Is There a Rehab for Cigarette Smokers?

Last Updated: December 18, 2019

Authored by Isaak Stotts, LP

Smoking cessation is one of the most difficult undertakings an addict could pursue. Nicotine is easily the most addictive legal drug on the market – some experts rate it to be more addictive than cocaine and heroin – and its accessibility brings in very challenging mental factors.
Quitting is also not a one-size-fits-all process. Everyone is different, everyone’s smoking habits are different, and everyone smokes for a different reason. Understanding what contributes to a smoking habit is one of the early in the quitting process. The most important thing to consider, a right of the bat, is why a person should quit.

Top Reasons To Quit Smoking

Top reasons to quit smoking:

  • Every year, smoking causes an average of 480,000 deaths in the US
  • 90% of all lung cancer is caused by cigarette smoke
  • Smokers are four times more likely to die from heart disease
  • Secondhand smoke can cause serious health problems for family members and pets

Just like the smoking habit, everyone’s reasons for quitting vary. From personal health to home situations, to finances, there are plenty of reasons to put down the cigarettes for good. But here are some of the blanket items that affect nearly all cigarette users:

  • Cigarette smoking, on average, causes 480,000 deaths in the United States each year, accounting for 1 in 5.
  • 90% of all lung cancer in adults is caused by cigarette smoking
  • Cigarette smokers are 4x more likely to die of coronary disease
  • Adult cigarette smokers are 25x more likely to develop lung cancer
  • Secondhand smoke can cause health problems in family members and pets

The list goes on. And it gets more personal. There are many of the methods that people can use to quit smoking without going to the rehab. Starting from going cold turkey and to different nicotine replacement therapy or even vaping electronic cigarettes.

Rehab Centers for Cigarette Smokers

While an individual might not find rehab centers that specifically treat nicotine addiction or cigarette smoking, however, most facilities designed to treat alcohol and drug addiction are equipped to treat nicotine dependence. So it’s not always necessary to seek out a particular rehab center that caters only to nicotine dependence. Generally speaking, nicotine dependence does not require long-term inpatient recovery plans, but everyone’s addiction is different.

Are there rehab centers that treat nicotine addiction?

While it may be difficult to find rehab centers that only treat nicotine addiction, most rehab centers are well-equipped to deal with chemical dependencies such as nicotine addiction. While inpatient treatment may be necessary in extreme cases, outpatient treatment has proven to be effective in treating nicotine addiction.
These facilities and others will operate differently, but an outpatient program begins with a detox stage. This is like quitting cold turkey, but with medical staff to watch a patient during this process and help with the withdrawal symptoms. This can be the hardest part for many, but when it is over the counseling phase of the recovery begins. In this, the body will be denied any and all nicotine (no patches are gum) and talk therapy will be utilized to help one understand their addiction and get through it.

When a Person Can’t Quit On Their Own, Rehab Maybe the Answer

If self-pacing a quitting process just does not seem to be working, no matter how hard a person tries, the time might come for one to find a professional center. Nicotine Treatment Centers exist. Many can be found online along with valuable info such as which one is the closest one to a smoker, what they charge for addiction, and what types of insurance they accept. Rehab is usually pricey, but the stay time is usually shorter than the stay required for treating other drug addictions, though the addiction is taken no less serious and the treatment will receive the same care.

How much does rehab cost for smokers?

Here are some examples of treatment centers in the US that treat nicotine addiction:

  • Helena Center for Health in St. Helena, CA– $4,135 for one week
  • Smoking Cessation Wellness Spa Retreat– $1,250 for one week

Popular Rehab Centers for Cigarette Smokers and Their Fees

Many local community locations host their form of cigarette rehab as well, in the form of outpatient groups. There are also hospital programs and residential treatment available across the United States. Like all facets of this, how one goes about their rehab experience will be unique.

Here are some examples of treatment centers across the country:

  • Serenity Vista Addiction Recovery Retreat, Boquete, Panama: $9,900 for the 4-week program or $4950 for a 15-day program, private pay.
  • Helena Center for Health, St. Helena, CA: $4,135 for one week retreat, accepts insurance
  • Smoking Cessation Wellness Spa Retreat, changing location: $1,250 for one-week retreat, private pay.

Smoking, while addictive and hard to shake, is not impossible to overcome. There are plenty of reasons to quit and plenty of ways to do it. All it takes is one decision to say a patient is done letting cigarettes control their life. Make the decision today, and figure out which treatment plan works best.

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Published on: August 30th, 2016

Updated on: December 18th, 2019

About Author

Isaak Stotts, LP

Isaak Stotts is an in-house medical writer in AddictionResource. Isaak learned addiction psychology at Aspen University and got a Master's Degree in Arts in Psychology and Addiction Counseling. After graduation, he became a substance abuse counselor, providing individual, group, and family counseling for those who strive to achieve and maintain sobriety and recovery goals.


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  • Rebecka Beck
    Do any rehabs take Medicare
  • Kai
    I’m an extreme case. I quit alcohol almost 23 months ago, but I’m truly thinking about quitting smoking, I smoke a lot, and totally emotionally addicted. I think I need impatient. Help. I’ve been smoking for years, and I don’t want to die. And, I want my boys to see!!
  • Lisa Richard
    It’s sad how I KNOW I need to quit and have every health reason to quit and I keep failing miserably!!! I won’t make it to see 60 i dont but these costs I can never afford!
  • Lisa Richard
    Want to find one close to jacksonville florida that dont just do addiction, but nicotine alone . Please reply, ty
  • Glenda Green
    My name is Glenda Green am a smoker need in patient help bad am on medcaid and Medicare i can’t do this alone its messing with my mind and health i don’t want out patient i need inpatient help i live in Florence Alabama