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Freedom from Nicotine

A Free Nicotine Dependency Recovery Seminar

Saturday, September 11, 2004 from 3-5 p.m., Charleston, SC

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Will missed lessons about this most amazing chemical cost you 15.3 years of life? Statistically, will a birthday near your 60th be the last you'll ever see or, worse yet, will you join the one-quarter of all S.C. smokers who barely make it to age 50? Whether you plan on quitting next week, next month or next year, this was your invitation to become an educated dreamer, to allow understanding and insight to substantially enhance your prospects for success.

At this very moment your chemically dependent mind is likely building a shopping list of excuses as to why this isn't a good time to shed your dependency ignorance. You may be telling yourself that it's too stressful right now, the timing is bad, that you attended another program once and it's probably no different, that you'll attend a future program, that if it's free it can't be good, or scores of other excuses. Recovery denial is a very normal part of your dependency defenses - defenses keeping you enslaved and keeping you in a darkness that you now have the opportunity to remove. Knowledge is power and this is your invitation to turn on the lights. What do you have to lose?

Hosted by the College of Charleston's  Counseling and Substance Abuse Service and open to the general public, this two-hour free seminar will be presented on Saturday September 11, 2004, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Physicians Auditorium, located on George Street between Coming and Glebe. It's the large building inside the gates adjacent to the Science Center. Those unfamiliar with the campus can access a map at the following address: (the auditorium is building #47).

Seminar Content: The onset of true chemical dependency is explored as nicotine imitated acetylcholine in exerting control over the flow of more than 200 neurochemicals, including select dopamine (reward), serotonin (mood) and adrenaline (stimulation) pathways. You'll discover how the brain defended against a flood of nicotine by growing millions of extra receptors and desensitizing critical brain pathways. You'll learn how to cope with and and diminish the anxieties that can occur during the re-sensitization process.

You'll receive a detailed road map of the timing and sequencing of both chemical withdrawal and psychological recovery, while exploring critical recovery topics such as crave episode frequency andduration, coping techniques, time distortion, blood sugar stabilization, the nicotine-caffeine interaction, and overcoming the emotional loss. Conscious denial rationalizations, minimizations and blame transference are exposed, and weak quitting motivations are recast into sustainable motives.

Presenter: The seminar is presented by John R. Polito, a former thirty-year three-pack-a-day smoker and founder of, the internet's oldest abrupt nicotine cessation forum.

Pre-Registration: Walk-ins are welcome and there should be plenty of room but to reserve a seat or for additional information please call Laura Lindroth, Health Educator at the College of Charleston at (843) 442-5522 or John R. Polito at (843) 797-3234 .

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