How smoking cessation hypnotherapy can help you quit for good.
For many people, smoking is more than just a nicotine fix. In fact, many people might say that smoking is their best friend. It is a habit deeply rooted in the brain, associated with a large number of various feelings and social situations. Smoking cessation hypnotherapy is a safe and effective way to quit smoking for good, by reframing the mind through acting on a person’s underlying impulses to smoke.
Smoking cessation therapy can help you to quit smoking.
In order to understand how and more importantly, why smoking cessation hypnotherapy works, we need to firstly understand why smoking is so addictive. The answer is so simple, and yet so complicated: just like any other addiction, nicotine addiction is deeply set in the subconscious mind. Not only is there a physiological aspect to nicotine addiction, there is the psychological too. This is why despite all the evidence linking smoking and second-hand smoke to serious health concerns such as lung cancer, emphysema, strokes and more, smokers continue to smoke; it’s just so hard to quit. There are many situations and scenarios that can trigger the intense cravings for nicotine: stress, alcohol, mealtimes, boredom, or social situations are just some such examples.
Smoking cessation hypnotherapy can help you switch off these cravings.
How does smoking cessation therapy work?
The goal is to use smoking cessation hypnotherapy to reframe the subconscious thoughts. One way of doing this is to associate smoking with negative things (which is true, anyway!). Hypnosis can be described as an altered state of consciousness, where the person being hypnotized seems to be in a trance-like state (sometimes referred to as hyperfocus).
Whilst you may appear to be asleep during your smoking cessation hypnotherapy session, you are not unconscious. Many people describe the feeling as being very relaxed and focused. Studies have shown that there is a very high level of neurological activity occurring during hypnosis, and this is thought to be one of the reasons that the mind becomes so open to suggestions (in the case of smokers, the suggestion to stop smoking).
Smoking cessation hypnotherapy helps you to reframe your thinking.
The fundamental principle of smoking cessation hypnotherapy is that it helps you to develop a new perspective that allows you to change the negative processes and associations that lead you to want to smoke. This happens because when you’re hypnotized, your frame of mind is similar to when you’re daydreaming, so you’re aware of your surroundings, but your logical mind is detached. You’re therefore more open and receptive to the positive suggestions for behaviour change that your therapist offers you. This means that next time you’re faced with the trigger that once led you to reach for the cigarettes, you no longer automatically react as you once did; you are able to confidently and consistently refuse.
Does smoking cessation hypnotherapy really work?
Can smoking cessation hypnotherapy really make you quit smoking for good? The short answer is yes, it certainly can. Hypnosis is a technique that championed by many health professionals as being safe and effective. It has helped many people who were once smokers to kick the habit once and for all and lead them to live a healthier smoke-free life. Numerous clinical studies have also been conducted that have shown the positive outcomes of hypnosis for quitting smoking in the long-term.
However, smoking cessation hypnotherapy does not work for everybody. In fact, around one in four people cannot successfully be hypnotized. Hypnosis can only work for you if you are consciously committed to quitting smoking. It might not be right for you if you’re not ready to quit, you know you should quit but you really don’t want to, or if you’re quitting because someone else has told you to. You need to be motivated and committed.
How do other methods of quitting smoking compare to smoking cessation hypnotherapy?
No doubt if you’ve ever considered quitting smoking, you’ve come across more than just smoking cessation hypnotherapy in your search for an effective solution. There are a number of different methods and treatments available to help you quit smoking. Sometimes, when used in conjunction with one another, they can work. However, in many cases, the mental addiction that is controlled by your subconscious thoughts prevents stop-smoking aids such as patches and sprays from working. And whilst nicotine replacement therapies can replace your body’s physical craving for nicotine, they do nothing for the mental triggers and urges to smoke. This is where smoking cessation hypnotherapy comes in: it helps you to turn those thoughts off.
Is smoking cessation hypnotherapy safe?
Absolutely. Smoking cessation hypnotherapy poses no risk to the person being hypnotized, nor are there any side-effects (as can happen with some other stop-smoking aids). Contrary to what most people believe, you cannot be hypnotized against your will. As you’ve already read, there is a proportion of people for whom which hypnosis does not work in the first place. You are still aware of your surroundings during hypnosis, and you could stop the session at any time, should you wish to. When your smoking cessation hypnotherapy session is completed, your therapist guides you back to your regular, conscious state and you remember everything that you’ve experienced.
Want more information about smoking cessation hypnotherapy?
If you’re ready to take a step towards quitting smoking cigarettes for good, or if you would like to discuss smoking cessation hypnotherapy with us further, feel free to reach out to us. Our friendly team can arrange a consultation for you so we can determine whether hypnotherapy might be a good fit for you, and if so, facilitate the process so that we can get you smoke-free and healthier, sooner.