Smoking Cessation Resources

From the CDC website: "Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causing many diseases and reducing the health of smokers in general. The adverse health effects of cigarette smoking account for an estimated 438,000 deaths, or nearly 1 of every 5 deaths, each year in the United States. More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined." (for more information about the harmful effects of nicotine, please visit the CDC website on Health Effects of Smoking)

If you or a loved one have decided to quit smoking, congratulations on taking the first step to improve your health! You are not alone. There are new advances in smoking cessation treatments and resources that can help.

All of our doctors have been trained in the latest advances in the treatment of smoking cessation and would be happy to help you along the road to quitting.

In addition to the nicotine patch and gum, there are medications available that offer help to millions of patients who are trying to quit smoking. Whether or not you decide that medications may help you along the road to recovery, there are important free resources to help you learn new and effective tools to combat the habits you have developed and deal with the cravings you may experience:

  • The American Cancer Society offers a free telephonic support program (1-800-QUIT-NOW), and the American Lung Association offers a free web-based program at>> Quit Smoking >> Freedom from Smoking.
  • The California Smoking Helpline offers a free online support program in multiple languages (1-800-NO-BUTTS) to residents of California.
  • Pfizer sponsors a free web-based program (GET QUIT) for smokers attempting to quit with Chantix — members can enroll online at or call 1-877-CHANTIX

Again, congratulations on taking the first step towards a healthier tomorrow! If you would like to schedule an appointment to speak with one of our doctors about quitting smoking or smoking cessation treatments, feel free to call (949) 257-4217 or e-mail [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you!

Emergency Services

If you or your loved one is having a psychiatric emergency, you have several options:

  • You can call 911
  • You can call one of the Psychiatric Emergency Teams or Crisis Hotlines listed below.
  • Or, you can walk into any hospital emergency room and ask to be evaluated by a clinician.

Below are several resources which may be useful:

Mobile Assessment Teams that will respond to psychiatric emergencies in the community. These teams of mental health professionals may be accompanied by law enforcement for safety purposes when called to a scene. They will evaluate a patient and can then assist with referrals and transportation to a local area hospital if needed.

Crisis/Hotline Numbers:

There are also local area hospitals that can provide urgent psychiatric evaluations in the Emergency Room and have inpatient psychiatric facilities:

County and Other Low-Cost Mental Health Resources

The Orange County Mental Health system is equipped to help patients with serious mental illnesses who have MediCal or who do not have access to health insurance or other financial resources. County facilities can provide urgent (often same-day) evaluations and assessments and can provide long-term treatment and support, including medication management, social services, therapy, assistance with housing, and other resources. Please see for additional information on County Resources.

Additionally, the Orange County Chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill has access to low and no-cost resources for patients and families: (click on Services, and scroll down for info for Patients and/or Families).

Orange County Mental Health Outpatient Clinics

North Region

Serving: Atwood, Brea, Buena Park, Fullerton, La Habra, La Palma, Placentia and Yorba Linda

Serving: Anaheim, Garden Grove

South Region

Serving: Balboa, Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Irvine, Newport Beach

Serving: Aliso Viejo, Capistrano Beach, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano

East Region

Serving: El Modena, Lemon Heights, Orange, Santa Ana, Tustin and Villa Park

West Region

Serving: Cypress, Huntington Beach, Los Alamitos, Midway City, Seal Beach, Stanton, Sunset Beach and Westminster

Pacific Asian Services