One of the most common questions for people considering a stay in a substance or alcohol abuse facility is “can I smoke in rehab?” It’s a fair question when you consider that many people that struggle with addictions are also smokers. So, what do you need to know about smoking staying in an addiction treatment program?
Most of the Time Smoking is Permitted (In the Right Areas)
Remember that rehab isn’t jail. You are there voluntarily, and the staff at your addiction treatment facility of choice understands what you’re going through. The last thing they want to do is make you even more uncomfortable by expecting you to give up cigarettes.
Many rehabs that allow smoking offer designated smoking areas for their clients. It might be a well-appointed deck or porch, or it might be in a sheltered location. You may also find that there are designated smoking areas outside the residential areas of many treatment facilities.
You’ll Have to Get Used to Taking Breaks
While most rehabs do offer areas where smoking is allowed, keep in mind that you’ll be spending a lot of your time in different types of therapies and activities. You won’t be able to smoke whenever you feel like it, but many programs offer ample breaks for their clients.
It might feel tough at first, but studies show that in addiction recovery, a schedule can make all the difference in success rates. So, it’s likely that within a couple of days, you’ll be just fine taking your designated breaks and smoking during your downtime.
Can You Smoke in All Rehabs? Should I Ask?
You may not be able to smoke in all rehabs, so it’s not a bad idea to ask when you’re signing up. Keep in mind that some states may have laws that affect smoking rules at the treatment facility you’re considering.
When you’re seeking treatment for a substance or alcohol abuse disorder, it can be a scary time. Making sure that you know what to expect can make a tremendous difference in how comfortable you are getting started with your recovery program.
You should always ask any questions that you have before beginning treatment. It’s a good idea to write a list of questions you might have. You will have a chance to ask an admissions specialist or counselor before you sign up or when you make an in-person tour of the facility.
Finding Addiction Treatment that Works
Now that you know that it is likely that you can smoke in rehab, don’t let the fear of not being able to smoke hold you back from seeking treatment. You’re not alone, and you can overcome your addiction. No matter what it is, or how bad it seems, the first step to living a clean and healthy life is treatment.
If you’re interested in overcoming your substance or alcohol abuse disorder, contact us today. There’s no risk, and no obligation, so let us help you find the right treatment plan for your needs.