About Tobacco


Why is the addictions treatment field ignoring tobacco?

Tobacco Use Cessation Policies in Substance Abuse Treatment: Administrative Issues

Source: www.atforum.com

Author: SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

Synopsis: This Advisoryprovides substance use disorder (SUD) treatment program administrators with a brief introduction to implementing tobacco-free policies and practices in treatment settings.

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Addressing Tobacco Dependency in Women’s Substance Use Treatment

Source: knowledgex.camh.net(Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)

Author: Gail Malmo

Synopsis: The author examines some of the reasons why tobacco dependence must be treated along with alcohol and other drug dependencies.

“It is surely paradoxical that as substance use treatment professionals, whose discipline requires us to treat denial in others,we are ourselves in denial about our professional obligation to treat tobacco dependency."

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Smoking and Addiction Recovery II: For Addiction Professionals

Source: www.williamwhitepapers.com

Author: William L. White

Synopsis: In part 2 of a two part paper series, the author summarizes what the research of recent decades has concluded about nicotine addiction within the context of specialty-sector addiction treatment in the United States.

“For decades, people in recovery from addictions to other drugs have had their lives cut short by tobacco-related diseases. These dear friends, patients, and colleagues died from nicotine addiction, but it could also be said they died from blindness—the failure to see nicotine as an addictive drug and the failure to see smoking cessation within the rubric of addiction recovery. For years, such casualties could be written off to the lack of knowledge about smoking and health and the lack of knowledge about the effects of smoking on recovery from other addictions. That simply is no longer the case. Science has weighed in on these issues and the findings are excruciatingly clear."

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Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Use by Addictions Professionals: Historical Reflections and Suggested Guidelines

Source: www.williamwhitepapers.com

Author: William L. White

Synopsis: This essay reviews the history of ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug) use as a professional practice issue in the addictions field; discusses clinical, ethical, and legal issues related to ATOD use by addiction service professionals; and offers guidance on ATOD use decision-making.

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Barriers and solutions to addressing tobacco dependence in addiction treatment programs

Source: www.thefreelibrary.com

Author: Ziedonis, Douglas M.; Guydish, Joseph; Williams, Jill; Steinberg, Marc; Foulds, Jonathan

Synopsis: Despite the high prevalence of tobacco use among people with substance use disorders, tobacco dependence is often overlooked in addiction treatment programs. Several studies and a meta-analytic review have concluded that patients who receive tobacco dependence treatment during addiction treatment have better overall substance abuse treatment outcomes compared with those who do not. Barriers that contribute to the lack of attention given to this important problem include staff attitudes about and use of tobacco, lack of adequate staff training to address tobacco use, unfounded fears among treatment staff and administration regarding tobacco policies, and limited tobacco dependence treatment resources.

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