Tobacco Free Campus
Studies show that persons with mental abuse disorders die 25 years younger than the general population due largely to conditions worsened by smoking. Is that what recovery looks like?
At Kentucky River Community Care, recovery is all about you! As a community mental health center (CMHC), we care about your recovery and your overall health. That's why we want our campuses to be safe, healthy, and clean. When you come through our door, you have put your feet on the right path. And now, it’s our job to show you the way to wellness.
While there are many roads to recovery, there is one thing we know for sure: you will never achieve complete recovery if you use tobacco. Make no mistake – using tobacco is an addiction issue. So, on April 1, 2016, KRCC extended its tobacco-free facilities policy to include making all of our campuses tobacco-free.
That doesn’t mean you must quit smoking. But it does mean you can only use tobacco products (e.g., cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, snuff) in designated areas.
Did You Know?
• Smoking-related illnesses cause half of all deaths among people with behavioral health disorders.
• About 50% of people with mental illnesses and addictions smoke compared to 23% of the general population.
• People with mental illnesses and addictions smoke half of all cigarettes produced and are only half as likely as other smokers to quit.
• Tobacco also acts as a cue for other drug use and helps maintain drug-related coping styles.
Tobacco isn’t a crutch. It isn’t a means of help. And while it may work to calm you, it only defeats you in the end. It’s one more thing you haven’t been able to tell no.
It’s simple: without you, there is no recovery. Without recovery, there is no you.
If you have questions about this new KRCC policy, please call our 24-Hour Crisis and Information Hotline: 1-800-262-7491.