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Can You Smoke Cigarettes in Rehab?

Can You Smoke Cigarettes in Rehab? | Just Believe Recovery PA

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The Answer Is Yes In Most States Including Pennsylvania and Florida

There Is No National Law Regarding Smoking In Inpatient Addiction Rehab Facilities. However, state laws may apply, which means the rules vary depending on the location of the addiction treatment center.

Research has found that 60 percent of all U.S. treatment centers altogether prohibited smoking. Here at Just Believe Recovery although we don’t encourage smoking cigarettes, we are very realistic about it. We provide designated areas and times for smoking cigarettes in rehab. For some, quitting smoking is a potentially formidable battle to fight following rehab treatment. Moreover, many decide to first get on the road to recovery and then battle their addiction to tobacco.

New York Has Banned Smoking Cigarettes In Rehabs.

Smoking cigarettes in New York treatment centers is not permitted. In 2008, publicly-funded substance abuse treatment facilities were prohibited from allowing smoking to reduce addictive behaviors. This ban didn’t go according to plan, however. In fact, around 41 percent of smokers didn’t smoke during their time in treatment, but still, only a fraction of them remained abstinent from tobacco following treatment.

Considering a drug and alcohol addiction rehab in Pennsylvania is an option for New York residents seeking to smoke cigarettes or use other nicotine products while in a residential rehab center for drug or alcohol addiction.

Among patients in rehab programs for drug abuse and addiction (also known as substance use disorders or SUDs), as many as 97 percent also use tobacco. Although the health risks of smoking cigarettes are well known, many smokers who enter drug treatment are not offered resources to help them quit tobacco use.

There are relatively few treatment programs that address smoking despite nicotine being considered extremely addictive. There are three central beliefs used to justify not combining anti-smoking efforts with drug and alcohol treatment. These include the following:

  • Smokers in drug treatment cannot quit successfully, so anti-smoking therapies are a waste of time, resources, and effort.
  • Smoking poses less of a risk to people in recovery than other drugs.
  • Trying to stop smoking and quit other drugs at the same time will be too challenging and hurt patients’ chances of getting sober.

More recently, research into the connections between smoking and drug treatment has challenged these conventional views and suggests that there are benefits to treating tobacco addiction in conjunction with a substance use disorder. As a result, anti-smoking services have been made increasingly available in more drug rehab centers.

Can People in Drug and Alcohol Rehab Treatment Quit Smoking Successfully?

Can You Smoke Cigarettes in Rehab? | Just Believe Recovery PA

Surveys have shown that up to 80 percent of smokers who enter addiction treatment do want to quit using tobacco as well. Most patients in treatment believe it is better to quit within six months of stopping drugs rather than waiting until later.

Clearly, individuals in addiction recovery are willing to quit smoking, but the science is more mixed when it comes to the success rates of those attempting to do so. However, it does appear that quitting smoking is at least possible for many patients in drug treatment, and more importantly, there is a lot of motivation among these individuals to do so.

Can you Stop Smoking and Go Through Rehab and Addiction Treatment

There is some evidence that banning tobacco can adversely impact recovery. One study found that implementing tobacco bans resulted in a higher risk of an individual dropping out of treatment. In Ohio, a treatment facility found this out for themselves—before implementing a tobacco-free policy (for patients and staff), their treatment completion rate was 70 percent. After the ban was put into effect, the percentage dropped to 42 percent.

People considering residential treatment for substance abuse addiction face difficult choices. Whether or not to also stop smoking doesn’t have to be one. That’s why Just Believe Recovery allows cigarettes and other nicotine products at all of our facilities in designated locations during specific times. And we are just a short driving distance from New York.

If You Choose to Stop Smoking in Recovery

For those who choose to stop smoking or discontinue other nicotine products while inside residential rehab, Just Believe Recovery offers help. In our programs, we provide patient-specific solutions for smoking cessation at our inpatient facilities, such as nicotine patches and other medical smoking cessation remedies.

For patients looking to quit, we also offer helpful education about smoking cessation to foster sustainable habit change. Taking advantage of our full continuum of care, beginning in residential rehab, transitioning to intensive outpatient rehab, and ending with alumni events, you will receive the support you need every step of the way!

We Believe Recovery Is Possible For Everyone.
If you or a loved one needs help with substance abuse and/or treatment, please contact Just Believe Recovery PA at (888) 380-0342. Our specialists can assess your needs and help you get the treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.
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