Now that you've beat drugs, alcohol and/or gambling, this is your opportunity to live a
long, straight and clean life by giving up smoking. Dr. Pike, a clinical psychologist,
can help you make the change by building upon what you've learned in other
addiction treatment programs. By popular demand patients such as yourself have
repeatedly requested for help to give up tobacco. Together we can help you to
KICK SOME BUTTS!
Substance Use Disorder and Smoking
Nicotine dependence is a serious and deadly problem for patients in treatment for
gambling, alcohol, drugs and other addictions. Studies show that among patients in
treatment for substance use disorder in the United States, cigarette smoking is
extremely high — as much as 70-90%. Such patients have increased mortality rates
compared with the general population, and more than half die from tobacco-related
illnesses. Research also shows that 43.1% of problem gamblers calling in to a
hotline report daily tobacco use as well; whereas smoking prevalence in the general
population has fallen to less than 21%.
The majority of patients seeking treatment for addictive disorders state that
cigarettes would be at least as hard or harder to quit, compared with their primary
problem substance. Despite clear evidence of nicotine addiction and major tobacco-
caused health consequences among addicts, tobacco use traditionally has been
minimized or ignored as an issue in addiction treatment settings.
For example, California has not yet fully integrated tobacco use into its addiction
treatment programs, or has addressed it like other drugs. The message of the “Kick
Butts Program" is that tobacco use IS an addiction, and addiction treatment
programs should treat it.
The San Diego Center for Pathological Gambling (SDCPG) is the first addiction
treatment program dedicated to reduce the harm to health caused by tobacco use
in all previously treated, recovering addicts — whatever their addiction: gambling,
The purpose is to provide expertise on quitting smoking for those who need it most,
those recovering from other addictions.
Based upon the premise that tobacco is a drug, the “Kick Butts Program” is a
drug-free program. Drug-free is nicotine-free. No nicotine replacement products will
be used or offered.
The “Kick Butts Program” is an intensive outpatient addiction treatment program for
tobacco dependence designed especially for those individuals in recovery. Based
upon addiction theory and behavioral change, the three-phase, group-centered
program will meet three times a week for four weeks. Sessions are kept small. To
ensure each individual's needs are met, the program will be limited to ten participants
maximum. Participants must:
* Be 18 years old or older
* Have had a drug, alcohol or gambling problem
* Either completed an addiction treatment program or
* Be abstinent from addictions for at least 6 months and actively working a
The “Kick Butts Program” utilizes the principles of addiction theory, behavioral
change, and practical counseling treatment components such as problem solving,
skill training, coping skills, cravings and urges, grief and loss, lifestyle changes, and
basic information about smoking and quitting.
Most major insurance providers, except Kaiser Permanente, are accepted.
Uninsured? No problem - an alternative $30.00 copay per session fee is accepted. All
participants must complete three sessions per week for four weeks - for a total of 12
sessions. Sessions may also be pre-purchased on this site (as 2-session packages)
through PayPal at our "Arrange-A-Session" webpage. Cash and checks will also
accepted at session time.
|For treatment information, contact
Dr. Suzanne Graupner Pike, Ph.D, CCGC-II
Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY16492)
California Certified Gambling Counselor-II (CCGC #122)
Fax: 1-760-658-6269 (1-619-806-PIKE)
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