Hypnosis for smoking and how it can help you to quit
Smoking is an unhealthy and expensive habit. And if you’ve ever tried to quit smoking before, you’ve probably already tried going cold turkey, using nicotine patches or replacement medications, but have you ever thought about hypnosis for smoking and how it can help you?
Will hypnosis for smoking actually work?
That is usually the first question people have: “will hypnosis for smoking actually help me to quit?”. That is a very fair question too, after all, it’s possible (and even probable) that you’ve attempted to quit many times before using other methods, so why should hypnosis for smoking be any different? We will get to that shortly.
To answer the question in short for now, yes, hypnosis for smoking can and does work for the vast majority of people. It is a safe and effective long-term solution for quitting smoking cigarettes for good. Many medical practitioners will attest to its efficacy as a quit-smoking method that delivers results that outlast those of more traditional methods, however you have to want the results. For those who are ready to quit, hypnosis for smoking can be very effective, however if you are not ready to quit, you want to quit for someone else’s sake, or maybe you feel that you should quit but you really rather would not, then this is probably not the right method for you.
How does hypnosis for smoking work?
Very simply put, when you undergo hypnosis for smoking, under the guidance of your therapist you are able to reframe your thoughts around smoking and therefore change your perspective. The ultimate goal of the hypnotherapy is to reframe the subconscious thought process, which in turn allows you to turn off smoking triggers and cravings before they can take hold.
Your therapist will guide you into an altered state of focus. They do this using relaxing speech and imagery. Once you’re in the hypnotic state, your therapist will talk to you about the negative effects of smoking, about strategies and techniques that you can use to help you combat triggers and cravings. In this way, they are able to communicate and reinforce the need for you to quit smoking to your subconscious mind.
What does hypnosis for smoking feel like?
People who have undergone hypnosis for smoking will describe feelings of deep relaxation and clear focus. Many professionals describe hypnosis as an altered state of consciousness, almost as if you’re daydreaming. Contrary to what some people will have you believe, you are NOT unconscious during hypnotherapy, so whilst you might appear to be asleep, you are in fact fully conscious, just in a state of deep concentration. Studies have documented a very high level of neurological activity occurring during hypnosis.
During hypnosis for smoking, you will remain aware of your surroundings at all times. You cannot be made to do anything against your will, and you can ask to stop the session at any point if you wish to do so.
Why hypnosis for smoking is different to other quitting methods
Ask anyone who has tried to quit smoking before and they are likely to tell you that they have tried more than once. This is large attributed to by the fact that nicotine addiction is more than just a physical addiction, it is deeply connected to the subconscious mind, attached to various activities and situations that trigger cravings. Therefore, there is always a temptation to go back and pick it up again.
When you choose to undergo hypnosis for smoking, your perspective is reframed. One way to explain this, is that many people who quit smoking will consider and even talk about themselves as an “ex-smoker”. This might sound like a valid perspective at first, but when you think about it, this type of labelling in the mind is exactly the reason for the tendency to relapse and the following failed attempts to quit again.
Hypnosis for smoking reframes your perspective so you can quit
We’ve mentioned it a few times now: nicotine addiction is rooted in the subconscious mind. Hypnosis for smoking allows you to tap into that subconscious mind and turn the nicotine switch off. Cigarette cravings can be triggered by so many things and quite often are specific to the individual. Some common triggers include stressful events or situations and social settings, through to simple activities such as driving, drinking coffee, alcohol, or mealtimes. Hypnosis for smoking helps you to turn off that subconscious voice that begs for a cigarette every time that you find yourself in a triggering situation.
Once you understand and appreciate that there is a mental addiction to smoking that is controlled by your subconscious thoughts, it is easy to see why quit-smoking aids like nicotine patches and sprays don’t work. Whilst nicotine replacement therapies (known as NRTs) can certainly replace the body’s physical craving for nicotine, the mental urges still remain there, making it difficult to quit. Hypnosis for smoking is known to be effective in breaking that cycle of thoughts and turning them off.
Want to know more about hypnosis for smoking?
If you think you might be ready to take a step towards a healthier, smoke-free future, or if you would like to know more about hypnosis for smoking, please contact us today. We can see if hypnotherapy is a suitable option for you, and if so we can get you started on your way towards a healthier future free from cigarettes!