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Time Perception Distortion - Nicotine Chewers have long known that at times during early withdrawal time itself seems almost to stand still. The first two weeks can seem like some of the longest days of your entire life. A new 2003 study suggests that time perception distortion may possibly be a nicotine dependency recovery symptom experienced by all Chewers.

 

Although a subconsciously triggered crave episode will not last longer than three minutes, as you probably already know, those minutes can feel like hours. Whether dealing with a subconscious crave trigger or even consciously fixating on a thought of wanting to chew, be sure and look at a clock or watch so that you can gain honest perspective in helping correct your impaired perception of time.

 

All of us are capable of handling a few brief moments of anxiety - all of us - but we need help in gaining an accurate estimation of how long we've endured any challenge or this symptom may falsely paint recovery as being beyond our ability to handle. Don't let time distortion deprive you of your dream of again comfortably embracing life as you.

 

When time distortion is combined with a destructive "big bite" recovery philosophy that insists upon measuring success in terms of quitting forever, it is often a recipe for relapse. Instead, adopt a " one day at a time " philosophy that sees and treats each challenge and each day of freedom and healing as the full and complete victory they reflect. What good is holding a victory party after you're dead? Celebrate life and the victory your latest victory.

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Stop Chewing Recovery Timetable

The body's ability to mend is beauty to behold

 

Within ... You can expect ...

• 20 minutes ... your blood pressure and pulse rate to return to normal. The temperature of your hands and feet will also have returned to normal.

• 8 hours ... your blood oxygen levels to have increased to normal limits and carbon monoxide levels to have dropped to normal.

• 24 hours ...your risk of sudden heart attack to have substantially decreased.

• 48 hours ... nerve ending to start healing and your sense of smell and taste to begin returning to normal.

• 72 hours ... your entire body to test 100% nicotine-free with over 90% of all nicotine metabolites to have now passed through your urine. You can also expect the symptoms of chemical withdrawal to have peaked in intensity. Your bronchial tubes will begin relaxing and thus make breathing easier, and your lung capacity will also begin to increase.

• 10 days to 2 weeks ... your body to have adjusted to the physical functioning without nicotine and the 3,500 particles and more than 500 toxins present in each chew.

 

• 1 to 9 months ... your circulation to have improved substantially, any sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath to have decreased. Your body's overall energy will have increased.

• 1 year ... your excess risk of coronary heart disease to drop to less than half that of a Chewer.

• 5 years ... your risk of stroke is reduced to that of a non-Chewer at 5-15 years after quitting.

• 10 years ... your risk of death from cancer to have decreased by almost half if you were an average Chewer (one can a day). Your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat and esophagus is now half that of a Chewer's.

• 15 years ... your risk of coronary heart disease to now be that of a person who has never chewed. Your overall risk of death has returned to nearly that of a person who has never chewed.

 

Sources for the above stop chewing recovery data include the 1990 U.S. Surgeon General's Report on the "Health Benefits of Chewing Cessation, " U.S. National Institute of Health, Medline Plus

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Junkie, burn-out, addict, drug abuser,

drunk, alcoholic, chew-a-holic

________________________________________

 

 

Some people would argue that chew-a-holic is just a cute euphemism which should not be compared to what they consider degrading syndromes. Contrary to this belief, nicotine addiction can be equally as strong and deadly as any of these other conditions. In fact, if you total the number of people who die yearly of all these other conditions combined, they would not add up to the number of premature deaths attributed to chewing and smoking.

 

Until recent times, the idea of nicotine being a physiologically addictive substance was controversial in the world-wide medical community. For a drug to be considered addictive, it must meet certain criteria. First, it must be capable of inducing physical withdrawal upon cessation. Nicotine abstinence syndrome is a well documented, established fact.

 

Second, tolerance to the drug usually develops. Increasingly larger doses become necessary to achieve the same desired effects. Chewers experience this phenomenon as their chew consumption gradually increases from what probably was sporadic occasional use to a required daily consumption of one or more cans.

 

The third criterion is that an addictive substance becomes a totally consuming necessity to its user, usually resulting in what is considered by a society as anti-social behavior. Many have argued that chewing and smoking fail to fulfill this requirement. True, most chewers do not resort to deviant behaviors to maintain their dependency, but this is because most chewers do manage to easily obtain the full complement of chews they need to satisfy the addiction. When chewers are deprived of easy accessibility to chews, the situation is totally different.

 

During World War II, in concentration camps in Germany, prisoners were not given enough food to fulfill minimum caloric nutritional requirements. They were literally starving to death. A common practice among smoking prisoners was to trade away their scarce supplies of life sustaining food for smokes. Even today, in underdeveloped countries, such as Bangladesh, parents with starving children barter away essential food for smokes. This is not normal behavior.

 

During the "stop smoking clinics" I conduct, numerous participants admit to going through ashtrays, garbage cans and, if necessary, gutters looking for butts which may still have a salvageable value of a few dips when their own supplies are depleted due to carelessness or unforeseen circumstances. To them, it is sick to think that they ever performed such a grotesque act, but many realize that if they were currently chewing or smoking and again caught in a similar predicament, they would be fully capable of repeating the repulsive incident.

 

Nicotine is a drug. It is addictive. And if you let it, it can be a killer. Consider this when you get the urge for a chew. One dip can and most often will reinforce the addiction. Don't take that chance.

 

 

Joel

 

© Joel Spitzer 1982, 2000

Page last updated by Joel Spitzer on August 24, 2003

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Hang Tins: The No Dip Roll Call

Sunday July 1st, 2007

 

Quitters: Shining Examples to One and All

Cajun

Deens

Deal

Dip Defenestrator

Wiser

Intera

Timjk

Baby C

Stymie

Big Quit

Lawen4cer

Dipsbullshit

The Kid

Thirteen

JdrsDaddy - Day 48. From Bay City, MI. The cultural mecca of, well, Bay City, MI.

Dover

Hawgwild

Aug West

Sgt190

No Mo Skoal

Mcc77

Unicorn

 

Supporters: Open on Weekends

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Hang Tins: The No Dip Roll Call

Sunday July 1st, 2007

 

Quitters: Shining Examples to One and All

Cajun

Deens

Deal

Dip Defenestrator

Wiser

Intera

Timjk

Baby C

Stymie

Big Quit

Lawen4cer

Dipsbullshit

The Kid

Thirteen

JdrsDaddy - Day 48. From Bay City, MI. The cultural mecca of, well, Bay City, MI.

Dover

Hawgwild

Aug West

Sgt190

No Mo Skoal

Mcc77

Unicorn

 

Supporters: Open on Weekends

DNM 213

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Hang Tins: The No Dip Roll Call

Sunday July 1st, 2007

Quitters:

Cajun

Deens

Deal

Dip Defenestrator

Wiser

Intera

Timjk

Baby C

Stymie

Big Quit

Lawen4cer

Dipsbullshit-50

The Kid

Thirteen

JdrsDaddy - Day 48. From Bay City, MI. The cultural mecca of, well, Bay City, MI.

Dover

Hawgwild

Aug West

Sgt190

No Mo Skoal

Mcc77

Unicorn

 

Supporters: Open on Weekends

DNM 213

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Hang Tins: The No Dip Roll Call

Sunday July 1st, 2007

Quitters:

Cajun

Deens

Deal

Dip Defenestrator

Wiser

Intera

Timjk

Baby C

Stymie

Big Quit

Lawen4cer

Dipsbullshit-50

The Kid

Thirteen - 48. Someone please help jdrsDaddy understand that Michigan is really Canada.

JdrsDaddy - Day 48. From Bay City, MI. The cultural mecca of, well, Bay City, MI.

Dover

Hawgwild

Aug West

Sgt190

No Mo Skoal

Mcc77

Unicorn

 

Supporters: Open on Weekends

DNM 213

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Hang Tins: The No Dip Roll Call

Sunday July 1st, 2007

Quitters:

Cajun

Deens

Deal

Dip Defenestrator

Wiser

Intera

Timjk

Baby C

Stymie

Big Quit

Lawen4cer

Dipsbullshit-50

The Kid

Thirteen - 48. Someone please help jdrsDaddy understand that Michigan is really Canada.

JdrsDaddy - Day 48. From Bay City, MI. The cultural mecca of, well, Bay City, MI.

Dover

Hawgwild

Aug West

Sgt190

No Mo Skoal - Day 41

Mcc77

Unicorn

 

Supporters: Open on Weekends

DNM 213

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Hang Tins: The No Dip Roll Call

Sunday July 1st, 2007

Quitters:

Cajun

Deens

Deal

Dip Defenestrator

Wiser

Intera

Timjk

Baby C

Stymie

Big Quit

Lawen4cer

Dipsbullshit-50

The Kid - 49

Thirteen - 48. Someone please help jdrsDaddy understand that Michigan is really Canada.

JdrsDaddy - Day 48. From Bay City, MI. The cultural mecca of, well, Bay City, MI.

Dover

Hawgwild

Aug West

Sgt190

No Mo Skoal - Day 41

Mcc77

Unicorn

 

Supporters: Open on Weekends

DNM 213

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Hang Tins: The No Dip Roll Call

Sunday July 1st, 2007

Quitters:

Cajun

Deens

Deal

Dip Defenestrator- day 63

Wiser

Intera

Timjk

Baby C

Stymie

Big Quit

Lawen4cer

Dipsbullshit-50

The Kid - 49

Thirteen - 48. Someone please help jdrsDaddy understand that Michigan is really Canada.

JdrsDaddy - Day 48. From Bay City, MI. The cultural mecca of, well, Bay City, MI.

Dover

Hawgwild

Aug West

Sgt190

No Mo Skoal - Day 41

Mcc77

Unicorn

 

Supporters: Open on Weekends

DNM 213

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Hang Tins: The No Dip Roll Call

Sunday July 1st, 2007

Quitters:

Cajun

Deens

Deal

Dip Defenestrator- day 63

Wiser

Intera

Timjk

Baby C

Stymie

Big Quit

Lawen4cer

Dipsbullshit-50

The Kid - 49

Thirteen - 48. Someone please help jdrsDaddy understand that Michigan is really Canada.

JdrsDaddy - Day 48. From Bay City, MI. The cultural mecca of, well, Bay City, MI.

Dover

Hawgwild

Aug West

Sgt190

No Mo Skoal - Day 41

Mcc77

Unicorn

 

Supporters: Open on Weekends

DNM 213

mikeybr2 - 269

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Hang Tins: The No Dip Roll Call

Sunday July 1st, 2007

Quitters:

Cajun

Deens

Deal

Dip Defenestrator- day 63

Wiser

Intera

Timjk

Baby C

Stymie

Big Quit

Lawen4cer

Dipsbullshit-50

The Kid - 49

Thirteen - 48. Someone please help jdrsDaddy understand that Michigan is really Canada.

JdrsDaddy - Day 48. From Bay City, MI. The cultural mecca of, well, Bay City, MI.

Dover

Hawgwild

Aug West

Sgt190 - Day 42

No Mo Skoal - Day 41

Mcc77

Unicorn

 

Supporters: Open on Weekends

DNM 213

mikeybr2 - 269

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Hang Tins: The No Dip Roll Call

Sunday July 1st, 2007

Quitters:

Cajun

Deens

Deal

Dip Defenestrator- day 63

Wiser

Intera

Timjk

Baby C

Stymie

Big Quit

Lawen4cer

Dipsbullshit-50

The Kid - 49

Thirteen - 48. Someone please help jdrsDaddy understand that Michigan is really Canada.

JdrsDaddy - Day 48. From Bay City, MI. The cultural mecca of, well, Bay City, MI.

Dover

Hawgwild

Aug West

Sgt190 - Day 42

No Mo Skoal - Day 41

Mcc77

Unicorn

 

Supporters: Open on Weekends

DNM 213

mikeybr2 - 269

Killerattorney - 274

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Quitters:

Cajun - 69

Deens

Deal

Dip Defenestrator- day 63

Wiser

Intera

Timjk

Baby C

Stymie

Big Quit

Lawen4cer

Dipsbullshit-50

The Kid - 49

Thirteen - 48. Someone please help jdrsDaddy understand that Michigan is really Canada.

JdrsDaddy - Day 48. From Bay City, MI. The cultural mecca of, well, Bay City, MI.

Dover

Hawgwild

Aug West

Sgt190 - Day 42

No Mo Skoal - Day 41

Mcc77

Unicorn

 

Supporters: Open on Weekends

DNM 213

mikeybr2 - 269

Killerattorney - 274 :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

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Hang Tins: The No Dip Roll Call

Sunday July 1st, 2007

 

Quitters: Shining Examples to One and All

Cajun - 69

Deens

Deal

Dip Defenestrator- day 63

Wiser

Intera

Timjk

Baby C

Stymie

Big Quit

Lawen4cer

Dipsbullshit-50

The Kid - 49

Thirteen - 48. Someone please help jdrsDaddy understand that Michigan is really Canada.

JdrsDaddy - Day 48. From Bay City, MI. The cultural mecca of, well, Bay City, MI.

Dover

Hawgwild

Aug West

Sgt190 - Day 42

No Mo Skoal - Day 41

Mcc77

Unicorn

 

Supporters: Open on Weekends

DNM 213

mikeybr2 - 269

Killerattorney - 274 :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

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Thirteen - 48.  Someone please help jdrsDaddy understand that Michigan is really Canada.

And Alabama is essentially Southern Tennessee. ^_^

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Hang Tins: The No Dip Roll Call

Sunday July 1st, 2007

 

Quitters: Shining Examples to One and All

Cajun - 69

Deens

Deal

Dip Defenestrator- day 63

Wiser

Intera - Heinz 57

Timjk

Baby C

Stymie

Big Quit

Lawen4cer

Dipsbullshit-50

The Kid - 49

Thirteen - 48. Someone please help jdrsDaddy understand that Michigan is really Canada.

JdrsDaddy - Day 48. From Bay City, MI. The cultural mecca of, well, Bay City, MI.

Dover

Hawgwild

Aug West

Sgt190 - Day 42

No Mo Skoal - Day 41

Mcc77

Unicorn

 

Supporters: Open on Weekends

DNM 213

mikeybr2 - 269

Killerattorney - 274 :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

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Hang Tins: The No Dip Roll Call

Sunday July 1st, 2007

 

Quitters: Shining Examples to One and All

Cajun - 69

Deens

Deal

Dip Defenestrator- day 63

Wiser

Intera - Heinz 57

Timjk

Baby C

Stymie

Big Quit

Lawen4cer

Dipsbullshit-50

The Kid - 49

Thirteen - 48. Someone please help jdrsDaddy understand that Michigan is really Canada.

JdrsDaddy - Day 48. From Bay City, MI. The cultural mecca of, well, Bay City, MI.

Dover

Hawgwild

Aug West

Sgt190 - Day 42

No Mo Skoal - Day 41

Mcc77

Unicorn

 

Supporters: Open on Weekends

DNM 213

mikeybr2 - 269

Killerattorney - 274 :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

imskratty - 144

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Hang Tins: The No Dip Roll Call

Sunday July 1st, 2007

 

Quitters: Shining Examples to One and All

Cajun - 69

Deens

Deal

Dip Defenestrator- day 63

Wiser

Intera - Heinz 57

Timjk

Baby C

Stymie

Big Quit - Day 56

Lawen4cer

Dipsbullshit-50

The Kid - 49

Thirteen - 48. Someone please help jdrsDaddy understand that Michigan is really Canada.

JdrsDaddy - Day 48. From Bay City, MI. The cultural mecca of, well, Bay City, MI.

Dover

Hawgwild

Aug West

Sgt190 - Day 42

No Mo Skoal - Day 41

Mcc77

Unicorn

 

Supporters: Open on Weekends

DNM 213

mikeybr2 - 269

Killerattorney - 274 :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

imskratty - 144

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Hang Tins: The No Dip Roll Call

Monday July 2nd, 2007

 

Just don't do it

Cajun

Deens

Deal

Dip Defenestrator

Wiser

Intera

Timjk

Baby C

Stymie

Big Quit

Lawen4cer - Day 55

Dipsbullshit

The Kid

Thirteen

JdrsDaddy

Dover

Hawgwild

Aug West

Sgt190

No Mo Skoal

Mcc77 - Day 42

Unicorn

 

Supporters

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Hang Tins: The No Dip Roll Call

Monday July 2nd, 2007

 

Just don't do it

Cajun

Deens

Deal

Dip Defenestrator

Wiser

Intera

Timjk

Baby C

Stymie

Big Quit

Lawen4cer - Day 55

Dipsbullshit

The Kid

Thirteen

JdrsDaddy

Dover

Hawgwild

Aug West

Sgt190

No Mo Skoal - Day 42

Mcc77 - Day 42

Unicorn

 

Supporters

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Hang Tins: The No Dip Roll Call

Monday July 2nd, 2007

 

Just don't do it

Cajun

Deens

Deal

Dip Defenestrator

Wiser

Intera

Timjk

Baby C

Stymie

Big Quit

Lawen4cer - Day 55

Dipsbullshit

The Kid

Thirteen

JdrsDaddy

Dover

Hawgwild

Aug West

Sgt190

No Mo Skoal - Day 42

Mcc77 - Day 42

Unicorn

 

Supporters

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Hang Tins: The No Dip Roll Call

Monday July 2nd, 2007

 

Just don't do it

Cajun

Deens

Deal

Dip Defenestrator

Wiser

Intera

Timjk

Baby C

Stymie

Big Quit

Lawen4cer - Day 55

Dipsbullshit

The Kid

Thirteen

JdrsDaddy

Dover

Hawgwild

Aug West

Sgt190

No Mo Skoal - Day 42

Mcc77 - Day 42

Unicorn

 

Supporters

imskratty - 145

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Hang Tins: The No Dip Roll Call

Monday July 2nd, 2007

Just don't do it

Cajun

Deens

Deal

Dip Defenestrator

Wiser

Intera

Timjk

Baby C

Stymie

Big Quit

Lawen4cer - Day 55

Dipsbullshit-51

The Kid

Thirteen

JdrsDaddy

Dover

Hawgwild

Aug West

Sgt190

No Mo Skoal - Day 42

Mcc77 - Day 42

Unicorn

 

Supportersimskratty - 145

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