Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Quiting smoking at same time as alcohol brings best outcomes

Reuters HealthDay reported on October 24, 2008 on a study in the current issue of the journal, Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research which found that people being treated for alcoholism who also gave us smoking achieved better results. Here is a snippet from the article:

Overcoming alcoholism is tough enough. That's one reason many alcoholics who smoke continue to light up even while they're in recovery from alcohol dependency.

But new research suggests that tackling both addictions simultaneously may offer the best chance of success.

Recovering alcoholics often admit they're using nicotine as a drug, said Dr. Michael M. Miller, president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Alcoholics smoke at rates 4 and 5 times the general population.

Here at GCASA we have been offering smoking cessation treatment for our clients who smoke for the last 3 years. Research shows that about 15% of smokers in substance abuse treament will successfully stop smoking.

You can access the HealthDay article by clicking here.

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