It follows that learning to stop might also not be an easy or pleasant experience, and when people decide to stop, they initially try many ways to stop smoking such as patches, special chewing gum, e-cigarettes etc. before trying Hypnotherapy.
Many come with the belief that all they have to do is sit in the chair, hand over responsibility to the Hypnotherapist and take no part in the process of stopping smoking.
This is not the case and it takes commitment, determination and practice to stop and hypnosis could be an effective way to give up.
Why people smoke
There are various reasons people give for smoking:
I smoke when I am stressed
I smoke when I am bored
I smoke when I need to relax and so on
But there are other reasons, both conscious and unconscious, that affect our inability to stop smoking.
When you light a cigarette, from the opening of the packet, the lighting of the cigarette, to the first smoke inhalation is a process that usually takes between 10-15 seconds.
Over time, this process become a ‘ritual’ and you must first be aware of the ‘ritual’ before you can change it.
Smoking for relaxation
A common reason or excuse for smoking is for relaxation or in times of stress.
Nicotine does appear to have a sedative effect.
But this is due to the carbon monoxide in the cigarette depleting the oxygen in your system, which creates lethargy not relaxation.
Nicotine is a highly addictive drug.
It gives the smoker a ‘fix’ and the ‘fix’ lasts for approximately seven seconds before the body is craving its next ‘fix’.
Medical evidence has shown that 48 hours after stopping smoking no nicotine remains in the body.
The craving for nicotine thereafter is entirely psychological and not a physical need.
Smoking is a habit that operates on many levels and an important one is about identity.
When someone says “I’m a smoker", they effectively ’own' that identity.
So a key issue to address when someone wants to stop smoking is how they are going to identify themselves in the future.
How Hypnotherapy can help
When you come for your first session I will take a case history. We will also discuss why you smoke and one or several reasons will usually come to the fore.
Where appropriate we will agree different and workable strategies for managing rituals, relaxation, stress, addiction, identity etc.
One of the strategies will be the use of hypnotherapy to help you relax into an “altered state of consciousness” to utilise suggestibility to help you increase your determination to stop smoking and remain a non-smoker.
This will obviously work in conjunction with you employing your new strategies.
For the truly committed, hypnotherapy could be an effective way to stop smoking.
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Pat Truman de Reimers