Nicotine, which is found in all tobacco products, is the most addictive and deadly substance of all. While smoking rates have dropped dramatically over the years, nearly 20% of adults continue to use tobacco products on a regular basis, and tobacco related illnesses remain by far the single greatest cause of disease and death in the United States.
Despite all the evidence, tobacco use continues to be viewed as somehow less harmful than other more stigmatized addictions. The tobacco industry has been hugely successful in purveying this myth and promoting their interests, and let's face it; they've got a very effective product to market. Cigarettes are an inexpensive, legal, and easy way to self medicate depression or anxiety, they don't impair functioning (they can actually increase productivity and concentration) and they usually don't kill their victims young.
Like any other chronic substance use disorder, however, smoking and other tobacco addictions create more problems than they solve as they progressively begin to control decision making, affect relationships, and slowly debilitate health and functionality.
No one needs to quit "cold turkey" anymore, but the use of cessation aids alone are often not enough to prevent a relapse. Our short-term program is based on best practice research that shows behavioral counseling and support along with the effective use of prescription and over the counter cessation products can greatly improve long-term success. Our services are provided by a multi-disciplinary team of medical and behavioral health professionals specially trained in tobacco cessation.