Thursday, May 4, 2017

Smokers have harder time staying of drugs after rehab

Researchers at the department of epidemiology at Columbia University's School of Public Health looked at just under 35,000 adults enrolled in the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions.
The data showed the following relapse rates:

  • 11% Smokers at the start of treatment, and continued to smoke during treatment.
  • 8% Individual that quit smoking during treatment
  • 6.5% Non smokers
The study authors point to the importance of adding tobacco treatment along side illicit drug treatment. 
"Quitting smoking will improve anyone's health," says lead author Andrea Weinberger, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. "But our study shows that giving up cigarettes may be even more important for adults in recovery from illicit substance use disorders since it may help them stay sober.”

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