There are many ways to quit smoking such as quitting cold turkey, nicotine replacement therapy, and various medications. Each method is unique, and each method has a certain percentage of success for any one individual. For people looking for a method that is a little outside the box, there are also a few alternative therapies that have shown some potential to help people quit. One well-known alternative therapy is hypnotherapy.
Hypnosis can be used for relaxation and meditation. It can also be used to treat specific conditions such as depression, anxiety, and weight control. It can also be used to help people break habits such as smoking.
So I am here to help people quit smoking. If you have a client, family, or friend who is ready to stop smoking, you are welcome to share this information with them. There is a huge amount of variation between practitioners, but this section should give you a rough overview of some pretty universal practices.
At the beginning of the session, you will be offered information about the process and history of Hypnosis. Then, I, your hypnotherapist, will then use an individual method to get you in a trance-like suggestible state. This state has been quite nicely described as feeling similar to the state of mindlessness people occasionally experience when driving a car without consciously thinking, just much more relaxed.
Once you are in a sufficiently suggestible state, I will then start our specific stop smoking session to try and change the way you think about your relationship with tobacco. These are usually based around visualization techniques. For example, you may be prompted to see a skull and cross bones each time you look at a pack of cigarettes as an indication that smoking is poisoning your body, or, perhaps, to imagine writing a good-bye letter to your cigarettes in your mind. You may be asked to visualize what it would be like to look inside your lungs.
A popular method of hypnotherapy for smoking cessation that is used by hypnotherapists worldwide is called Speigles Method. It focuses on three main complementary points:
Smoking is poison for your body.
You need your body to live.
For as long as you want to live you need to treat your body with respect and protection.
It sounds straightforward, but it forms the corner stone of most smoking cessation sessions. I use this method in many parts of my smoking cessation hypnosis.
Regardless of the hypnotherapists’ specific methods of therapy, you will need several sessions to get the full benefit. Many hypnotherapists will refuse to see people that only wish to commit to one session to protect their reputation, so be wary of hypnotherapists that claim they can undo a smoking habit of many years with just one short session.
Any good hypnotherapist will complement their cessation sessions by teaching you stop smoking self hypnosis techniques which encourage you to reinforce the ideas that were planted during the session on your own every few hours or when cravings create a strong desire to smoke.
There are various other ways to explore cessation related hypnosis apart from one to one sessions.
Quitting smoking with hypnotherapy is certainly not for everyone. For other people it could just be the little extra help they need to kick the habit.
Whatever your decision, it is clear that hypnotherapy is not a magic bullet to help you quit smoking. The most effective way to utilize this potentially powerful tool is by combining hypnotherapy with other more traditional methods of quitting such as nicotine patches or gum.
So if you have not tried to quit smoking with hypnosis before and you are out of ideas, perhaps it is worth a try. Wishing you good health and happiness no matter what road you may decide to take.