Smoke Screens

  Bill White recently posted on tobacco use in recovery. He's been way ahead of the field on this and challenges not only treatment providers, but recovering people as well:   People in recovery are dying from smoking-related diseases in large numbers, but they are also dying from conceptual blindness:  the failure to see the … Continue reading Smoke Screens

What what?

A new study looking at the comparative effectiveness of various coping skills for dealing with urges to drink in preventing relapse reports some counter-intuitive findings [emphasis mine]: ...relying on going to a meeting or talking to a sponsor or counselor when experiencing an urge was not correlated with improved drinking outcomes. and Ineffective skills in this population … Continue reading What what?

Quitting Smoking and Anxiety

  A recent study finds that quitting smoking reduces anxiety:   The study followed 491 smokers attending NHS smoking cessation clinics in England. All participants were given a nicotine patch and attended eight weekly appointments. Of the sample, 21.6% (106 people) had a diagnosed mental health problem, primarily mood and anxiety disorders. All participants were assessed for … Continue reading Quitting Smoking and Anxiety

Smoking cessation in treatment

Looks like we still have a lot to learn about helping alcoholics and drug addicts quit smoking, but intensive smoking cessation interventions do not appear to do harm: The intensive smoking cessation intervention yielded a higher short-term smoking quit rate without jeopardizing sobriety.

Nicotine replacement ineffective

A recent study found nicotine replacement ineffective: In the prospective cohort study the researchers, including lead author Hillel Alpert, research scientist at HSPH, and co-author Lois Biener of the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Center for Survey Research, followed 787 adult smokers in Massachusetts who had recently quit smoking. The participants were surveyed over three time … Continue reading Nicotine replacement ineffective