Breaking the Tobacco Habit in Behavioral Health Peer Videos

Breaking the Tobacco Habit in Behavioral Health Peer Videos

Tobacco use in the behavioral health population presents a significant challenge. In this video series, peer recovery specialists discuss their smoking journey, reasons for quitting, and recommendations for other peer recovery specialists.

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Thank you to the following peer recovery specialists for their assistance with these videos!

Matthew Joseph: Treatment Coordinator at the Helping Up Mission

Miriam Yarmolinsky: Founder & Executive Director at the Peer Wellness & Recovery Services Inc.

Todd Starkey: Treatment Coordinator at the Helping Up Mission

Sabrina Schram: Chief Operating Officer at the Instruments of Healing Inc

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Smoking Journey: In this 7-minute video, peer recovery specialists discuss the different paths that led them to start smoking at various times during their youth. 

 

 

 

Quitting Stories: In this 10.5-minute video, peer recovery specialists discuss what motivated them to quit smoking as well as what helped them quit. Some reasons cited for quitting included health issues they personally experienced or a close family member experienced, the stigma of smoking, and wanting to engage in health activities they previously enjoyed. Some cessation aids discussed included quitlines, exercise, and nictonine replacement therapy (NRT). 

 

 

 

Recommendations: In this 5-minute video, peer recovery specialists discuss recommendations to help behavioral health clients quit smoking. Some recommendations discussed included assessing readiness to quit smoking by using the stages of change model and the benefits of discipline associated with exercise.