Step Ahead, Inc. has several programs for tobacco problems. We offer the means to quit smoking and STAY QUIT for those with a tobacco dependency problem. We also offer consultant services to corporations, educational institutions and healthcare facilities that are trying to deal effectively with this major occupational, social and health issue.
In addition, we can provide presentations and workshops on the various aspects of tobacco use problems to interested civic, healthcare, religious or educational groups or agencies. To learn what we have done for others click here.
TO LEARN WHAT WE CAN DO FOR YOU, READ ON!
IS TOBACCO USE CAUSING ANY OF THE FOLLOWING PROBLEMS FOR YOU OR OTHERS YOU CARE ABOUT?
1. Is it getting harder to catch your breath, even during light to moderate exertion, such as climbing a flight of stairs?
2. Are your fingers and teeth carrying tobacco stains?
3. Do you have more "colds" than you ever had before?
4. Do people complain about your breath?
5. Are you hard-pressed to find the money for your tobacco use?
6. Is anyone living with you suffering from asthma, bronchial congestion or other respiratory distress?
7. Are you finding it more difficult to participate in activities without excusing yourself to smoke a cigarette?
8. Has your doctor urged you to quit smoking?
9. If you use smokeless tobacco, have you noticed any leathery white patches on your gums?
10. Have any people who care about you urged you to quit smoking or using other tobacco products?
11. Have you tried to quit smoking or other tobacco use, without success?
12. Does your day begin with coughing?
13. Are you fearful of developing a tobacco-related condition, such as lung cancer, heart disease, bladder cancer or oral cancers?
14. Do you have heart disease in any form?
QUITTING AND STAYING QUIT IS POSSIBLE!
Nicotine dependence is a powerful foe! Nicotine operates both as a stimulant and a depressant. A feat of which few drugs can boast! That makes it a singular ally where mood and mind control is concerned. Unfortunately, the cost of this control is likely to be your life or at least a profound reduction in its quality. The cost will also include diminishing the quality of life of those around you, who are forced to breathe in what you breathe out, along with what burns freely from the lit substance. And, if you smoke 20 to 30 cigarettes a day, it is costing you about $2800 a year and up!
"Step Ahead's performance in implementing our Tobacco Dependency Treatment Grant far exceeded our expectations. You have a unique ability to educate people about this issue and motivate them to change. Mountainside (live link) is indebted to you for your thoroughness, professionalism and extraordinary sensitivity in the creation of our new tobacco dependence component of treatment."
- Terence R. Dougherty, President, Mountainside Treatment Program, Canaan, CT.
CURRENT STATISTICS INDICATE THAT ONLY 5% OF SMOKERS WHO TRY TO QUIT ON THEIR OWN ARE SUCCESSFUL.
The evidence is clear that the best way to quit smoking or deal with other tobacco issues is with a solid support system. This support can include a professional counselor, self-help group involvement, understanding friends and the use of adjunct medication such as the transdermal patch to minimize the discomfort of withdrawal when you quit smoking. Dependence tends to feed on isolation. Give yourself the best chance of full recovery. Don't go it alone!
"SO WHAT SHOULD I DO?"
If you or a loved one wants to quit smoking and stay quit take the following steps:
1. Fill out the tobacco dependence questionnaire and let Step Ahead evaluate it. (click here.)
2. Get accurate, reliable information about tobacco use.
3. Begin to form a strong support system for your task.
4. Contact someone who can help you form a realistic plan for quitting.
TOBACCO PROBLEMS IN YOUR COMPANY?
Do you own a company or are you associated with any corporation, healthcare facility or educational facility that is having difficulties establishing effective policies regarding tobacco use, particularly smoking?
We have reached a time in our social history when smoking is becoming increasingly undesirable. As business leaders, health and educational professionals and civil authorities recognize the inherent dangers connected with even the lightest tobacco use, the mandate grows for tobacco-free sites. Yet few people have either the commitment or expertise to address this mandate effectively. Could you use some assistance? LET STEP AHEAD HELP!
Step Ahead can evaluate your needs and make recommendations to meet those needs. We can implement those recommendations, if desirable. Step Ahead can help you to create policies and develop positive, proactive attitudes toward those policies among employees, staff members and patient populations. Step Ahead can provide treatment on or offsite for individuals or agency employees who want to quit smoking. We can supply educational presentations, workshops and materials to small groups or entire organizations, concerning tobacco use and the surrounding health, social and business issues. DON'T YOU HAVE ENOUGH TO DO? LET STEP AHEAD HELP!
CAN YOU AFFORD NOT TO OFFER TOBACCO EDUCATION FOR YOUR EMPLOYEES?
Did you know that
Over their lifetime cigarette smokers cost approximately $10,000 more in medical expenditures than nonsmokers?
Smokers are absent from work 6.5 days more per year than nonsmokers?
The indirect cost of lost productivity has been estimated at over $1000/year per smoking employee, excluding transfer payments such as sick pay and the cost of the impact on nonsmoking employees by Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS)?
Those exposed to ETS in the workplace for more than one year are twice as likely to take time off for illness?
Although many smokers feel their tobacco use is aiding their powers of concentration and creativity, this is usually far from the truth. The distractions and compromised circumstances caused by entering withdrawal are legendary, not to mention the necessity of interrupting your activity numerous times to ward off withdrawal (minimally every 25-35 minutes!)
As the above statistics indicate, smokers are a tremendous burden on places of employment. The burden takes the form of higher insurance costs, higher expense for sick time, nonsmoking employees picking up the slack for the smoker taking breaks, higher absentee rates and even pollution and fire damage to equipment and furnishings. And, smoking by healthcare professionals is unconscionable, given their responsibility as a role model for their patients or clients.
Step Ahead, Inc. was co-founded by recovering smokers Karen and Jim Mell. Both are certified addictions counselors, each with over 35 years of experience in the treatment field. Although tobacco is a relatively new concern of healthcare facilities and industry, Karen and Jim have over 25 years of experience addressing both the educational and treatment aspects of this major health issue, which places Step Ahead in the vanguard of agencies qualified to meet your individual or corporate needs.
Karen and Jim have been consultants for the Addressing Tobacco Project, Inc., the leading training program in the country for agencies and businesses dealing with tobacco issues. They were employed for many years at Little Hill-Alina Lodge, the first residential alcohol and other drug treatment program in the nation to become nicotine-free. Step Ahead implemented a grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for Mountainside Treatment Center in Canaan, CT, creating an integrated tobacco dependence treatment component for their residential chemical dependency program.
INDIVIDUAL AND COMPANY TOBACCO DEPENDENCY PROGRAMS
Step Ahead, Inc. offers individual counseling sessions to individuals wanting to quit smoking or their use of other tobacco products. Step Ahead also can be engaged as a consultant to help agencies, facilities and businesses address this major problem in a constructive and realistic manner, and offers onsite treatment groups. Because Step Ahead, Inc. is nonprofit, treatment is offered on a sliding fee scale at reasonable rates. (click here)
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