Quit smoking with your FSA during National Recovery Month
Did you know that September hails the arrival of National Recovery Month? Every year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors this initiative to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance abuse issues to celebrate the people who recover and continue to live healthfully.
Smoking is a form of substance abuse that's just as detrimental as any other. If you're a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) holder, your benefit covers the products and services that keep you and your family healthy, but it has no better use than helping you beat the bad habits that could be cutting your life short.
Here's how you can get your National Recovery Month success story started:
Smoking cessation groups
Your chances of kicking the habit grow exponentially when you join a group of like-minded individuals who are sharing the highs and lows of their experiences. That group mentality and accountability for one another can help you establish goals and gradually achieve them over time. These groups are typically free and open to the public, but if any charge is necessary, it can be covered by your benefit with a Letter of Medical Necessity (LMN) from a physician. Read more about Letters of Medical Necessity.
Over-the-counter (OTC) anti-smoking products
There are various smoking cessation products on the market today that utilize nicotine replacement therapy. This refers to the nicotine gum, patches, inhalers and lozenges that satiate the body's desire for nicotine without using tobacco. Typically, these methods work well in tandem with behavioral therapy and support groups, and as they are OTC medicines, they will require a prescription from a doctor to be eligible for FSA reimbursement.
Use our Rx Process to submit your prescription for FSA reimbursement.
When going cold turkey, pursuing outside support and OTC anti-smoking products just won't cut it, it may be wise to speak with a doctor about anti-smoking medications like Chantix or Zyban. These medications can lessen the irritability, extreme cravings and discomfort that comes during nicotine withdrawal, which can give you the physical and mental reprieve needed to achieve your goal. Like any prescription medication, this will require documentation to be reimbursed through an FSA.