The relationship between tobacco and drug use is starting to surface and the findings demonstrate the importance of offering smoking cessation support to your teams if you’re an AOD provider.

Did you know?
Smoking tobacco causes more deaths among patients in substance abuse treatment than the substance that brought them to treatment.

Having a smoke-free workplace is the first step toward integrating smoking cessation into your substance abuse treatment program.

The long-held belief that AOD patients can’t quit smoking without hindering treatment has been dispelled by a recent National Institutes of Health study about tobacco addiction among substance abuse patients. In a study released in December of 2013, the NIH shared comments from National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Director Dr. Nora D. Volkow who said, “..treating their tobacco addiction may not only reduce the negative health consequences associated with smoking, but could also potentially improve substance use disorder treatment outcomes.”  Read more about the study.

SAMHSA also issued an Advisory on “Tobacco Use Cessation During Substance Abuse Treatment Counseling”, including findings that “Clients entering treatment for a substance use disorder (SUD) are more likely to be dependent on nicotine that are members of the general public.  Seventy-five percent of people ages 12 and older who received substance abuse treatment at a specialty facility in the past year reported smoking cigarettes in the past month, compared with 24 percent of the general population.”  They recommend that clients be asked about their tobacco use whenever their SUD treatment plan is reviewed. Clients who do not want to quit smoking should be reassessed periodically to determine whether their readiness to quit has changed.

So how do you get started?

NCADD Sacramento will host a Free Leading Edge Luncheon on March 26 to provide helpful information for AOD and Healthcare providers on this topic.  Our guest will be health educator Brian Shaw, MPH, CHES, CPH, and 1.5 CEU’s will be available for recovery specialists ($10 charge).

Click here for more details and to RSVP.

You will learn:

  • Emerging Importance of Addressing Tobacco Cessation
  • Spectrum of Tobacco Health Impacts on Families & Individuals
  • Tool Kit for Smoking Cessation Integration Into the Workplace
  • Challenges to Starting a Tobacco Cessation Program in Alcohol/Drug Treatment Settings
  • Impact of Smoking on the Addiction Population
  • Community Resources
Recently, Washington Post Opinion Writer Richard Cohen announced that despite marijuana becoming legal in a few states, he would never engage, but for a reason you wouldn’t expect. He was concerned smoking marijuana would lead him back to smoking cigarettes. And he knew that could kill him. Read the entire article.