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Addictions Facilities Going Tobacco Free

Enforced abstinence from tobacco during in-patient dual-diagnosis treatment improves substance abuse treatment outcomes in smokers

Source: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed

Author: Stuyt, E.B.

Synopsis: Although the prevalence of tobacco use in those in substance abuse treatment is known to be quite high, most treatment programs do not address tobacco. This study demonstrates that tobacco use is correlated with relapse and addressing tobacco in treatment as seriously as and in the same fashion as other drugs, improves outcomes.

“When provided with a tobacco free treatment environment for 90 days, patients with substance abuse and mental illness can and do make the decision to quit tobacco and stay quit, aiding their ability to remain sober."

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Integrating Tobacco Dependence Treatment and Tobacco-Free Standards Into Addiction Treatment: New Jersey’s Experience

Source: pubs.niaaa.nih.gov

Author: Jonathan Foulds, Ph.D.; Jill Williams, M.D.; Bernice Order-Connors, L.C.S.W.; Nancy Edwards, L.C.A.D.C.; Martha Dwyer; Anna Kline, Ph.D.; and Douglas M. Ziedonis, M.D., M.P.H.

Synopsis: “New Jersey was the first State to require that all residential addiction treatment programs assess and treat patients for tobacco dependence and maintain tobacco-free facilities (including grounds). An evaluation of this policy change found that tobacco dependence treatment can be successfully integrated into residential substance abuse treatment programs through policy regulation, training, and the provision of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) (Williams et al. 2005). Many other addiction treatment agencies (both residential and outpatient) around the country now have implemented or are planning to implement similar policies to ensure that their patients receive appropriate assessment and treatment of their tobacco dependence while receiving treatment for addiction to other substances. This paper aims to summarize the lessons learned from the experience in New Jersey."

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An Addiction Treatment Campus Goes Tobacco-Free: Lessons learned

Source: www.addictionpro.com

Author: Brian Coon

Synopsis: In this article the author recounts the journey and lessons learned from his treatment centre, Pavillon, going tobacco-free.

‘We often are asked, “How has it gone? Are people accepting a tobacco-free model of treatment?" The answer is simple. We have learned that identified patients, family members and program staff alike naturally understand and give their overall support to a program focused on total recovery….Pavillon officially became a tobacco-free campus on Feb. 4, 2013. Our admissions have not decreased as a result.'

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Treating Tobacco Dependence in the Addictions Setting - The Aurora Centre’s Experience

Source: www.heretohelp.bc.ca

Author: Brian Coon

Author: Gail Malmo

Synopsis: The author recounts the experience of the Aurora Centre in BC, Canada, a residential and outpatient treatment centre for women with substance use problems, which became tobacco-free On May 15, 2006. This means that their clients are not allowed to smoke for the duration of their treatment stay, either on or off the property. It also means that their clients receive tobacco dependence treatment alongside their treatment for other drugs and alcohol.

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