The Tobacco Treatment Program offers an intensive approach with the aim of eliminating the use of cigarettes and other tobacco products entirely. Our program is three-fold, combining counseling, tobacco cessation, and behavior modification. The first stage encompasses an individual assessment, where certified tobacco treatment counselors discuss tobacco usage with patients. From there, the tobacco treatment specialists develop a plan of treatment, recommend nicotine replacement therapy (patch, gum or lozenge), and discuss the potential use of Wellbutrin (prescription drug therapy.
The second stage involves a series of six group sessions, held once per week for six weeks. Each session helps the patient take the steps needed to overcome their tobacco addiction and work towards eliminating it from their lives. The first week involves a group counseling session where groups of patients discuss the treatment plan, break the patterns of addiction, and plan for the coming week. During week two, patients review the previous week and, with the group, discuss trigger situations that motivate tobacco use. In weeks three through five, patients report on the previous week’s experiences, discuss any problems, and recommit to success in the program. In the sixth and final week, patients review their accomplishments, celebrate their success, talk about follow-up care, and discuss reduction in nicotine replacement therapy.
Once the six weeks of group therapy are completed, program specialists work with patients on an ongoing basis to ensure their success. Our tobacco treatment specialists will schedule follow-up phone calls with each client.