Smoking Cessation

Smoking is not permitted for guests while they are residents and there is no smoking allowed on the premises.

Smoking accounts for the majority of deaths for those seeking professional help for substance use disorders. We consequently feel it is a critical opportunity to provide safety and expertise to support smoking cessation.

Health Benefits

A recent report from Health Canada says: “Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do to improve your life and health….with… practice, determination, and support, you will be able to stop smoking for good… much of the damage done by smoking is reversed by the body’s natural tendency toward health. The benefits of quitting apply to young smokers and old, to men and women, to those who are still healthy and those who already suffer from smoking- related illnesses.”

How the Center helps:

Pre-admission:
• Assessment and Info (e.g. benefits noted above, stages of change model, cutting-down strategies, dealing with cravings and high risk situations, use of medications)

As a resident:
• Access to evening support groups specific to quitting smoking. Specific attention to medication and nutrition, facilitated sessions re. dealing successfully with cravings and future high risk situations.

Continuing Services:
• Being smoke-free is acknowledged as an integral part of health and is incorporated into the 12 weeks of customized post-residential services. Services may include consultation with family and friends re. how being smoke-free can be supported.