Pennsylvanians who enter into recovery from mental and substance use disorders deserve the best care possible. Over the years, we’ve learned that people who are provided evidenced-based tobacco interventions while in behavioral health services have better overall treatment outcomes compared with those who do not.
Despite this understanding, tobacco use is often overlooked in the treatment setting. We believe that outdated ways of thinking about tobacco are no longer acceptable.
The basis of all recovery is hope and a belief that our current circumstances can be improved, managed and overcome. Learning tobacco-free coping skills is safe, achievable, improves physical and mental health, and aids long-term recovery.
It’s time to change the way our behavioral health system handles tobacco.