In this article in the series of informative articles on Hypnosis, we look at how hypnotherapy can be used to help people to stop smoking immediately and permanently.
Hypnotherapy to stop smoking is recognised as one of the most successful methods for helping people to quit the habit. So how does it work?
So many people feel that smoking is such a terribly addictive habit and there is no simple way to stop. Many just don't even try. Others try half-heartedly but are back on the weed within a day or so. Some are really determined to stop smoking and look for the best way to do it. Some people actually succeed with sheer will power. Others try nicotine patches or gum to relieve the craving.
Many more turn to alternative treatments and therapies as they grow in popularity over mainstream methods. In an extensive study taken at the end of the last century, hypnotherapy came out as the most successful method to quit smoking. Let's take a look at how and why hypnotherapy works so well in helping people to stop smoking.
A good hypnotherapist will know that when a smoker comes to visit them, that person is desperate to stop smoking. It takes an enormous amount of courage to venture into the unknown. Hypnotherapy can be a daunting prospect for the uninitiated. However, the practitioner of hypnotherapy has a great advantage over other methods used to quit smoking. That's because in most cases, hypnotherapy is the determined quitter's last resort. They are ready and prepared to give it their best shot.
Armed with this knowledge, the hypnotherapist has all the ammunition necessary to help their client stop smoking there and then. As soon as the client has settled down in the big comfy chair, the hypnotherapist will launch into a barrage of reasons why smoking is so bad for them and follow up with a whole host of reasons why they should stop smoking, here and now.
While still reeling from the overload of information of why they absolutely should quit smoking, the client is then gently placed into hypnosis by a relaxation method known as progressive relaxation. This is where the skilled hypnotherapist uses verbal hypnotherapy techniques to relax the client's entire body in such a way as to make them feel perfectly at ease and not threatened in any way.
Hypnotherapy relies on a person being in a hypnotic state in order to deliver the carefully crafted suggestions directly to the subconscious part of their mind. These suggestions will then take root in the subconscious and become a part of the person's normal mind-set that will bring about the change in their thought process that will make it feel natural to be a non smoker.
This apparently minor detail is, in fact, very important. It is easier to stop smoking when a person believes that they are a non smoker rather than someone who is just giving up, or who has quit smoking, which imply the person was a smoker. This remains at the back of their minds and could lead to them reverting back to the habit if subjected to certain temptations.
However a person with the mindset of a non-smoker is not so vulnerable to the temptation to restart smoking, as that old habit has been effectively forgotten. In its simplest terms, someone who believes they have quit smoking was once a smoker. Someone who believes they are a non smoker is a person who doesn't smoke. There is a world of difference in those two statements and the good hypnotherapist knows this.
As to the actual suggestions used in a quit smoking session, these use the client's own reasons for wanting to stop smoking, combined with standard reusable texts. For instance, everyone who smokes and wants to quit knows about the dangers to health. The hypnotherapist uses this knowledge to cite the pain and pleasure principle, where a person naturally moves away from pain towards pleasure.
In the smoker's case, the pain is in degrading health. Things like shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, reduction in the senses of taste and smell, the dangers of thrombosis and eventual limb amputation are all considered as pain. The smoker doesn't want that, but does want pleasure.
The pleasure in being free from smoking is the return to good health and fitness, waking up in the morning without the painful coughing fits, the return of taste and smell, the knowledge that they have a better chance at a longer life-span so they can watch their kids and grandchildren grow up. Those sort of things make great suggestions that reinforce the clients desire to stop smoking.
Additionally, the subliminal stop smoking suggestions that are embedded in the background music used in the hypnotherapist's practice add weight to the verbal suggestions. Combined, these suggestions give the client the very best chance that they will walk away from the hypnotherapist a non smoker.
Combined with an absolute mine of information on the dangers of smoking and the many reasons it's desirable to quit smoking together with powerful hypnotic suggestions designed to create the mindset of a non smoker in the client, the skilled hypnotherapist will engineer the change that will enable their client to leave their practice as a non-smoker after only a single session. This is why hypnotherapy is recognised as the most successful way to stop smoking in existence today.
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Last Updated on Fri 6 May, 2022