Courage to Quit

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Courage to Quit® is a comprehensive group or individual tobacco treatment program for adults. Program leaders provide information, practice skills, and support to help you reach your smoke-free goals.


Courage to Quit is available in multiple formats with flexible content that can be customized for delivery to a variety of participant groups in health centers, community settings or workplaces. Research on a wide variety of people who smoke by age, race and gender has shown that among people who initially enrolled in the program (attended first session), 32-73% quit smoking at the end of the first month, and 18-34% quit smoking at the end of six months.

Courage to Quit classes cover:
  • addiction and withdrawal
  • quit smoking medicines
  • managing cravings
  • avoiding triggers
  • health benefits of quitting
  • free quitting resources


The program is based on the work of Andrea King, PhD, a faculty member at the University of Chicago. Dr. King is a licensed psychologist with a research background in tobacco and other addictions. More information about Dr. King can be found here.

Ongoing Programs

Courage to Quit: Beloved Community Family Wellness Center

Location: 6821 S. Halsted Street, Chicago
Dates/Times: Wednesdays from October 2 to November 6.
Fee: Free
For more information and registration: Must register in-person or by phone prior to start. Call (773) 651-3629 and leave your name, address and telephone number.

Courage to Quit: DuPage County Health Department

Location: DuPage County Health Department, 111 N Count Farm Rd, Wheaton, IL 60187
Dates/Time: Wednesdays, May 7, 14, 21 and 28, and June 4 and 18, from 12-1 p.m. or 4-5 p.m.
Fee: Free
Registration: Call Pat Carey at (630) 384-8218 or Elise Schram at (630) 221-7075

Courage To Quit: Village of Niles

Location: 999 Civic Center Drive, Niles, IL 60714
Dates/Time: Ongoing individual and group programs. Please call to register.
Fee: Free - Programs for Niles residents only
For more information and registration: Call (847) 588-8442 to speak with Brigitte Powidzki. 

Courage to Quit: Northwest Community Hospital

Group Programming

Location: Northwest Community Hospital Community Wellness Center, 900 West Central, Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Dates/Time: 1st, 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month, 12:15-1:15 p.m. or 6-7 p.m. 
Fee: $35
For more information and registration: Call (847) 618-4968 or visit http://www.nch.org/smokefree/

Support Group

Location: Northwest Community Hospital Community Wellness Center, 900 West Central, Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Dates/Time: Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m. and Wednesdays at 5 p.m.
Fee: Free
For more information:
Call Mary McNally, RN, at (847) 618-7992 or Juli Aistars, RN, APN, at (847) 618-6572

Individual Programming

Locations:
Northwest Community Hospital Wellness Center, 900 W. Central, Arlington Heights, IL  60005
or Northwest Community Hospital – Main Hospital, 800 W. Central, Arlington Heights, IL  60005
Dates/Time: By appointment 

Fee: Sliding scale up to $35

Registration: Visit website at www.nch.org or call (847) 618-7992

Courage to Quit: Skokie Health Department

Group Programming

Location: Skokie Village Hall, 5127 W Oakton St., Skokie, IL 60077 (lower level)
Dates/Time: Mondays at 7 p.m.: June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and July 14
Fee: $15 non-refundable fee
Registration: Registration is required. Call (847) 933-8252

Support Group

Location: Skokie Village Hall, 5127 W Oakton St., Skokie, IL 60077 (lower level)
Dates/Time: Mondays 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee: Free
For More Information: Call (847) 933-8252

Courage to Quit: Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center

Location: 8324 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL, 60077
Dates/Times: Wednesdays, 6:15 p.m. (Starts 4/9/2014, Ends 5/21/2014)
Fee: $16 per session
Registration: Call (847) 933-0051 x 432 and leave a name, number and preferred call back time.

Courage to Quit: University of Chicago

Location: Department of Psychiatry, 5841 S. Maryland Ave. Chicago, IL
Dates/Time: Ongoing individual and group programs. Please call to schedule an appointment.
Fee: Up to $120 for six sessions based on sliding scale rates
Registration: Call (773) 702-6181 to speak with Dr. Andrea King to schedule your appointment.

More information

Become a Courage to Quit program leader

For more information, contact Emily Zadikoff:
Email Emily
(312) 229-6186