All too often, people with mental illnesses develop other health conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes, because their general health is affected by their illness and medications. Our nurses work with clients to determine ways to improve diet, reduce smoking, and include exercise in their lives in order to improve their physical well-being.
Smoking rates of those with behavioral health disorders, such as psychiatric disorders and substance abuse disorders, are two to four times higher than that of the general population. Those with behavioral health problems tend to begin smoking earlier, smoke more and extract more nicotine and tar from the cigarettes they smoke.
Our philosophy is about making clients more aware of treatment options and providing educational material to assist in eventually helping someone to reduce or quit smoking.
- Individualized assessment to determine your smoking patterns, use and history
- Personalized counseling with a Certified Peer Specialist
- Information about medical consequences of smoking
- Help understanding why you smoke
- Stress management and coping skills
- Nutrition tips to maintain a healthy weight if you decide to quit
- Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)
- Tobacco classes
Certified Peer Specialists
Research has shown that peers have more success than non-peers in getting another person to create healthier lifestyles. As a result, one of our Certified Peer Specialists (CPS) runs our Tobacco Awareness support groups. Our CPS serves as a role model and is able to successfully engage peers and provide support on a variety of health topics.
If you are receiving services in our Outpatient Counseling program, our nursing staff and Certified Tobacco Specialists can work with you and your Primary Care Physician to manage your overall wellness.
To join this program, you must be insured by Medicaid only or by Medicaid and another form of insurance.