According to Medical Daily and a review of research conducted at UC San Francisco, individuals who are being treated for an addiction are 2-3 times more likely than those who aren’t to be using tobacco. It was stated that the overall smoking rate of people in addiction treatment programs is 84% – an extremely high number that presents another addiction issue. As emphasized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), long-term smoking harms nearly every organ in the body; smoking causes a greater risk of stroke and coronary heart disease, damage to blood vessels, lung cancer, and cancer in just about any area of your body. If you’re currently in recovery for addiction but are finding it difficult to cease smoking, a recent study explains why.
A 2016 study published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment sought to explore common barriers and facilitators of smoking for individuals in addiction recovery treatment centers; 24 centers were recruited, and researchers from California phone interviewed program directors to discover themes regarding helping clients to quit smoking while in recovery. Common barriers that served as themes to the study included:
- Smoking culture – smoking is often overlooked at treatment centers, and clients often don’t consider it a problem, so it’s more difficult for individuals to quit when there is an overarching culture of smoking.
- Client resistance – many directors reported their clients saying they’d like to wait until they get their initial addiction recovery under control before ceasing smoking.
- Lack of resources – several of these treatment centers didn’t receive financial support to buy nicotine patches, for example, which made it more difficult to convince clients to stop smoking when resources were not available.
- Staff smoking – many staff members who smoked were seen as a heavy influence on clients at many of these treatment centers; when they see smoking considered a norm, it’s more difficult for them to stop.
- Environmental barriers – some of the centers’ physical layouts seemed to facilitate use of smoking, such as “smoking shelters” if it were raining heavily outside.
Despite these barriers, there are still many people who choose to stop smoking during their recovery. If you’re having difficulty quitting smoking, consider the factors mentioned above. Are you currently experiencing any of these at your treatment center? Talk with someone about the concerns that you have and make suggestions that could better your treatment center or community center to make it easier to quit. You might just help others stop as well.
If you’re ready to overcome addiction, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center to learn more about several types of programs and which one may be right for you. It’s never too late to seek the help you need.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.