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Hi Doctor,

Iam Sudha from Coimbatore, India. My husband is a tobacco consumer (brand:pan parag). He wants to quit the habit of in-taking it. How to do that?

Also if I want to check if he has affected with tobacco consuming all this years, how to check that? Which specialist doctor I have to consult? What is the examination procedure?

Please reply and guide me, doctor.

Thanks
Sudha

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Hi Sudha,

I am not aware of the resources available in India for tobacco cessation. It is wonderful that he wants to quit. My advice would be to consult with his primary care doctor to learn more about local support services and/or medications to help him quit. His doctor can also order chest x-rays and any other examinations he feels necessary to determine how tobacco use may have effected your husbands lungs or heart.

As you know, tobacco use is dangerous and the sooner he stops the better his health will improve. I hope this information was helpful to you.

Congratulations to your husband for his decision to stop and best wishes to you both.

Sherrie

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I am qualified to answer questions in all areas of addiction and recovery. If you have a question that I can not answer, I am not afraid to tell you that I do not know, however, I am willing to help you find the answer. I am qualified to assist you with questions asked by the individual who is using drugs or alcohol, as well as questions from concerned friends and family members. I understand the stigmas of this disease and the difficult issues that arise from substance use. I am here to offer guidance and support.

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I have worked in the field of substance abuse for 20 years. I have experience working in the areas of inpatient detoxification, outpatient counseling, halfway houses, self help groups, individual, marital and family counseling, drunken driving education, pregnant and parenting programs, and medication assisted treatment. Additionally, I have a strong background in medical issues, psychopharmacology and mental health issues. I believe in individualized treatment which meets the specific needs of each person suffering from the disease of addiction.

Education/Credentials
I currently hold a Masters Degree in Human Services/Psychology. I am also continuing with a PhD in Counseling Psychology. I am internationally certified as an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor, and licensed as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor. I am additionally pursuing the credential of a Substance Abuse Professional which will allow me to work with and evaluate individuals who are employed within the D.O.T. system. Lastly, I am a partner in private practice working with individuals who are seeking recovery from addictive disorders.

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I have extensive experience working with individuals from all walks of life. I have worked with professionals, community leaders, NFL players, police officers, lawyers, nurses, homeless individuals, the indigent, doctors, and attorneys.

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