Effective Smoking Cessation Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Stylianou, Y. M.
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Reviews the book, Cognitive-behavioral therapy for smoking cessation: A practical guidebook to the most effective treatments by Kenneth A. Perkins, Cynthia A. Conklin, and Michele D. Levine (see record 2007-01091-000). This book is a great resource for any practitioner interested in applying methods with the most empirical support to smoking cessation. 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 cognitive-behavioral perspective, yet it can also be a help for a seasoned practitioner in the area of smoking cessation. The cognitive-behavioral approach is presented in detail in understandable language. This book is divided into eight chapters, addressing treatment for smoking cessation in general and for subgroups of smokers faced with a particular difficulty in quitting. The authors provide practitioners with a comprehensive background of the nature and health consequences of nicotine dependence. They also provide steps to assess a smoker's motivation to quit. They then discuss how to skillfully use cognitive-behavioral counseling to help a nicotine-dependent individual to quit, including recommendations for available medications and how they should be used. Moreover, the authors report on nicotine withdrawal difficulties and ways to help quitters cope with these difficulties. The authors also present specific problems faced by subpopulations of smokers characterized by poorer prognoses, such as individuals with mental health problems, pregnant women, and adolescents. Treatment steps are suggested for these subpopulations. Finally, the authors address the importance of follow-up and long-term maintenance in smoking cessation. The 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. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)