Addiction Recovery

Public Tobacco Cessation Community Groups

Quitting smoking and other addictions is more successful with support. Public tobacco cessation support groups are offered at the People’s Place Community Center in Gardner, MA and in the Briggs Conference Room in Athol, MA.

On-site Tobacco Cessation Classes

Professionally facilitated classes at your location bring a high-value and life-changing resource to the people you care about. Workbooks and interactive teaching materials give every smoker a chance to develop their unique Quit Plan.

Groups are always offered without cost to participants – no cost, no co-pay, no insurance requirements.

QuittersWin Core Beliefs and Group Guidelines:

  • Everyone in the community has something to learn from everyone on the community and everyone in the community has something to teach to everyone in the community.
  • No one in the community is as strong, wise, brave, or capable as everyone in the community.
  • Out of respect for all speakers and all listeners we limit talking to one member at a time.
  • Because we understand that our human condition can lead us to hold untruths and cause our perceptions to be skewed, we make every effort to keep our minds open and honestly consider other explanations for things we think we “know.”
  • Out of this diversity of understanding, we hope to discern ultimate truth for the good of all, without need to hold unhelpful or unhealthy beliefs out of some motive of ego.
  • As each of us attains our noble goals, all of us grow stronger, wiser, and more capable.
  • In spite of our individual imperfections, diverse experiences, and past failures, as a community we hold confidently to the certainty that freedom from addiction is possible and is, in fact, close at hand!


Quitting smoking or any other unhealthy relationship with a substance is more successful with support.



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W. H. E. N.

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