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The Need to Incorporate Smoking Cessation into Behavioral Health Treatment.

Thursday, February 8, 2018  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Compton W.
The Need to Incorporate Smoking Cessation into Behavioral Health Treatment.
Am J Addict. 2018 Jan;27(1):42-43. doi: 10.1111/ajad.12670.
 
Historically, providers have viewed addressing cigarette use among people receiving behavioral health treatment as a low priority due to concerns that it could interfere with treatment for other psychiatric disorders. Since the 1980s, for example, many psychiatrists have accepted that individuals with schizophrenia smoke to obtain a degree of relief from symptoms such as poor concentration, low mood and stress, and that this self-medication accounts for their greater tobacco use. But research is increasingly challenging the notion that smoking cessation is somehow a trade-off with effective psychiatric treatment. Smoking is associated with worse behavioral outcomes in people with mental illness and addressing smoking in this population shows clear benefits.


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