Hypnotherapy to Quit Smoking: Does It Really Work?
Most smokers are hooked on a habit they hate. It’s true. The majority of smokers – an estimated 80 % – would be happy to never smoke another cigarette again.
It makes sense too.
We all know that smoking adversely affects your health. Even moderate smokers have experienced a sore throat or difficulty breathing when climbing a flight of stairs. And, of course, there’s the threat of more serious health consequences. (According to the World Health Organization, tobacco is responsible for 5 million deaths per year worldwide).
Not to mention, there are dozens of other reasons to quit: To save money, for your kids, for healthier skin, to be more active, etc.
But if most smokers wanting to quit, have numerous reasons to quit, and know just how detrimental cigarettes are for their health, what’s holding them back?
The reason is simple. Nicotine addiction is deeply rooted in the subconscious mind. Stress, mealtime, driving, drinking alcohol (and the list goes on) all subconsciously trigger thoughts that cause cigarette craving.
But what if there was a way to “shut off” that voice in your head? Or at least reframe subconscious thoughts to think negatively about smoking?
Well, that’s the promise of hypnotherapy for quitting smoking.
With the help of a hypnotherapist, the smoker can begin to untangle and quiet the web of subconscious thoughts that keep the addiction in place.
The Mental Addiction
Our subconscious thoughts keep the nicotine addiction in place. The subconscious triggers the urge for a cigarette after dinner, or when you get behind the wheel. It’s the subconscious mind that triggers a pang when you’re under stress, or you’ve poured a glass of wine.
This mental battle also explains why most smoking cessation aids like nicotine replacement therapy are mostly ineffective. NRT only eliminates the physical cravings – but those mental urges, those subconscious thoughts that tell us to reach for a cigarette, they’re still very much in place.
Overcoming nicotine addiction, therefore, requires smokers to tackle the mental battle head-on. This battle rages in your subconscious thanks to top-down processing.
How Hypnotherapy Can Help You Quit
One theory of why hypnotherapy works for nicotine addiction is that it provides us with the ability to reframe our top-down thoughts.
When you experience stimuli that may cause a craving, the mind already has associations in place that influence the response. You feel stress. The stress triggers thoughts of smoking as a stress reliever. And you react.
But hypnotherapy helps you get to a frame of mind in which you alter these negative thought processes.
How? Well, during a session, you follow relaxation and breathing techniques to reach a trance-like state. This frame of mind is similar to daydreaming; you’re aware, but at the same time, the mind is disconnected.
While in the trance-state, your mind is much more open to suggestions. It’s detached from the critical, conscious mind – the part of the mind that’s constantly looking for reasons to stay a smoker.
Therefore, a hypnotherapist can provide you with more positive suggestions that “stick.” In other words, you’re setting up roadblocks for the automatic, top-down processes that are keeping the addiction in place. So when you experience a smoking trigger, the mind doesn’t automatically react – it slows down and “listens” to this new information you’ve provided.
Using Solution Focused Hypnotherapy and positive suggestions you’ll enjoy a relaxing session to support your decision to stop smoking and make positive changes.
Current research using 6000 smokers (published in the Journal of Applied Psychology), showed that hypnosis, to use the same terminology as the quit counsellor, was three times more effective than Nicotine Replacement Therapy.
Hypnotherapy is a fast, effective and powerful tool for the permanent eradication of unwanted habits and smoking is probably the easiest. The physical addiction is less than 10%; the rest is all in the mind, which can of course be re-educated.
Schedule an appointment today and see the results for yourself.
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