Cognitive behavioral therapy improves the success rate of smokers who are ready to quit. Behavioral interventions include individual face-to-face, group, as well as telephone and on-line support. Your patient’s insurance company may have resources for cessation counseling. Encourage them to call their behavioral health resource to find out what is covered by their plan.
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facts
- When individuals receive treatment for nicotine dependence, alcohol, and other drugs at the same time, they increase the chances of long-term abstinence from alcohol and other drugs by up to 25% (source: smoking cessation leadership UCSF)
- Smoking can complicate treatment by increasing the metabolism of certain psychiatric medications, resulting in the need for higher doses to get the same therapeutic benefit. (source: https://www.psychiatry.org/news-room/apa-blogs/apa-blog/2016/06/smoking-and-mental-health-five-things-every-psychiatrist-should-know)
- Persons with mental illnesses and/or substance use disorders want to quit smoking and want information on cessation services and resources. (Morris CD, Giese JJ, Dickinson M, Johnson-Nagel N. 2006; Sullivan MA, Covey LS. 2002).
- Evidence suggests that quitting smoking is associated with mental health benefits, including reductions in depression and anxiety and lower rates of re-hospitalization and suicide. (Morris CD, Giese JJ, Dickinson M, Johnson-Nagel N. 2006; Sullivan MA, Covey LS. 2002).
Education and Prevention
ASPIRE is a free, bilingual, online tobacco prevention and cessation curriculum for teens. It was developed by the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The interactive tool explains the dangers of tobacco and nicotine use, so teens never use tobacco products. Or, if they already do, ASPIRE provides information and ways to quit.
All Utah schools and peer courts can access ASPIRE under a memorandum of understanding with MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Utah Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Control Program. Contact your local health department for more information or to enroll your school or contact Christal Dent.
ASPIRE is one option for evidence-based prevention education programs. Some local health departments may have additional programs.
Free Telephone Counseling
Utah Tobacco Quit Line
Free Online Counseling
Smokefree Teen helps youth stop using tobacco by providing information grounded in scientific evidence and offering free tools on their mobile phones. The text messaging program can help youth quit smoking, and the quitSTART app helps them become smokefree by providing helpful strategies for tackling cravings, bad moods, and other situations. teen.smokefree.gov
My Life My Quit is a free and confidential way to help teens quit smoking or vaping. You’ll get support over phone, text, or online chat; five individual coaching sessions; and education and support designed for teens.
Text “Start My Quit” to 855.891.9989 or visit MyLifeMyQuit.com to get started.
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