IMPLEMENTING TOBACCO CESSATION PROGRAMS IN SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER TREATMENT SETTINGS
A QUICK GUIDE FOR PROGRAM DIRECTORS AND CLINICIANS
Why Combine Smoking Cessation and Substance Use Disorder Treatment?
● Quitting smoking increases the odds of long-term recovery, whereas continued smoking following treatment increases the likelihood of relapse to substance use.
● Tobacco cessation can have mental health benefits.
● Quitting smoking at any age has physical health benefits that begin almost immediately and continue for years.
● Quitting smoking can increase clients’ sense of mastery, helping them focus on a positive lifestyle.
Do you work in a substance use disorder treatment setting, such as an opioid treatment program, a residential treatment program, or an outpatient treatment program?
Do you want to take action to reduce the use of tobacco products and resulting tobacco related diseases among your clients with substance use disorders (SUDs)?
If you answered yes to these two questions, this guide can help you implement a tobacco cessation program for clients. This objective will require staff time and resources, and it may require a culture shift within your agency.