Posted Sept. 7, 2012
Although a New Jersey regulation to make all rehab facilities entirely smoke-free is still months away, Seabrook House decided to forge ahead and become a smoke-free environment for its patients starting this week.
“Seabrook House has earned its reputation for excellence in the treatment of adults suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction, and we pride ourselves on the importance of promoting health and wellness of the mind, body and spirit,” said President Ed Diehl.
“Nicotine is one of the most heavily used addictive drugs and the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the country. At Seabrook House we must set a healthy example, and looking the other way while patients light up is contrary to the very mission of this facility.”
The New Jersey statewide ban of smoking at all addiction recovery centers will go into effect on Dec. 12, 2012, as part of the 2008 smoking ban legislation.
According to Diehl, addicts are more likely to have long-term success if they quit smoking at the same time they enter treatment.
“Along with the ban, we have implemented a smoking cessation program that includes nicotine patches and lozenges at no cost to our patients,” said Diehl. “The recovery of our patients is our priority, and we believe that banning tobacco is critical in a successful treatment program. It is important to foster an overall recovery plan that involves health and wellness for the optimal chance for recovery.”
The no-smoking trend is not new to treatment centers. In spring of this year, Austin Recovery, the largest inpatient addiction treatment center in Central Texas and one of the biggest in the state, went smoke-free. The state of New York has also issued cigarettes to be put out in rehab centers.