Techniques of cognitive behavioral psychotherapy trying to help smokers get rid of some behaviors such as smoking, helping to better understand the thoughts he associates with it. These methods can be used both in preparation of weaning during it or to prevent recurrence.
Some comparative studies argue in favor of these psychotherapies , experts say the Ministry of Health . These experts believe the group sessions , such as those proposed in business or anti-smoking centers also useful , but only if their duration is sufficient (at least 30 minutes) , the number of participants is relatively small ( 8-12 ) and that the sessions are sufficiently numerous (at least 5-7 ) .
Psychotherapy allows the ex- smoker aware of the problem. It participates in the management of disorders often associated with smoking such as anxiety and depression. It allows to assess the degree of motivation and verify that weaning is good.
Like any psychotherapy , the effects are long to get and the number of psychotherapists interested behavioral smoking cessation is limited in France.