Quit Smoking By Hypnosis
Using hypnosis to quit smoking is one of the most common forms of hypnotherapy, in fact it’s one of the reasons that hypnotherapy is now so strongly embedded in mainstream therapy today.
Many people have found success in quitting smoking by hypnosis that they haven’t been able to find through any other method of quitting, and the one key reason that it is so effective is because hypnosis works at the sub-conscious level to reprogram your beliefs so that it’s almost as if smoking was never something that you even took up in the first place.
Traditional forms of quitting
There are many different ways to try giving up smoking, for example:
Cold Turkey – Trying to quit smoking with no help, just using the sheer power of your will. Most people that are successful at giving up cold turkey are people that have already tried many times before, and it’s just the last time that they try that they are able to stick to it. This is easily the hardest method to give up
Nicotine Replacement Therapy – Using things such as patches or gum to replace the nicotine hit that you would get from cigarettes. This works well at removing the physical cravings, but what it doesn’t address is the habit of smoking (which I will get to later)
Medication – Things such as Champix work by triggering chemicals in the brain that alter the taste of smoking. After being on Champix for a couple of weeks, the taste and smell of cigarettes become so repugnant that it’s impossible to keep smoking. The side effects often turn people off however, and often after a couple of months people pick up the habit again for the same reason as nicotine replacement therapy – it doesn’t address the habit of smoking
The Habit of Smoking
There are a few reasons that smoking is so insidious. It’s not even that it is as addictive as other drugs, if you have an opium addiction and you are trying to quit, the withdrawals will have you curled up in a ball, shaking, vomiting, with diarrhoea and stomach cramps. Giving up smoking doesn’t produce these types of symptoms.
In fact, smokers know when they go on a long flight they don’t have the option of smoking. They can tell themselves “I have an 8 hour flight, I’ll just have to wait until I get off the plane”. People who are addicted to heroine don’t have this type of thought pattern because the addiction is too strong.
The habit of smoking is so insidious because it flows so easily with the habit of breathing. When you’re trying to break any other habit you can remove yourself from the situation. If you want to break the habit of binge eating, remove yourself from the kitchen. If you want to break the habit of gambling, stay away from the casino. If you want to break the habit of smoking though you can’t stop breathing.
The other reason it’s so hard to break the habit is because it’s a nervous response. When you’re feeling stressed or anxious, or any other emotion in your nervous body, your response is to have a smoke to relieve the nerves. So with smoking, it’s not enough to just stop the physical act, you also need to stop the surrounding factors as well.
Will I still feel cravings?
Honestly, you may, but not in the sense that you think.
When you’re sitting at the movies with your family, you might have thoughts running through your head of “Oh I should duck out for a quick smoke before this starts” or “When will this end I need to have a smoke”.
Those types of thoughts will no longer exist when you’ve had your hypnosis session. They will be thoughts you used to have, but it won’t be part of your thought process anymore. The cravings after a hypnosis session are more for the nostalgia surrounding smoking. If you sit in your smoking chair you might think to yourself “Oh I could have a smoke now”, or if you are in a stressful situation you might think, “I would normally go for a smoke right about now”.
The physical cravings no longer exist, but what might exist (and this doesn’t happen for everyone) are the memories. It’s much easier to re-purpose your smoking chair to your reading chair after a hypnosis session, and it’s definitely easier than trying to re-purpose it while dealing with physical cravings.
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