A Journey to Recovery: What Does the Cigarette Represent
Start Date: July 29, 2014
End Date: July 29, 2014
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
Anyone who has worked with someone who smokes, or battled a nicotine addiction themselves, knows that a cigarette represents more than just a habit. Whether you're a clinical provider, a behavioral health advocate, or someone with lived experience, you probably have numerous stories about what smoking means to someone. If you're a clinician, you've probably navigated this addiction with your clients, and if you're a smoker, then you know first-hand what a cigarette may represent in someone's life. Especially for those with mental health and addictions disorders, it may seem like cigarettes are "the only normal thing in an abnormal world." For Eric Arauz, who has battled bipolar disorder, PTSD, and alcohol and drug addiction, recovery was not just about symptom abatement — it was about his personal recovery to health.
Join Arauz as he discusses how we can change what recovery looks like. He'll share his own experiences of quitting and his journey to becoming tobacco-free. Dr. Chad Morris will join Eric to talk about how the treatment environment has perpetuated smoking, and how common myths prevent the behavioral health field from helping people recover and live healthier lives. Then, Dr. Steven Schroeder will explore how tobacco control and prevention efforts have largely missed the behavioral health population and how the 50th anniversary of the Surgeon General's Report on smoking and health may be the final impetus for change.
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