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Rehab Centers That Allow Smoking or Vaping E-Cigarettes

Alcohol and drug abuse are a major issue in the United States. In the past year, 40.3 million people (14.5%) had a substance use disorder (SUD)—28.3 million had an alcohol use disorder (AUD), 18.4 million had an illicit drug use disorder, and 6.5 million had both an AUD and an illicit drug use disorder.1  

In addition, 57.3 million people (20.7%) used tobacco products or vaped nicotine in the past month, with the largest percentage being people aged 18-25 (8.4 million people or 25.1%).1 While cigarette smokers make up the majority of that number (41.4 million), nicotine vaping has grown in popularity, with 10.4 million people using an e-cigarette or another vaping device to vape nicotine.1

With addiction being such a big issue, it is extremely important for people to pursue treatment. Many people who are struggling with an SUD may wonder if there are rehab centers that allow smoking or vaping while in treatment.


Do Rehab Centers Allow Smoking Cigarettes?

Addiction treatment centers may have different rules and requirements, but there is not an overarching ban on smoking cigarettes at rehab centers. Various facilities allow cigarette smoking, although policies for each program vary. For those facilities that do allow smoking, there may be rules about where it is allowed at the facility—mainly in outdoor spaces. If you are looking for rehab centers that allow cigarette smoking, make sure to check with the individual facility to find out their policies.


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If you are looking for drug or alcohol addiction treatment, it can feel overwhelming. As you consider your options, knowing exactly what your insurance plan covers can give you peace of mind while you or your loved one is in rehab. You can do the work of getting and staying sober without worrying about unexpected costs or financial struggles. For more information on what your insurance plan covers, call AAC at , check your insurance, or fill out the form below.


Do Rehab Centers Allow Vaping E-Cigarettes?

While addiction treatment centers may have different rules and requirements for those who are obtaining treatment, there is not an overarching ban on vaping at rehab centers. However, while some facilities may allow vaping of e-cigarettes, it is less likely that it is allowed than cigarette smoking. Because it is more difficult to determine what is being smoked in a vape or e-cigarette, rehab facilities may have stricter policies when it comes to their use.

For those facilities that do allow vaping and e-cigarettes, there may be rules about where it is allowed at the facility—mainly in outdoor spaces. If you are looking for rehab centers that allow vaping, make sure to check with the individual facility to find out their policies.


Do Rehab Centers Allow Smoking Marijuana?

Are you curious if there are rehab centers that allow weed? The short answer to that question is no. While the use of marijuana is legal in some states, in many parts of the country it is still an illicit drug. Therefore, it would not be possible to smoke marijuana while in treatment for addiction. Even in the states where it is legal to smoke marijuana, it may not be allowed while at a treatment facility.

Just as alcohol is a legal substance but is not allowed at rehab, so too is marijuana use prohibited at a treatment program. If you would like to receive treatment in a program where you can smoke marijuana, you should discuss this with a treatment specialist as they may be able to help you figure out the best treatment strategy for you—and that may include treatment for marijuana addiction.


Should I Consider Quitting Smoking or Vaping During Recovery Treatment?

The use of smoking during treatment is common for many people as they attempt to recover from their substance abuse. And while it may not cause additional problems for them, the use of nicotine can become a problem in its own right as it too can be addictive. If you find that you are misusing cigarettes or e-cigarettes in the same way you are misusing other substances, you may want to consider working on stopping smoking or vaping as you work on stopping the use of alcohol and/or drugs.

Attempting to address your nicotine use while also addressing your addiction to another substance may prove to be extremely challenging. That doesn’t mean it isn’t something you should pursue, as many treatment facilities can help you with addiction to multiple substances. However, the consideration of quitting smoking or vaping during treatment should be discussed with a treatment specialist as it may have a negative or positive mental impact during your recovery process.


What If I Want To Quit Smoking or Vaping While in Rehab?

If you decide you want to quit smoking or vaping while in treatment, program staff can help you. It is possible to address addiction to various substances at the same time. Receiving treatment for addiction and stopping smoking or vaping is an option that you should discuss with a treatment specialist so that they can help tailor an individualized treatment plan to help you reach your various goals in rehab.


How to Find Rehab Centers Near Me That Allow Smoking or Vaping E-Cigarettes

Policies for smoking in rehab varies depending on the facility. If you want to find a facility that allows smoking, you can contact one of our admissions navigators at for the information you are looking for as you look for addiction treatment.

There are rehabs near me that can provide the treatment you need and provide the options you are looking for. Check out the directory to find a list of facilities and programs.

American Addiction Centers (AAC) has various rehab facilities around the country that provide drug and alcohol addiction treatment that may allow smoking or vaping e-cigarettes while in treatment.


Some Questions to Ask the Facility When Getting in Contact

  • Is cigarette smoking allowed at your facility?
  • Is e-cigarette vaping allowed at your facility?
  • Is marijuana smoking allowed at your facility?
  • What are your rules and restrictions regarding cigarette/e-cigarette smoking?

Source

  1. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2021). Key substance use and mental health indicators in the United States: Results from the 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (HHS Publication No. PEP21-07-01-003, NSDUH Series H-56). Rockville, MD: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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