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Drug Addicts 'Can Quit Smoking' With Additional Therapy


Drug Addicts 'Can Quit Smoking' With Additional Therapy
Medical News Today
December 15, 2013

New research from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), a part of the National Institutes of Health, suggests that people who are addicted to cocaine or methamphetamine are able to quit cigarette smoking while being treated for their substance addictions, and that quitting will not hinder their treatment. Commenting on the findings, Dr. Nora D. Volkow, director of NIDA, says, “Substance abuse treatment programs have historically been hesitant to incorporate concurrent smoking cessation therapies with standard drug addiction treatment because of the concern that patients would drop out of treatment entirely. However, treating their tobacco addiction may not only reduce the negative health consequences associated with smoking, but could also potentially improve substance use disorder treatment outcomes.”

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Keywords: drug, addicts, quit, smoking, additional, therapy

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