People in substance abuse treatment are more likely than the general public to use tobacco products.1 They are also more likely to be dependent on nicotine, the addictive substance in tobacco.1 Smoking tobacco causes more deaths among people in treatment than use of alcohol or drugs.1
The National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS) is a survey of all known substance abuse treatment facilities in the United States. In 2012, nearly half of facilities (46 percent) offered any counseling or medications to help clients quit tobacco use. About 39 percent of facilities offered counseling, 22 percent offered nicotine replacement medication, and 16 percent offered non-nicotine medication.
Substance abuse treatment providers can play a vital role in helping clients quit tobacco use. To fulfill this role, more providers should consider adding services such as tobacco use screens, counseling, and medications to help clients quit tobacco use. They can also encourage clients to use quitlines (1-800-QUIT NOW) and online resources such as http://smokefree.gov/.2 For more information about quitting tobacco use during substance abuse treatment, please see https://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content/SMA11-4636CLIN/SMA11-4636CLIN.pdf.
|Services Offered||Percent of Facilities|
|Any Counseling or Medication||46%|
|Counseling to Quit Smoking||39%|
|Nicotine Replacement Medication||22%|