Quit Help by Phone
Meet The Quit Coaches
Meet the coaches dedicated to your successful quit.
Krista: When my daughter was 7 and right before I was pregnant with my son, I started school. This led me to a passion of wanting to help people become healthier. Tobacco is one of the top reasons why people are not healthy and I love being able to help someone on their journey to let the tobacco go so they can achieve their goals of having a healthier environment for them and their families. I tell people that knowing your habits and your routine is the most important piece to the puzzle. Knowing why you smoke/chew can help you make a plan of what to do instead and helps to keep you from having those cravings sneak up on you. The most important thing is to realize that you slipped, and as long as you pick yourself up and keep moving forward, you will be successful – no matter if the slip was 1 month in or 10 years into the quit.
Danielle: As I was growing up I always knew I wanted to work in a career that provided an opportunity to help people reach goals in their lives that may be difficult. Being a pregnancy coach is extremely fulfilling, working with participants to reach goals that will help not only them, but also their family and future family is really exciting. I encourage people to focus on the importance of developing coping skills. Tools like Nicotine Replacement Therapy and Medications are designed to be short term, coping skills can last a lifetime. Quitting isn’t easy, but with the right support, motivation, tools and follow-through, anything is possible. Not only do we help you develop a plan we also help you maintain your quit by continuing your coaching calls to discuss challenges and the positive impact you are making in your life.
Amnya: I was in the public arena for over 5 years after graduation. I enjoy interacting with people of all ages. Everyone has his or her own story to tell and I am able to be a part of that. I enjoy when people are able to realize their full potential; it is very rewarding as a coach. I tell people that quitting is a process and a journey and that there is a great deal to learn about one’s self. Practicing patience is very rewarding and necessary in the quitting process. Some people think that they’ve been smoking for too long to be able to quit. This is not true. I’ve witnessed people in their 80s quitting and it’s the best reward ever. Never give up.
Linda: I have been in the people business for a long time. I am always curious to find out about each person, their life and uniqueness. As smokers go through the quitting process they make discoveries about themselves and it is fun to share this process with them. I always say, pay attention to your smoking habit as you are preparing to quit. Why, when and where do you smoke? Some smokers even keep a journal or log of their smoking to support their quit. This information is valuable for anticipating a difficult time or situation and having the opportunity to prepare in advance. Quitting tobacco isn’t a one-time event where you quit and you’re done- it is a process. A slip isn’t a big deal if you pick yourself up and start again where you left off.
Brandon: I have studied Psychological & Brain Sciences and Clinical Mental Health. I find it moving to talk to people who are taking control of their lives, reaching out for support and working hard to create a new future for themselves. We are all comfortable in our habits and routines, the misunderstanding is that one can remove cigarettes from his/her life and continue to engage in the same exact routines. I’ll help you practice stress and anxiety tolerance; observe, identify, and feel the emotions that come with quitting.
Pat: I believe that after a career of health service, I have some experience and wisdom to motivate others to live better lives by making healthy lifestyle choices and changes. One of my best memories was taking a call from an 88-year-old, her two sons, and one grandson, three generations all in one call. She was leading her family to be smoke-free. It was a long call but worth every moment. My biggest tip has always been to reinforce and support empowerment over the addiction. Quitting allows the smoker to take back the control from the nicotine and smile within. I love saying to someone when they quit, “enjoy your smoke-free life.”
Christian: I have a background working as a Student Mentor while attending the University of Colorado. I started my career helping fellow students to achieve their goals and become successful people. I enjoy learning from the people who call into the program. I feel that they’re brave for taking the step to quit tobacco and it’s great being able to work together to make that change possible. Quitting isn’t easy but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it. Each day as you adjust your routines and change your life you’re getting further and further away from that old habit. You have to believe in yourself!
Liz: I love that I come to work every day and have the chance to make a positive impact on someone’s life. I also enjoy helping someone find a way to move forward with their quit when they are feeling stuck, or are struggling to find a solution to a problem standing in their way. I have helped people make changes in their lives, big and small, and know very well how difficult that process can be. With one participant, I had merely provided an opportunity to talk things out and explore possibilities. It was incredible to see what a difference this made for the participant. I think that a common misunderstanding about quitting is that this is a simple mind over matter habit that someone merely needs to stop doing. Smoking is a real addiction both physically and psychologically, and should be treated as such. Smoking is not a character flaw or sign of weakness.
Brad: I love the challenge and the opportunity to learn and grow as a coach. I have a sense of accomplishment and pride in hearing the success stories from our participants that have quit and are confident they will quit for good. I had one call where the participant was very reluctant to engage in coaching. Originally they were only interested in the patches and didn’t feel coaching could help. We started out slow and eventually the participant began to open up about his triggers and challenges, past experience quitting and his quit plan. He had lots to share and we ended up with a very productive coaching session. Quitting by phone offers the ability to discuss personal issues and strategies in a private/relaxed atmosphere in your own home/work/car etc. It feels more like it is on your territory.