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Everyone’s journey to quit smoking is different, but you don’t have to do it alone. The University of Chicago Medicine offers Courage to Quit (CTQ), a group-based, comprehensive approach to smoking cessation. We help patients overcome tobacco addiction and quit smoking for good.
Courage to Quit is a stop-smoking program developed by UChicago Medicine’s Andrea King, PhD, in partnership with the Respiratory Health Association (RHA). The program is consistent with proven, evidence-based smoking cessation methods, including behavioral skills, cognitive skills and medication information to help you learn how to quit smoking, reduce tobacco use and lead a healthy lifestyle.
UChicago Medicine’s psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience team works in partnership with pulmonary medicine specialists to coordinate the smoking cessation program.
We offer multiple Courage to Quit groups weekly in a rolling group format which allows you to join the program at any time. Groups typically have between four and 10 members and are separated into Phase 1 (beginner) groups and Phase 2 (advanced) groups for Phase 1 graduates. Our goal is to provide support, information, skills, tools, feedback and education to help you quit smoking. You can come to as many meetings as you would like. If you decide that the program is not a good match for you, you will be provided with other smoking cessation resources.
If you are in Chicago and would like to be scheduled for the program, you can call our psychiatry intake office directly at 773-702-3858. Alternatively, if you are a patient at UChicago Medicine, you can ask your health care provider to assist you in enrolling for the program.
Groups currently meet for 75 minutes on:
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