Hypnotherapy Stopping Smoking Why It Makes Sense
In recent years, hypnosis has been steadily gaining popularity as a method of successfully quitting smoking, but misinformation and misunderstanding still abounds as to what hypnosis is and how it actually works.
Hypnosis itself is a normal, natural state. It may come as a surprise to hear that everyone goes in and out of the state of hypnosis on a daily basis. Firstly, it is important to explain that hypnosis is not sleep. It could be described as a state of relaxed awareness where the mind can drift; imagination is heightened and thoughts, feelings and memories not usually accessed in normal waking consciousness come into the awareness. The mind is more open to suggestion, but only within the limits of a person’s values and boundaries. In other words, you cannot be made to do what you do not want to do.
Use hypnotherapy to stop smoking
But how does hypnosis help with quitting smoking? Our mind works on two levels –that which we are conscious of in any one moment, the so-called conscious mind and the real powerhouse, or the unconscious mind which records all our experiences as memories, stores our habitual responses, generates feelings, is the wellspring of our creativity and problem solving and more.
Smoking is a conditioned response, a habit. The mind learned that smoking was acceptable, even desirable and beneficial in certain circumstances and over time generalises the smoking response to more and more everyday situations until a person has a full-blown smoking habit.
If you smoke, have you ever wondered why, in situations where there is absolutely no opportunity to smoke, such as being in a long meeting, or on a plane, or with people you would not smoke in front of, you can go for a significant length of time and feel okay? This is normal and applies to everyone who smokes.
Smoking is a habit and habits are responses which are conditioned to certain situations and opportunities. Smoking is not an addiction, because the body does not go into withdrawal overnight, or after a period of time, as is the case with someone who has an addiction to a substance like heroin. If the nicotine or any other substance in cigarettes was addictive you would need to smoke a significant number first thing in the morning just to stabilise your body and get out of bed!
Still unsure? Do you remember, years ago, there was a well-known children’s entertainer who had spent the earlier years of his life playing in smoke-filled working men’s clubs. He inhaled so much smoke he sadly contracted lung cancer died. He inhaled all that secondary cigarette smoke and yet he never became addicted to smoking himself. Even on a purely behavioural level, this proves smoking is not physically addictive.
Hypnotherapy can help you quit smoking with hypnosis
When a hypnotherapist works with you to help you become a non-smoker, they use the relaxing state of hypnosis to help you alter your thoughts and feelings about smoking and cigarettes, so that you are free from the old conditioned response in the day to day situations of your life. A variety of techniques and positive suggestions will be used, so that you do not have to be reliant on will power alone, although your own motivation is important.
Unfortunately, the other stop smoking methods do not help you address the underlying habit at he level at which it operates, therefore it makes sense to find a hypnotherapist skilled in smoking cessation when you are ready to take back control and make a change for life!
Article Submitted By:
Dawn Salter Hypnotherapist MPHyp MNLP SQHP
Life Change Centre