What is the most under-diagnosed addiction? It kills more than 5 million people per year and arguably has more devastating health consequences than any other drug. Some will tell you that it is the hardest to quit.
Statistics say that smoking is down in the general population, yet rates of tobacco use ranges from 65-97% in consumers of substance use treatment programs. In fact nicotine use is widely over-looked during substance abuse treatment and the attitude seems to be that if you are giving up your other addictions, clients should be allowed to continue smoking. The implicit message is that clients can only deal with one addiction at a time, although individuals seeking treatment routinely quit more than one substance at one time (Mee-Lee D, Shulman GD, Fishman MJ, Gastfriend DR, Miller MM).
What most people don’t know is that new research is showing that smoking cessation is correlated with better long-term abstinence outcomes. Two studies show that those who quit smoking in conjunction with abstinence from other drugs and alcohol have better success at staying sober. Something to consider for all of our motivated clients!
If you are interested in smoking cessation please ask one of our clinicians. There are many options available and we are happy to help meet your needs.
Leslie Sanders, Psy.D.
AToN Center 858-535-1516