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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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Hypnotherapy to Quit Smoking

It is important to understand that the nicotine addiction is not the main problem in stopping smoking. Nicotine can be out of your system in as little as three to four days.

With this in mind, one might ask why it is that people can give up smoking for one, two or maybe three months and then drift back to cigarettes.

The reason is simply that they have never overcome the psychological habit of being a smoker. The habit is lodged in the subconscious mind and there it remains even though the conscious mind may not be aware of its presence, although it may show up as increased levels of anger or an increased desire for food.

This is why hypnosis is such a powerful tool in any quit smoking plan. Using hypnosis, I can work with the subconscious to discover the underlying reasons why the subconscious believes you need to smoke. I can then work with the subconscious to help it find more effective and non-destructive strategies to meet that need.

Also, using a combination of hypnosis and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) I dramatically reduce the discomfort of withdrawal, often eliminating them completely.

There is also a strong possibility that the nagging desire that this habit creates may gradually wear the ex-smoker down, until, in a moment of stress or weakness they give in and light that first cigarette.

Hypnotherapy is designed to overcome the psychological addiction. Hypnosis allows the habit of being a smoker to be replaced with the habit of being a non-smoker. Hypnosis will strengthen the desire and motivation of the person to stop smoking in exactly the same way that Hypnosis is used by sports people to increase their motivation and performance.

It doesn’t matter:

  • How heavily you smoke:
  • How long you have smoked;
  • How often you have unsuccessfully tried to stop.

It does matter

  • That you have a strong desire to break the habit;
  • That it must be your own decision to stop smoking.

Click here to contact me either by email of phone. I am happy to confidentially answer any questions you may have about hypnotherapy and quitting smoking.

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Hypnotherapy to Quit Smoking

An study reported in Science Daily demonstrated significant results with using hypnotherapy to assist with quitting smoking.

Hospitalized patients who smoke may be more likely to quit smoking through the use of hypnotherapy than patients using other smoking cessation methods. A new study  shows that smoking patients who participated in one hypnotherapy session were more likely to be nonsmokers at 6 months compared with patients using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) alone or patients who quit “cold turkey.

Our results showed that hypnotherapy resulted in higher quit rates compared with NRT alone,” said Faysal Hasan, MD, FCCP, North Shore Medical Center, Salem, MA. “Hypnotherapy appears to be quite effective and a good modality to incorporate into a smoking cessation program after hospital discharge.”

Over the years, there have been many carefully designed studies that consistently show hypnotherapy as being one of the more effective tools for smoking cessation. This benefit appears to be because hypnotherapy directly addresses the subconscious and its reasons for keeping a smoker smoking.

Most smoking cessation strategies only address the physical withdrawal symptoms of nicotine addiction and while overcoming these symptoms can be extremely challenging, they pass within a few day or weeks. Yet many ex smokers return to their addiction after months or years, long after the physical aspects of the addiction have passed.

This happens because the emotional and subconscious reasons for being driven to smoke have not been addressed and resolved.

You can read the entire article on Science Daily here.

 

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