Substance use disorders and cigarette addiction commonly co-occur. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), reports of past-month smoking are three times higher among people in addiction treatment than in the general population.
Nicotine cessation programs in addiction treatment tackle the substance and the cigarette addiction at the same time. There is a common idea that people should focus on one thing at a time, because trying to quit smoking while getting sober could be overwhelming. However, quitting smoking in early sobriety has been proven effective.
Smoking cessation programs increase the likelihood of abstinence from drugs and alcohol by 25% at 6 and 12 months. A study of 1,185 people in addiction treatment found that quitting smoking in the first year of sobriety predicted recovery status 9 years later; this was true regardless of length of treatment stay.
Nicotine cessation programs don’t just help with sobriety, but are effective in helping people quit smoking over trying to quit on one’s own. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Research indicates that smokers who receive a combination of behavioral treatment and cessation medications quit at higher rates than those who receive minimal intervention.”
Despite this research, less than half of addiction treatment centers offer help for quitting smoking. Amatus Recovery Centers can now count itself among the less than half of addiction treatment organizations offering nicotine cessation programs. If you are interested in kicking all the substances holding you back, we can help you.
Amatus Recovery Centers offers high-quality treatment for addiction and mental health disorders in facilities across the country. Our staff—many of whom are in recovery themselves—will empower to cope with stress without using substances. To learn more, call an admissions specialist at 410-593-0005.