The Evanston Department of Health and Human Services will host a six-session Stop Smoking Clinic in April.

Clinc sessions will be held on April 7, 8, 9, 10, 13 and 21, at 7 p.m. at the Evanston Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Avenue, Evanston.

This program, co-sponsored by the Skokie Health Department, is provided free of charge to people who live or are employed in either Skokie or Evanston.

Participants attend six evening sessions over a two-week period and then are eligible to attend follow-up sessions for long-term reinforcement. A 24-hour live hotline service is available for all participants both during and after the clinic. Group and individual counseling is provided.

There are no shots, record keeping, hypnosis, needles, or any other quick-fix gimmicks. The method is clear and simple. Participants quit smoking completely at the first session and are supported through the worst period of physiological and psychological withdrawal. Long-term reinforcement then provides additional support to maintain abstinence.

Most people have paid fees ranging up to $150 for this same program. Evanston and Skokie residents, as well as employees, will be provided this same quality of service at no charge, making this an unbeatable offer.

Jerry Zabin, L.C.S.W., conducts the clinic. Mr. Zabin has worked in the field of social work since 1976. As the former director of two addiction programs, he has a great deal of experience in working with chemical dependency.

He has conducted Smoking Cessation Clinics over the past 20 years, helping many people to successfully stop smoking and has maintained a psychotherapy practice since 1985.

Being a nicotine addict means there is no magic cure, no easy way out. But nicotine addiction, like any other drug dependency, is treatable. This program offers the most comprehensive and sound support to beat that addiction.

More information is available online, or call the Evanston Health Department at 847-866-2949.

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