Preventative tobacco and alcohol counseling

Preventative counseling-tobacco

Smoking can be a difficult habit to break, but it is essential to living a healthy lifestyle. It is unfortunate that smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Smoking increases risks for cancer, heart, and lung disease. If you ​or your family member ​are ready to quit smoking, ​we can provide you with the necessary tools. ​ Our provider​s​ can help ​to​ formulate a plan for quitting, as well as with resources such as phone counseling services and options for nicotine replacement therapy. You may be able to use a nicotine patch to help ease the process. Additionally, there are prescription medications such as Chantix and Welbutrin that help with smoking cessation.

Whatever the best choice is for you, our providers​ can lead you in the right direction. Quitting smoking will decrease your chances of complications such as cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, and chronic lung disease. In fact, within 15 years after smoking cessation, former-smoker risk for heart disease is equal to that of a non-smoker.

Smoking cessation counseling and most of treatment options are fully covered by most of insurance plans in New Jersey, and have almost none or very little cost to the patient.​

Preventative counseling-alcohol

Assessing for alcohol misuse and abuse is an important part of preventative healthcare. While alcohol may be okay in moderation, abuse can lead to health problems such as liver damage, kidney problems, heart disease, pancreas damage, and even cancer.

Needless to say, it could be a major cause of problems among family members.​ It is also important to know if​ someone ​has​ a family history of alcohol abuse, as addiction can run in families. If you are considering quitting drinking​ or may know of someone who needs help​, it’s never too late to discuss it with your healthcare provider ​during your office visit – our providers are fully committed to help you and your family to maintain happy and healthy lifestyle​​. We can help to find best support groups and behavioral therapy options​ in Monmouth and Ocean counties​, as well as advice ​what​ medication​ can be used to help with alcohol cessation.

Alcohol abuse and cessation counseling and most of treatment options are fully covered by most of insurance plans in New Jersey, and have almost none or very little cost to the patient.​