Motivational and behavioral factors predicting success in cigarette smoking-cessation treatment combining group therapy with bupropion

Aviv Weinstein, Zipi Yemini, Joel Greif

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Abstract

We report a smoking-cessation treatment program combining bupropion and a short five session cognitive-behavior group therapy in smokers over 2 months. After 8 weeks of treatment, four participants have managed to stop smoking completely. The factors predicting success in treatment in the short term were: (1) high motivation to quit smoking and readiness to change; (2) a supervised gradual increase in medication from one to two tablets a day according to patients' response to medication; (3) a short phase of harm-reduction is an important and acceptable phase toward complete cessation of smoking; and (4) assessment and group work on smoking behavior, craving, and high-risk situations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-92
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery
Volume3
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Addiction
  • Bupropion
  • Group therapy
  • Harm reduction
  • Recovery
  • Smoking cessation

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