Our expert says:
Some people manage to do it on their own, some don't. As quitting is so important, so good for your health and such a money-saver, if its proving difficult on your own, doing so with expert help is still very much worth it.
And work on alternatives. Other things to do when you're feeling bored at home, rather than drink or smoke. Surely there are hobbies, friends to visit or invite in, DVDs to watch, whatever ?
When you ask : "is it really that bad to smoke and drink once a month" that's not the right question - it depends on how much you drink. With alcohol, if you can limit it to a couple of modest-sized glasses of wine ( restaurants have tried to teach us wine glasses should be gigantic ) once a week, that may even be mildly healthy.
For smoking, tobacco or marijuana, there is no safe or healthy amount. Obviously smaller amounts and less often, is better than larger amounts and more often, but none is the best of all from the point of view of health.
It sounds as though, like many of us, being busy, it seems natural that one should be able to greatly enjoy time spent alone, but in fact its not always all that enjoyable, and one may feel lonely and bored, and needs to fin better alternatives. And some non-smoking and non-drinking friends could be handy !
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