The Tobacco Recovery Program will last two to three months and includes:
- Integrative medical provider visits (usually 5-7)
- Health psychologist visits (usually 6-8)
- Acupuncture treatments (usually 8)
- Mandatory attendance at our monthly Tobacco Recovery Support Group
Once the active treatment program is completed, there will brief monthly phone sessions to follow-up with the patient to ensure the program continues to be successful.
During the first appointment, patients will meet with an integrative medical provider and health psychologist to discuss tobacco use as well as any related factor and/or triggers (such as stress, anxiety or boredom) that influence when and how those products are used. They will then use this information to create a customized plan for reducing or quitting tobacco use.
A patient will then have follow-up appointments that will last between 15 -45 minutes, where they will meet with their primary integrative medical provider and integrated health psychologist to work on their treatment plan. Depending on the situation, patients may have the opportunity to meet with other clinicians in our program such as an acupuncturist and/or a dietitian.
All Banner MD Anderson patients are eligible for our Tobacco Recovery Program and in some cases, family members of patients living in the same household may be considered eligible for the program.
Patients are still eligible and welcome to participate in the program even if they are not ready to quit using tobacco. They can discuss their uncertainty with our staff, who can assist them with identifying motivational issues, setting short and long-term goals as well as strategies for achieving them.
If a patient is unable to quit using tobacco in the active treatment period of the program, our staff will work with them to discuss extending the treatment period depending on the level of interest and motivation and may also change the medication regimen being used. Our patients are our priority and our staff will continue to work with them until they are successful.
Our standard program provides FDA approved medications for assistance with quitting smoking or the use of tobacco products. These medications include:
- Nicotine patch
- Nicotine gum
- Nicotine lozenges
- Bupropion (Zyban®)
- Varenicline (Chantix®).
If the medications/therapies above are not helpful or cause side effects, our providers will consider other medication options.
Insurance plans, including Medicare, typically cover tobacco cessation programs, tobacco cessation medications and health and behavior assessments, group counseling, and/or in-person counseling.