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Terry A. Rustin, MD, FASAM

Associate Professor (ret), University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, Texas

Dr. Rustin provides telemedicine consultations in psychiatry and addiction treatment with JSA Health, and serves as a consultant to industry in developing smoking cessation programs. He served on the faculty of the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston for more than 20 years, teaching addictions and the clinical assessment of patients to medical and nursing students and psychiatric residents, retiring in 2010. Dr. Rustin has a special interest in nicotine dependence, and has developed a treatment program for nicotine dependence based on addiction-recovery principles. He has written a series of books for clients describing this recovery process, and a companion volume for treatment professionals to assist them in developing such programs. He has also produced a pair of videos on nicotine dependence to supplement these materials. He designed and is currently managing a smoking cessation program for the 25,000 employees of a cruise line company. In 1991, Dr. Rustin directed the transition of the addiction treatment program at the Harris County Psychiatric Center to a smoke-free program. This program successfully integrated the treatment of nicotine dependence into the context of addiction treatment, and has served as a model for programs across the nation. Dr. Rustin shares this experience by providing consultations and training sessions for hospitals and treatment programs planning to go smokefree and to incorporate nicotine dependence treatment into their programs. Dr. Rustin served as Texas Chairman for ASAM for four years; he directed the Review Course in Addiction Medicine from 1988 through 1993 and the Society’s 1995 and 1996 National Conference on Nicotine Dependence. He is certified by ABIM, ASAM and by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. He is a ASAM Fellow and has been listed in “The Best Doctors in America” in Addiction Medicine each year since 1996.

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Workshop Track

Recovery Focused Treatment for Nicotine and Tobacco Dependence


10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Room: 412, Fourth Floor


Terry A. Rustin, MD, FASAM

Associate Professor (ret), University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, Texas

Addiction specialists frequently face significant challenges in treating patients for their dependence on nicotine and tobacco.This workshop will discuss and then demonstrate an addiction recovery model for nicotine and tobacco dependence that is particularly useful in counseling recovering individuals who want to quit smoking.
The first half of the session will briefly review nicotine dependence, identifying the similarities between nicotine dependence and other addictions; then move to a discussion of a recovery model for nicotine dependence treatment. The presenter will discuss the application of relapse prevention strategies used in recovery treatment to nicotine dependence. The second half of the session will feature demonstrations of an addiction recovery approach to nicotine and tobacco dependence counseling. These demonstrations will use a series of clinical vignettes with audience members role-playing the “patient” and the presenter role-playing the “clinician.”
All participants will receive a gratis copy of the presenter’s book Keep Quit! A motivational guide to a life without smoking, which they can use in their practices and distribute to patients, at no cost.