University of Chicago Medicine (UCM)
Stop Smoking Programs and Resources

The University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) is dedicated to helping patients, staff, and the community to meet individual stop smoking goals. The Courage to Quit® program has helped hundreds of people around the Chicago area quit smoking. See below for more about the program and contact information.

  Courage to Quit ®

Led by Andrea King, PhD, Daniel Fridberg, PhD, and Ethan Israelsohn, LCSW, the Courage to Quit® program can help you become smoke-free. The program offers group counseling to help participants learn how to manage cravings, cope with triggers, and learn relapse prevention and stress reduction skills. Participants who complete the group program and need additional help quitting may qualify for individual counseling.

Located within the Center for Supportive Oncology in the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM) Suite 6F at the University of Chicago Medicine.
-5758 S Maryland Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

The program meets twice weekly on Mondays at 11:45 am and Fridays at 8:45 am. Participants in the program may attend either or both weekly groups. The program lasts approximately 5 weeks. Call the contact number below to find out more information on group times and availability. Individual sessions are available for those participants who complete the group and would like additional assistance quitting smoking, depending on counselor availability.  

Insurance only - Accepts most PPO insurance plans (no HMO), Medicare, & Medicaid

Contact and Registration

For more information, or to register for Courage to Quit ®, please call the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscienceat the University of Chicago Medicine: 773-702-3858

 Our Team

Andrea King, Ph.D.
Dr. King is a Professor of Psychiatry and a licensed clinical psychologist. She has expertise in treating tobacco dependence and other substance use disorders and developed the original Courage to Quit™ program in 2007.

Daniel Fridberg, Ph.D.
Dr. Fridberg is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and a licensed clinical psychologist. He provides psychotherapy for smoking cessation, substance abuse, impulse control disorders, depression, and anxiety.

Ethan Israelsohn, LCSW
Mr. Israelsohn is a licensed clinical social worker and tobacco treatment specialist in the Asthma and COPD Center at the University of Chicago. He has over 15 years of experience helping patients quit smoking.

Jon E. Grant, M.D., J.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Grant is a Professor of Psychiatry and a board-certified psychiatrist. He has expertise in pharmacotherapy and behavioral therapy for chemical and behavioral addictions. Dr. Grant has extensive experience in medication management of tobacco dependence.



Additional Resources

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