Tobacco Cessation and Recovery From Addiction

Tobacco Cessation and Recovery From Addiction

(presentation date April 28, 2015)

Course Description

People in recovery from substance use disorders often face challenges in also recovering from nicotine dependence. Despite downward trends in the prevalence of tobacco use in the general population, tobacco use remains a significant problem among people with alcohol/other drug addiction. People with alcohol/other drug addiction tend to start smoking at a younger age, smoke more heavily, and have a harder time quitting tobacco use than other tobacco users. Continued tobacco use by people in recovery from alcohol/other drug addiction jeopardizes recovery as well as overall health; concurrent tobacco cessation has positive effects on recovery and in reducing relapse rates. This program will describe the prevalence of tobacco addiction among people with alcohol and other drug addictions, the relationship between tobacco use and recovery, information on tobacco cessation techniques targeted to people with alcohol/other drug addiction, and suggestions for implementation of tobacco cessation support by addiction treatment programs.

Goals

The goals of this program are to provide participants with an understanding of the association between tobacco use and alcohol/other drug addiction, and the relationship between tobacco cessation and recovery from alcohol/other drug addiction.

Objectives

After completing this program participants will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. State one of more facts about the prevalence of tobacco use among people with alcohol/other drug addiction, and two or more ways in which patterns of tobacco use among people with alcohol/other drugs addiction differ from the general population of tobacco users.
  2. Describe two or more ways in which tobacco cessation impacts recovery from alcohol/other drug addiction.
  3. Describe five or more techniques for tobacco cessation that may be helpful for people with alcohol/other drug addiction.

About the Presenters

Anna Byberg, LMSW, CAADC; Program Coordinator for the Dawn Farm Spera Recovery Center; and Aaron Suganuma, MSW.

Anna Byberg is the Program Coordinator for the Dawn Farm Spera Recovery Center. Anna has worked with Dawn Farm since 2005, initially as a counselor at Dawn Farm Detox, then as Dawn Farm’s Project Manager and now as the coordinator of the Dawn Farm Spera Recovery Center. As a member of Dawn Farm’s smoking cessation committee Anna was instrumental in implementing smoking cessation support for Dawn Farm clients. Anna obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree from the University of Michigan – Dearborn in December 2001 and her Master of Social Work degree from Eastern Michigan University in April, 2012.

Aaron Suganuma, (left) recieving the Evans-Strand Diversity Scholarship Award

Aaron Suganuma interned and worked as a BSW-level residential therapist at Dawn Farm from September 2012 until August of 2014. As a part of Aaron’s role at Dawn Farm, he facilitated and helped to develop the curriculum for Dawn Farm’s Wellness in Recovery and Transitional Phase/Employment groups. He was also a member of Dawn Farm’s Tobacco Cessation team. Aaron graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University in 2013 and in April 2015 completed the MSW program there with a concentration in mental illness and chemical dependency. His eight month field placement was at the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital-Ann Arbor Adult Partial Hospitalization Program.

Number of CE hours offered

1.5 CEH, approved by MCBAP and NAADAC (specific.) A passing grade of 80% on the final exam is required for CE hours to be awarded