According to a 2015 study involving 37,364 patients from 20 different countries around the world, people in addiction recovery treatment are two to three times the rate of those who are not in treatment to smoke cigarettes. In addition, those in recovery from opioid addiction were more likely to smoke cigarettes than those recovering from alcoholism. Smoking is quite prevalent, with Medical Daily stating that the overall rate of smoking among those in addiction recovery is 84%. If you’re currently in recovery from an addiction, you may be thinking to yourself, “So what? I’m stopping the main drug that caused me problems, and cigarettes will help me to get through this”. You may even be thinking to yourself that there is no way you will be able to stop a certain addiction and smoking – that it will all be too much. The truth is that smoking does affect your recovery, and it’s best to try and quit early.
Previous studies have shown that the death rate of those smoking in addiction recovery is more than four times greater than those who do not; individuals who are recovering from alcoholism and smoke report lower mental and physical health than those who do not. When you smoke, you may behave in a comparable way to what you might have done with other substances, which isn’t good for your recovery. For example, in the past, you may have turned to substance abuse to deal with feelings of anger or sadness rather than speak with someone or engage in healthy coping mechanisms. With cigarettes you may do the same thing – instead of listening to music, reading a book, or speaking with you therapist when you’re upset, you may turn to your cigarettes – ultimately promoting those same unhealthy behaviors you’re trying to put an end to.
If you’re thinking of cutting down or stopping smoking, there are a variety of effective ways that your treatment center can be a part of. A 2015 study published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research sought to explore successful smoking cessation interventions and found the following to be very effective:
- Nicotine patches
- Nicotine gum
- Counseling, contingency management, and relapse prevention
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) plus nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)
- Combined bupropion, NRT, counseling and contingency management
These interventions were shown to be effective at increasing smoking abstinence by 6 months. Make the decision to stop smoking today – it could be better for your happiness, your health, and your recovery. Speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today to learn about what could work best for you.
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.