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An Online Lunchtime Series from IHR’s TAPE Project

Food for Thought

Training, Discussions, and Q & A on Tobacco Education and Treatment Topics for Staff in BSAS Treatment Programs

Bring your lunch or take a break and join IHR’s TAPE Project staff on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at noon for a 1-hour series of informal online trainings on a variety of relevant topics. All staff from BSAS programs are welcome, including but not limited to Tobacco Education Coordinators.

Upcoming Trainings

October 6 | Noon – 1:00PM (EDT)

Focus on Mental Health: Co-occurring Disorders and Tobacco Use

To honor this year’s Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct. 4–10) and World Mental Health Day (Oct. 10) we are putting a spotlight on how tobacco use affects people with co-occurring disorders. How can we best approach people with substance use as well as mental health diagnoses and make addressing their tobacco use relevant to them? What are the most important aspects for treatment in this population? We will discuss updates on how to improve care and explore what integrated care means in this context.

October 20 | Noon – 1:00PM (EDT)

Smoking and Stress: Developing Healthy Coping Strategies

Why is tobacco/nicotine use a common way to manage stress? We frequently hear people in early recovery say this is a reason they do not want to quit smoking, particularly during the difficult and stressful times of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this perception that tobacco use helps lessen stress, we know that smoking/vaping contributes to an increase in physical, behavioral, and emotional stress. This webinar will explore stress and how it impacts our patients. We will discuss how to help patients and clients develop alternative healthy coping skills as they navigate treatment and recovery.

November 3 | Noon – 1:00PM (EST)

Quitting Smoking and Vaping: A Biopsychosocial Approach

November 19 is American Cancer Society’s national “Great American Smokeout Day,” a date when many people who smoke put their quit plans into action. Join our Quitting Smoking/Vaping webinar if you’re interested in quitting tobacco use/vaping yourself, or if you’d like ideas and resources for helping others. 70% of current smokers wish they could quit, and recent surveys of youth and young adults who vape show an increased interest in quitting, too. In this webinar, we’ll examine what makes it hard to quit and stay quit, and review effective strategies and resources that can help.

November 17 | Noon – 1:00PM (EST)

Tobacco Education and Treatment Resources

This webinar will give an overview of several practical resources programs can use to integrate tobacco/nicotine education and treatment into work with clients (both virtually and in person). There will be an emphasis on resources to help individuals quit smoking/vaping, but approaches for those not ready to quit will also be discussed. We will highlight suggestions for tobacco/nicotine groups, online trainings, handouts, websites, digital tools for quitting, and more. Time will also be spent discussing how TAPE Staff can help providers tailor the information, hands-on tools, and resources in a way that suits their program’s needs.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact:

Adam Meltzer
Institute for Health & Recovery