Smoking Cessation Therapy
We are all well aware of the effects that smoking can have on our bodies. Smoking is one of the biggest killers in the UK with over 100,000 deaths in the UK attributed to smoking, and many more from smoking-related illnesses. Our approach towards smoking cessation is a tried and tested hypnotherapy approach - a study of over 70,000 smokers conducted by the University of Iowa was published in the New Scientist magazine in 1992 and found that on average, hypnosis proved to be over three times as effective as nicotine replacement methods and 15 times more effective than trying to quit alone
Hypnotherapy works by communicating directly with the subconscious part of the brain that craves the cigarette. During hypnosis, the mind is more open to change, and through use of positive suggestion, reinforcement and visualisation, a therapist can help a person to break their addiction. The advantage of hypnotherapy is that it can help to quit smoking without the side-effects commonly associated with stopping. Since hypnotherapy can also help to tackle habits and cravings, we can build in elements to help prevent turning to food or other comforts instead. We target those cravings and niggling voices inside the head that keep reminding a person that it is time for a cigarette. When those cravings disappear a person can find themselves thinking of the positive things that they do want to achieve, not the negative things that they don’t want to do.
Hypnotherapy cannot make anyone stop smoking – it is not a magic wand and we cannot force somebody do something that they do not want to do. If someone doesn't really want to quit and are grudgingly 'giving up' because a spouse or partner has talked them into it, or hoping that hypnosis will change their mind for them, then hypnotherapy is probably not appropriate and will be a waste of time and money. If, however, a person genuinely wants to quit smoking and embark on a healthier life, then this could be what is required to help get through the chemical and emotional withdrawal stage.