Hypnosis has a long history and association with those who wish to quit smoking. There are many ways to stop smoking, including good old will power, NHS support and patches. Hypnosis is regarded as one of the more effective and lasting methods.
However, there is still a need to have a strong desire to stop, preferable for yourself and not to please others. The subconscious will try to resist attempts to stop and any lingering uncertainty will help you to not succeed. The good news is if that desire is strong, then hypnosis can and will help. A session of up to 90 minutes with any competent hypnotherapist will allow you to leave their consulting room as a non smoker, you start to save money and more importantly your body starts to recover and undo the damage inflicted by this habit.
I hope you will choose me, but please feel free to telephone and talk to me first and I will try to answer any questions or concerns you have. There is no guarantee, though I wish I could offer this, but I do enjoy a high success rate and charge £75.00.
- A good resource to find other therapists if you wish to compare is http://www.hypnotherapists.org.uk/.
Can a hypnotherapist make you quit smoking?
No! A hypnotherapist can merely help you to quit smoking
I have been working as a hypnotherapist for a number of years and train others to undertake this amazing job. When I talk to people about hypnosis they inevitable say, can you stop someone smoking, (or to lose weight?)
Quitting smoking and losing weight are recognised as the ‘bread and butter’ of a Hypnotherapist’s practice and many people forget or do not realise that a Hypnotherapist deals with a wide variety of problems, smoking and losing weight being only a small part of them.
However, many people who have seen a stage hypnotist perform his ‘amazing control’ over some poor ‘volunteer’ on stage, actually believes that a Hypnotherapist need only put a person into a trance, and with a snap of the fingers command him or her to “STOP SMOKING IMMEDIATELY” and like magic, that person will never smoke again. Of course that is pure nonsense!
Others believe that a Hypnotherapist can implant a suggestion in the mind that makes cigarettes taste repulsive, making it impossible to smoke a cigarette without vomiting. Even though it is possible it is not the way and is less effective over time.
The simple truth is that no Hypnotherapist in the world can make you quit smoking!
- Yes, you read that right! Nobody can make you quit smoking!
However, a competent Hypnotherapist can help you to quit. An ethical therapist will ask you, “Do you want to stop, for you? Not to please another?” Note the emphasis here, it is your desire to quit smoking that counts!
Note the difference. Help you, not stop you. If you do not want to stop smoking, nobody on this earth can make you, unless you are locked up in a room with no windows and a straight jacket. Even if you had no money to buy cigarettes, you would scrounge or beg for them – So when someone asks me if I can stop them smoking, my reply is always,
“No, but if you really do want to stop smoking, and for yourself and not for someone else or if you are not being pressured into it, I can probably succeed in helping you to stop.”
Why is this?
The reason for this is also quite simple. A smoker needs to smoke and that need is at an unconscious level.
As the Unconscious Mind is far, far stronger than the Conscious Mind, it will ALWAYS win a war between the two. Ok, sometimes the Conscious Mind wins a battle – this is more bloody minded determination – and there is a brief period when no smoking takes place, but in the end, the war is won by the Unconscious mind, and smoking takes place.
A good Hypnotherapist, therefore, will know that and deal with the smoking problem at an Unconscious level and even though a smoker may say he or she wants to stop smoking at a conscious level, it is necessary to get the Unconscious to co-operate. Otherwise, the Hypnotherapist is not doing his job.
That’s where hypnosis takes place as it gives a Hypnotherapist access to the Unconscious Mind and with skilful, but sensitive, manipulation, the Unconscious will help the smoker to stop permanently.
Any Hypnotherapist that claims he or she can stop you smoking, is simply taking your money under false pretences.
More information taken from on-line resources
If you have ever tried to quit smoking, you probably know how difficult it can be. Within 5 seconds of taking a puff of smoke, nicotine travels directly to the brain. It tells the brain to release chemicals that make you want to smoke more. Quitting is hard. Usually people make 5 to 7 attempts or more before they are finally able to quit. Studies have shown that each time you try to quit, you will be stronger and will have learned more about what made you slip. Anyone can quit smoking if they set their heart to it and. It does not matter about age, health, or lifestyle. Having a quit plan is important and the support of others is also an important ingredient. The first step in quitting is to pick a quit date, decide a plan on how you are going to quit, keep a positive attitude and go for it!
Common smoking cessation methods…
If you’re a pack-a-day smoker, this means going from 20 to 0 cigarettes in the matter of a day. With the “cold turkey” method, you completely stop your smoking all at once, relying on your will power to fight your nicotine addiction.
A slow gradual reduction in the number of cigarettes you smoke over time is a method that many people try. Methods include smoking only half the cigarette, waiting an hour longer each day before lighting up your first cigarette or smoking only during odd or even hours. Although you are weaning yourself from addiction, you are still prolonging your exposure to the cancer-causing chemicals in tobacco.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)
These products replace some of the nicotine that you used to get from smoking. Nicotine replacement is used to wean you off nicotine by replacing the very high concentrations of nicotine you get from smoking with much lower doses delivered more slowly. It is a means of delivering nicotine without the harmful tar, gases and other elements of smoking. NRT reduces the cravings for cigarettes and the withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting. NRT is the most thoroughly researched method and tests have shown that, used correctly, it will double your chance of success – which is good news for those who have found withdrawal very hard on previous attempts. If you smoke your first cigarette within 30 minutes of waking, then you are more likely to benefit from NRT.
To check you are using NRT properly, always follow the manufacturers’ instructions. Ask your pharmacist or doctor if you are not sure. NRT is much safer than smoking but if you have a medical condition, any health worries or are pregnant, it is important that you talk to your pharmacist /doctor first.
There are several forms of nicotine replacement available – patches, gum, lozenge, nasal spray, inhalator and lollipops. All of these products are available on NHS prescription. In addition, it is possible to purchase them from pharmacists and some are available from supermarkets and other retail outlets. Many of these products offer programmes of support to help smokers through the quitting process.
The patch gives you a continual supply of nicotine at a low dose while you are wearing it – so you can’t respond quickly to a craving or a stressful moment. The gum and the spray deliver a higher dose quickly so you can respond to a craving with a “quick fix”, as with cigarettes. If you smoke steadily through the day, the patch may suit you better. If you smoke mainly in response to cravings or stress, the gum or spray might be more flexible for you. One study has compared the effectiveness of gum, patch, spray and inhalator and found that they are similarly effective.
Patches, Gum, Nasal Spray, Inhalers
Zyban is an anti-smoking pill that seems to reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms and the urge to smoke, and it contains no nicotine. The action of the drug is still not fully understood, but it seems to have an effect on the chemicals in the brain associated with nicotine addiction (which include beta-endorphins, acetylcholine, dopamine and norepinephrine).
Chantix is a selective nicotinic receptor modulator used as part of a program to help you quit smoking.
Low-Level Laser Therapy
Low-level laser therapy utilizes principles similar to the ancient healing art of acupuncture – a technique of inserting and gently stimulating hair-thin needles into specific points of the body to trigger a natural healing response. Low-level lasers simulate a very similar response by emitting a fine-point “cold laser” into your skin which stimulates your body’s endorphin production system. Endorphins are natural chemicals in your body that signal your internal system to decrease stress and increase energy. Consistent absorption of nicotine into your body through cigarette smoking soon allows nicotine to take over and control your body’s endorphin reproduction system. By naturally restoring your body’s endorphin levels through low-level laser therapy, laser intervention can then remove the hold that nicotine has on your system.
Hypnosis may be very beneficial to assist in quitting smoking. The good news is that we learned that hypnosis can be highly effective for smoking cessation; research shows that when done correctly the success rate is slightly above 66%. Compare that to the success rates of trying to quit on your own: 5%, using behaviour therapy 25%, or using Nicotine Replacement Products, 25% and hypnosis looks like the best option out there. In fact, there is no other method supported by research that even comes close.
Acupuncture is a healing technique derived from ancient Chinese medicine. As with hypnosis, acupuncture works for those with a strong desire to quit.