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How to Talk With Patients About Smoking Cessation and Substance Use Disorders

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Smoking rates among people with substance use disorders are high. Contrary to popular belief, many smokers with substance use disorders want to quit and can quit successfully. Experts in addiction treatment will describe a national study of tobacco use among patients enrolled in addiction treatment, together with other community-based research projects as well as discuss patient, program, and policy strategies to reduce tobacco use in addiction treatment populations.

This course is based on the recorded webinar, How to Talk With Patients About Smoking Cessation and Substance Use Disorders created by Joseph Guydish, PhD, MPH and Valerie Gruber, PhD in 2015.



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Course Material Authors

Joseph Guydish, PhD, MPH

Joseph Guydish, PhD, is Professor of Medicine and Health Policy at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at University of California, San Francisco. His research concerns access, delivery, and organization of substance abuse treatment services. He has led studies evaluating efforts to improve access to publicly-funded drug abuse treatment, assessing federal policy to end drug addiction and alcoholism as an SSI disability category, and investigating Drug Court and intensive case management interventions for drug-involved offenders. In recent years his work has focused on tobacco dependence in addictions treatment, because of the high rate of smoking in this population, because of the known health consequences, and because of the increasing evidence that quitting smoking in addictions treatment also improves drug abuse outcomes.

Valerie Gruber, PhD

Valerie Gruber, PhD, is Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco. As a licensed psychologist, she has designed, provided and supervised outpatient addiction treatment integrated within medical and mental health programs serving culturally diverse low-income clients. As a co-investigator in studies led by Dr. Guydish, she has designed, and trained staff on leading, smoking cessation groups in residential alcohol and drug treatment.

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss the evidence regarding tobacco use among patients enrolled in addiction treatment

  2. Discuss patient, program, and policy strategies to reduce tobacco use in addiction treatment populations

  3. Identify evidence-based treatment for treating tobacco dependence

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How to Talk With Your Patients About Smoking Cessation and Substance Use Disorders

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Course Number 102166
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  • Recorded Webinar
Exam Fee: No Longer Available
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50 members have taken this course


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