Smoking Cessation: A 12-week Program
Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), with more than 480,000 smoking-related deaths each year. In addition, it is one of the toughest habits to stop, as it takes an average of 5 to 7 tries before a person achieves success quitting. Because of this high failure rate, Enterhealth offers an innovative smoking cessation program.
The treatment is done through Enterhealth’s telehealth service platform, which includes telepsychiatry and teletherapy. The technology is a modern form of health care delivery which breaks away from traditional models by using telecommunication systems and wireless communication methods such as tablets and smartphones to connect patients with therapists or doctors. The 12-week session starts with an initial assessment by a psychiatrist, who is able to determine any underlying psychiatric issues before starting treatment. From there, the experts at Enterhealth create a personalized treatment plan aimed at preventing or lessening the withdrawal, anxiety, depression and weight gain that often accompanies stopping nicotine. After that, each patient is given a customized medication plan and attends therapy sessions via telemedicine, so that the patient never has to come into a doctor’s office but is still able to receive the latest, science-based care to address this life-threatening condition.
Enterhealth is uniquely qualified to offer this program because we have extensive experience working with dual-diagnosis disorders, meaning we understand how to deal with the psychological components, as well as the cravings and other elements that can foster the addiction. The program is also offered to patients at Enterhealth not only via telemedicine, but in person. At Enterhealth Ranch and Enterhealth Outpatient Center of Excellence, doctors and therapists are focused on the overall well-being of each patient, and that same care goes into helping the public stop smoking through the smoking cessation program.