It’s not uncommon for people who are recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction to pick up smoking cigarettes as a replacement habit. In fact, addiction recovery t patients have the highest rates of cigarette use in the world. This is in spite of the growing volumes of research detailing the extreme dangers of tobacco. A new study published in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse pointed out that although smoking among the American population has declined precipitously, it has remained stable among people with addictions.
“Although smoking rates have declined substantially in the general population, they remain very high among people with other addictions,” said lead author of the study, Dr. Barbara K. Campbell. “This increases disease burden and mortality and may contribute to difficulty maintaining abstinence from other drugs.”
Of the 1,113 addiction rehab patients involved in the study, an astounding 77.9 percent said they smoked an average of 10 cigarettes per day. Only 7.8 percent of the patients interviewed said they never smoked at all. Those who used stimulants or opioids as their primary drugs were more likely to smoke.