The WestBridge Florida campus is tobacco-free, creating immediate difficulty for the participant who may be in the pre-contemplation stage of change and not yet ready to give up tobacco. Successful evidenced-based treatment of WestBridge participants with both severe persistent mental illness and the brain disease of addiction will include critical attention to treatment of addiction to tobacco.
The provision of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in tobacco cessation provides critically effective support for physical withdrawal symptoms and perhaps, most importantly, the symptom of craving. MAT will help WestBridge participants effectively reach their treatment goals.
Smoking-cessation medications may include varenicline (Chantix), Wellbutrin (Zyban), nicotine replacement (patch, nasal spray, lozenges, gum, inhaler), nortriptlyine (Pamelor) and clonidine (Catapres TTS patch). Mecamylamine and naltrexone also show promise.
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