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Nicotine addiction and substance use disorder treatment: The Philadelphia story

AThe Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and its leadership have a well-deserved reputation for pioneering recovery-oriented systems of care. Effective Jan. 1, 2019, the agency initiated an aggressive policy to address the problem of nicotine addiction among those receiving substance use disorder (SUD) services in contracted facilities. The policy covers nine detox facilities, 32 short-term rehabilitation programs, 31 long-term rehabilitation programs and eight halfway houses.

Behavioral Health Commissioner David T. Jones, a passionate proponent of the policy, believes that aggressively addressing tobacco addiction will dramatically improve all treatment outcomes.

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