Smoking Cessation Through HypnosisUsing hypnosis to quit smoking or stop smoking.
Quit Smoking With Hypnosis
Does hypnosis really work for quitting smoking?
Yes, hypnosis works for quitting smoking, yes it does!
First there are some questions to ask yourself.
Are you ready to quit smoking?
- Are you quitting for someone else? Is someone upset with you because you smoke so you are going to try to quit to make them happy? Quitting for another person can be difficult, however hypnosis can help to reinforce the many positive reasons to quit.
- We all know that person who smokes “occasionally.” If you are a regular smoker, you will not be able to smoke once in a while like those people do. Have you thought that just a puff won’t hurt once in a while or smoking at a party occasionally won’t cause the habit to return? When you quit smoking, it will always be a risk to take a puff or smoke one cigarette, and often results in resuming the habit.
- This is also the case with smoking anything else, such as marijuana, vapes or pipes. Hypnosis will help to keep you on track and loving your new life free of the habit of smoking.
- Do you think you might look for reasons to smoke such as, “I had a bad day, I deserve a cigarette.” Something to remember is that difficult days and periods of time are a part of life and using a harmful substance won’t change the difficult time. Using hypnosis will help you remember this and help you move forward in a positive way.
How Does Hypnosis Work For Quitting Smoking?
I have helped many people using hypnotherapy to quit smoking and remain a non-smoker.
Human behavior varies greatly and what is an excellent therapy for one person may not work as well for another.
I have used hypnotherapy for several clients to help them quit smoking and in following up with them, found a variety of results. There are people I meet for the first time who say, “I’m ready to quit today! Let’s do this!” Without question, those people are successful and have one, sometimes two sessions and they have no problem quitting. They don’t use nicotine replacements, they just quit. These are people who are doing it for themselves. They do it because they are ready. They all tell me that the hypnosis helped them get through the initial “hard part” when they otherwise would have been grumpy, angry and rude. They tell me that they don’t think about smoking obsessively like they have when they have tried to quit before. They say it is just easier with hypnotherapy.
I have had other clients who come for their first session who are apprehensive and know that they need to quit smoking for their health, but are reluctant because they enjoy smoking and use it as a coping mechanism.
While these apprehensive stop smoking using hypnosis clients are not the easy open and shut case, it is very possible that hypnotherapy to quit smoking will work well for them also. Sometimes it takes more than 2 or 3 sessions because it is a pattern which is deeply ingrained and requires more work to make new associations to help their conscious and subconscious minds to come into alignment.
When a person has a behavior which isn’t good for them and intellectually they know that it isn’t good for them, yet they find it extremely difficult to stop the behavior, it is because their subconscious mind finds value in the behavior. This is also called “secondary gain.” With smoking there is also the issue of chemical addiction.
An example of a secondary gain for a smoker would be the act of taking a break.
If the smoker works in an office where smoking is only allowed outdoors, the smoker will be sure to take their breaks, go outside and smoke during their workday. At an unconscious level, the smoker sees that their non-smoking co-workers likely don’t take breaks at work and they generally don’t leave their work area to go outside. A positive side to being a smoker is that you have a reason to take a well deserved break from working and go outside for 15 minutes.
The subconscious mind being far more powerful than the conscious mind wants to continue smoking to help the smoker keep the benefit of taking breaks. Intellectually we know that it is fine to take breaks and even good to take breaks at work, but perhaps it appears one must be a smoker to take a real break.
There are many examples of secondary gains with negative behaviors such as smoking.
In hypnotherapy we address all of the possible scenarios of what those might be for a person so that we can find solutions and the negative behavior can be changed. In deciding whether hypnosis might be a good way for someone to quit smoking I always ask what their main reason is for quitting. Usually there are several reasons, however, if the main reason is that they are quitting for someone else, it can be more challenging.
It’s difficult to quit doing something that you enjoy because someone is angry with you. This generally just causes resentment and the person trying to quit isn’t doing it because they really want to. Hypnosis can only work if a person actually perceives their behavior as a problem. Trying to change a behavior because someone else sees it as a problem is not likely.
There are people who have a subconscious pattern of believing that if they have a bad enough day or a rough patch in life, that they deserve to be able to smoke to help them get through it or feel better. It is possible to break that pattern of thinking, but the person must realize that they think this way and come to terms with the fact that smoking doesn’t help them or make anything better, it was simply a vice or a coping mechanism that they used to believe helped them.
There are people who think that when they quit smoking it will be ok to take a puff of a cigarette once in a while or smoke at a party occasionally -this is flawed thinking.
People who try to be an occasional smoker generally resume the habit full force very quickly. This includes anything that can be smoked such as cigars, pipes, vapes and marijuana. Smoking is smoking.
I am of the opinion that hypnosis to stop smoking is definitely worth trying if a person is serious about wanting to quit. It is a healthy drug-free way to change an unwanted behavior without adding a new unwanted behavior such as nicotine replacement. Why replace the drug that you are trying to quit your addiction to with the drug that you are trying to quit your addiction to? That makes no sense.
You Are Ready To Quit Smoking When You Are Doing It for Yourself!
You know you are ready to quit when you are doing it for yourself, for your own health and well being.
You are quitting because you are tired of not feeling well, tired of the cough, tired of the smell of smoke on your clothes, in your hair, in your car. You don’t want to waste thousands of dollars on this habit any longer. You are concerned about your health and want to live a long and healthy life.
Why Choose Hypnotherapy for Quitting Smoking or for Smoking Cessation?
Smoking is simply a pattern.
A pattern or a habit is a way that we learn without knowing how it happens. The good news is that you can quit smoking with hypnotherapy because we can change old patterns and create new patterns.
Hypnosis speaks to that part of the mind that runs patterns and helps it to create a new pattern of being a non-smoker. Once you change your thoughts regarding tobacco, you will be done with that way of life forever and on to a new and healthier life!