Get 1-2-1 Social Support On Quit Smoking Forums
Herox is a public health initiative to try and reduce the amount of smoking worldwide by using a buddy system.
Quitting smoking with support from another person has been proven to be much more effective than trying to quit alone. The reassurance and guidance you can get from someone who has gone through the exact same process as yourself is something that can change a relapse into another victory. The battle against nicotine addiction is on.
In the past there were many different methods of getting support while trying to stop smoking. There are many government helplines that can be called – usually 24 / 7. These are worldwide services so be sure to consider them in a moment of need.
There are also many online options for getting support. Forums feel a little outdated these days. But reading through the many posts on various sites they certainly seem to be effective. Quitzas quit smoking forum is one stop smoking message board that really took our eye. They have turned the traditional forum model on its head and created something much more.
They have taken the standard forum cessation support model and revamped it into a fully featured social network with progress tracking technologies.
This is being called “Social Cessation” and they are certainly leading the way. Once you join the site you will get a huge amount of information given to you about your quit. Just fill out a few details about your previous habit – things like how much you used to smoke, how long you smoked, if you are quitting using NRT (Nicotine patches / Gum) etc.
Once signed in you will be able to see your current risk levels for things like lung cancer and COPD. You will see how much money you have saved by being a non smoker and much more.
The best part is the progress tracking system that is used. Whenever you pass a milestone (Eg. 7 days smokefree or 100% of nicotine removed from your body) The Quitza App posts a award to your timeline and the rest of the forums. This inevitably leads to a huge amount of praise and congratulating from the quit smoking message board. Several of these threads are posted on their Boards every day.
Because of these awesome features herox.org and Quitza are planning on joining forces. Creating a online buddy system for people to find one to one mentors to try and avoid relapse.
So how does it work? Well things are still being decided. But the basic Idea is this. A new quitter will tell the rest of the community their desire for a mentor. This will be someone who has already been through the herox plan as a quitter. They will be on hand to offer support through the cravings and to post encouragement when milestones are reached.
As time passes the nicotine withdrawal cravings will lessen and hopefully the person is now a non smoker. This is where phase two comes into play. This person will now be eleigable to payforward to support they received to a new herox participant. Posting threads and encouragement on the quit smoking forums and message boards. Telling the world how good their padowan is doing.
Its early days for us and this is just the start. Stay tuned for more concrete updates.