1st Edition

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Smoking Cessation A Practical Guidebook to the Most Effective Treatments

    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    Practitioners helping smokers to quit can be more effective by learning key therapeutic techniques aimed at increasing any smoker’s chances of success. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Smoking Cessation is a valuable guidebook to an empirically based CBT approach to smoking cessation that has been shown to be effective with or without the use of medications. This approach emphasizes techniques for enhancing the smoker’s motivation and confidence to quit, and teaching the smoker steps for preparing to quit, coping with the difficulties that emerge after quitting, and transitioning to become a long term nonsmoker.

    Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Smoking Cessation offers the fundamental counseling strategies and interventions that have been established, researched, and refined over the past decade. This program outlines essential components that should be included in the treatment of any smoker, as well as steps to take when faced with smokers likely to have particular difficulty quitting. Unique to this volume is the inclusion of a specifically tailored CBT model designed to address weight gain concerns in the smoker. Perkins, Conklin, and Levine are leading researchers on effective smoking cessation intervention for those concerned about the potential gain in weight that accompanies quitting, and offer a flexible approach that allows the practitioner to tailor interventions to each individual. An invaluable addition to any health professional’s repertoire, the treatment model presented in this book provides practitioners with the tools necessary to help their clients to quit smoking.

    The Consequences of Smoking and the Nature of Tobacco Dependence. Preparing Smokers to Quit. Time to Quit. Medications to Aid Quitting. Handling Withdrawal and Dealing with Lapses. Addressing Weight Gain Concerns. Cessation Treatment for Subpopulations and Smokers with Comorbid Conditions. Follow-up and Long-term Maintenance.


    Dr. Perkins received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Iowa and is currently Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. He has served on the editorial boards of several journals and on NIH grant review committees and advisory boards. Dr. Perkins has published over 150 scientific articles and chapters, mostly on the addictive effects of nicotine or smoking. He is a past-President of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

    Dr. Conklin received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Purdue University and is currently Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Conklin has contributed book chapters on understanding and treating addiction, and has numerous journal articles investigating the effects of drug-related cues in smokers. Dr. Conklin’s research is funded primarily by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and she is the 2006 recipient of the APA Wyeth Young Psychopharmacologist award.

    Dr. Levine received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Levine studies the relationships among mood, weight and health behaviors. She has published journal articles on the roles of mood and weight concerns in smoking postpartum, the prevention of weight gain among women, and the treatment of pediatric obesity. Her research is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

    "In this single volume, the authors have provided a valuable guidebook to an empirically based CBT approach to smoking cessation. It is a refreshing new outlook on an age-old problem." - Caroline Morris, MA, chief verifier for OCR for the Health & Social Care Suite of NVQs, incorporating DANOS Drug & Alcohol National Standards, in Addiction Today

    "This book is well written, easy to read, and well organized. It can be an aid for a novice practitioner interested in learning about principles of smoking cessation from a cognitve-behavioral perspective, yet it can also be a help for a seasoned practitioner in the are of smoking cessation. The cognitive-behavioral approach is presented in detail in understandable language...[t]he book indeed meets all expectations and thoroughly covers the field of smoking cessation using a cognitive-behavioral approach and presenting the most contemporary and effective approaches. It is a book that any practitioner, even at varying levels of expertise in the area of cessation, can find as a helpful resource."

    -Maria Karekla, Maios Constantinou, and Yianna-Maria Stylianou in PsycCRITIQUES (July 16, 2008, Vol. 53, Release 29, Article 2)