Tobacco Dependence Treatment Programs
Tobacco Dependence Treatment Programs (TDT) are dedicated to reducing the harm to health caused by tobacco use. TDT particularly aims to provide expertise on quitting smoking for those who need support. Treatment includes both behavioral therapies and FDA-approved nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). Research indicates that smokers who receive a combination of behavioral treatment and cessation medications quit have great success in quitting.
Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking Cessation
The Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking Cessation, released in January 2020, offers evidence that smoking cessation is beneficial at any age, improves health status and enhances quality of life. It also reduces the risk of premature death and can add as much as 10 years to life expectancy.
Behavioral counseling is typically provided by a smoking cessation specialist during four to eight sessions, either in-person or by telephone. These sessions navigate triggers, ambivalence, and barriers using proven counseling techniques.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is a variety of formulations of nicotine to help users gradually reduce intake by relieving withdrawal symptoms. Forms include transdermal patch, spray, gum and lozenges.
Bupropion is an equally effective antidepressant that regulates the brain’s chemistry associated with smoking cessations.
Varenicline is another prescription that reduces nicotine cravings.