmed behaviors are developed around the use of cigarettes.  The behaviors are habits that have been learned and strengthened with time and are primarily associated with smoking.  The habits have become so second natured that smokers find themselves smoking, however they can’t remember picking up and lighting the cigarette in their hand. 

All behaviors that are learned can be unlearned, especially undesirable ones. Step one emphasizes on interrupting the emotional and physical routines of the patients via counseling. One example is that patients are asked to avoid places where they would normally go to have a smoke such as break rooms or bars.  They are encouraged to their morning routines and to simply keep smoking paraphernalia out of site.  The main goal is to simply get rid of the smoking habits. 

Burrhus Frederic Skinner (March 20, 1904 – August 18, 1990) an American behaviorist and social philosopher states that by repeating a new behavior 21 times, it can be learned. Realistically the number of repetitions does not make a difference.  Behaviors that are avoided, consistently, are weakened and behaviors that are repeated, consistently, are strengthened. 

 

Second and Third Steps

New Behavior Reinforcement 

This approach not only gets rid of old habits and creates new habits, it addresses one of the most difficult sources of the patient’s resistance to breaking the smoking habit – coping behaviors that are faulty.  Smoking a cigarette is maintained by pleasurable and positive results and these results are negatively reinforced. 

Its without a doubt that smoking is pleasurable, but when the nicotine levels decreases or becomes lower that what is accustomed, the feelings of anxiety is strong. This discomfort is relieved by simply picking up a cigarette and smoking.  So in short, the psychological withdrawal pain is avoided by smoking. 

Pain is an association smokers make with not smoking. When a patient smokes, the anxiety goes away, and the habit of smoking is reinforced.  Smoking then becomes associated with the relief of discomfort and only pleasurable feelings.  This is a negative coping behavior that is addressed in our two behavioral modification steps.   

Our patients are instructed to follow techniques that allow them to form new behaviors.  Instead of focusing on the negativity and the discomfort associated with not smoking, they are taught a variety of methods to use to show how beneficial it is to not smoke and the pleasures that come with not having a cigarette. 

Our main focus is to help smokers tackle the initial impulse to light a cigarette at the first or any signs of discomfort they experience.  Patients are instructed to use positive non smoking associations to strengthen their determination not to smoke.  Faulty and imperfect behavior patterns diminish in strength and eventually disappear with time if they are not reinforced. 

With standard therapies, a breakthrough is experienced.  Instantly change occurs, and a new perspective or behavior emerges.  With our patients, they realize this perceptual shift after the fifth or sixth day. The result – a confirmed non smoker in approximately two weeks. 

For those who have tried other smoking cessation programs and have failed with them, our program will work for you. The connection between the psychological and the physical components of this type of addiction, are apply to break the cycle.  The medical protocol we use eliminates the overwhelming urges associated with quitting, which is the greatest help in the treatment.  The psychological system encourages new responses and assist patients to weigh in on the emotional and physical pleasures of not smoking

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