Hypnotherapy and Quitting Smoking

The 1988 report of the US Surgeon General identified cigarette smoking as nicotine addiction.

·  The UK Royal College of Physicians also concluded that “nicotine is an addictive drug on par with heroin and cocaine, and that the primary purpose of smoking tobacco is to deliver a dose of nicotine rapidly to the brain.”

smoking* The American Heart Organization states that nicotine is “an addictive drug, which causes changes in the brain that make people want to use it more and more.  In addition, as an  addictive drug it causes unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. The good feelings that result when an addictive drug is present — and the bad feelings when it’s absent — make breaking any addiction very difficult. Nicotine addiction has historically been one of the hardest addictions to break.”

What is the impact on the body?

  • Nicotine causes a short-term increase in blood pressure, heart rate and the flow of blood from the heart and leads to the arteries to narrow and harden.
  • The obvious potential impact on health – cancer, heart attacks, strokes etc.

With all of these risks; shortened life span, reduced quality of life, why is it then that so many smokers are unable to quit?

The above quotes give us the answer. Nicotine is an addictive drug. Quitting smoking means having to deal with both psychological addiction and the physical withdrawal symptoms; which include:

  • irritability
  • impatience
  • hostility
  • anxiety
  • depressed mood
  • difficulty concentrating
  • restlessness
  • decreased heart rate
  • increased appetite or weight gain

Hypnosis provides major support in both areas.

Using hypnotherapy a skilled therapist can work at the subconscious level to address the psychological reasons why a person smokes.

Meanwhile, hypnosis helps to reduce, and often eliminate the physical symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.

Quitting smoking is not an easy challenge, especially for a person who has smoked for many years.

But hypnotherapy can make that challenge far easier to overcome than it would otherwise be.

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