Stop smoking Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy for quitting smoking
So are you ready to commit becoming a non- smoker?
As a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist that is now a non-smoker, I’m passionate about helping people to quit their addiction to nicotine. For over two decades I was stuck in the miserable cycle of stopping, starting and cutting down which seemed like going in and out of a revolving door.
In 2019 I used Solution Focused Hypnotherapy and became a non-smoker. For me, hypnotherapy removed the fear and pain of going cold turkey, I just wish I found it sooner. I’m still a non-smoker and what else can I say apart from….. to this day it still continues to feel great!
If you are ready to become a non- smoker, have a look at these questions:
- Have you tried to stop smoking before?
- Are you doing this for yourself or just because someone else wants you to?
- Would you like to break free from this ball and chain?
- Are you tired of the endless stop start cycle?
- Would you like to benefit from an improved immune system?
The NHS page on smoking related ill health, estimates that in 2019/2020,
35% of all deaths for respiratory diseases along with 25% of all deaths for cancers were estimated to be attributable to smoking.
So why do we still do it, despite it being one of the biggest causes of fatal illness in the UK?
There are certain parts of our brain that do not like change and lock us into a belief that we need it and a fear of how awful we will feel without it.
This belief then makes us think that we need it because it will make us feel better, help us to relax, feel less stressed and that it’s really hard to give up.
In reality these beliefs are false and smoking does the opposite because, it can make us feel more stressed, anxious or even depressed, and giving up can be easy.
Breaking free from smoking is a game changer, which creates a positive momentum for gaining control over other areas of your life.
Clients remark on enjoying higher energy levels, a calmer and more positive mood, an improved sense of taste and smell, healthier teeth and clearer, brighter looking skin.
Hospital and neuroscientific research
Research shows the effectiveness of hypnotherapy as a quit smoking option
For smoking- cessation the efficacy of pharmacotherapy is well documented. However, due to the relapse rates and side effects of pharmacotherapy, hypnotherapy continues to gain interest among smokers considering alternative treatment options.
Hasan et al, (2014) conducted a study to compare the effectiveness of hypnotherapy with nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) in patients hospitalised with cardiac or pulmonary illness. The results were as follows:
“Hypnotherapy patients were more likely than NRT patients to be non -smokers at 12 weeks and 26 weeks after hospitalisation”.
The study concluded that:
“hypnotherapy is more effective than NRT in improving abstinence in patients hospitalised for a smoking related illness and could be an asset to post discharge smoking cessation programs”.
Li et al, in (2017) conducted a neuroscientific study to investigate what is happening in the during hypnosis treatment for nicotine addiction.
*Electroencephalogram (EEG) is a recording of brain activity. An EEG can be used to help diagnose and monitor a number of conditions affecting the brain (NHS).
The EEG brain measured brain activity while it was in the state of
Hypnotic induction. The EEG results found that after the hypnotic induction, there was a reduction in the brain activity responsible for cigarette craving.
In (2019) a further study conducted by Li et al again using an EEG, found a top down regulation from the human brain’s pre- frontal cortex to the insula via hypnotic suggestion had resulted in a reduction in smoking craving.
The 2017 and 2019 neurobiological evidence from the EEG results showed that hypnotherapy reduced smoking craving by both hypnotic induction and suggestion.
So why use Hypnotherapy to quit smoking?
The good news is, that if you are ready to commit to becoming a non-smoker, or a non-vaper hypnotherapy is an easy and effective way to quit.
People who have used hypnotherapy to quit smoking, find that they don’t gain weight or experience as many unpleasant withdrawal symptoms that quitters who have tried other methods often report.
Once you have made that 7/10 decision that you really want to quit smoking or vaping, it can be achieved that in a single session that lasts around 2 hours. In the first part of the session I use psychotherapy to help you understand what drives your smoking or vaping habit. In the second part of the session I use hypnosis to overwrite your existing subconscious story that you need to smoke or vape with a new subconscious story that you don’t need to smoke or vape. Hypnosis is a deeply relaxing technique of transformative rest and can feel a bit like being in a daydream. It is the relaxation effect gained from hypnosis that helps better cope with nicotine addiction and withdrawal.
Hypnotherapy provides you with the tools that empower you to leave the session as a non-smoker or non-vaper and the aftercare to remain a non- smoker or non-vaper.