By John Plester, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Norwich, Norfolk
For many smokers, giving up may be just about the most challenging endeavours they have ever taken on. While some are successful at staying motivated to quit, quite a few other smokers find it difficult to maintain their commitment.
Using resolve alone to get over addictions is often an ineffective approach, as it depends on trying to use the conscious mind to override profoundly embedded subconscious behaviours. As the driving forces from the subconscious are commonly unknown to us, this can make the strength of will approach a little like throwing darts in the dark - you might get lucky, but the probabilities are stacked against you.
Knowing the cause of your cigarette addiction might greatly help your likelihood of quitting. For example, do you rely on cigarette smoking when you feel anxious, or do you simply feel you need something to keep you entertained? Developing some comprehension of what drives you to do the stuff you do can help point you in the right direction to discover an appropriate solution. Honesty is usually important; perhaps you’ve tried to give up smoking quite a few times before, and now it’s time for you to acknowledge that you require some assistance.
A hypnotic approach is three hundred percent more useful for some smokers than nicotine replacement therapy treatment alone; this is likely to be because nicotine addiction plays a modest role in a person’s overall cigarette smoking habit. In order to successfully overcome a smoking cigarettes addiction, the subconscious must be taking part. It is for this reason that a hypnotic approach is such an effective approach.
The potency of favourable suggestion may be used by the hypnotherapist after they’ve eased the individual into a state of deep relaxation. Therefore the hypnotherapist can re-educate the subconscious mind to feel differently about cigarette smoking. For example, the hypnotherapist may convince the person that the next time they light up a cigarette, it might make their mouth feel uncomfortably dry, or that tobacco smoke smells horrible, like car exhaust. The individual remains conscious and aware during the entire session; however, the subconscious mind has become employed and influenced, and therefore the new suggestions and visualisations have been more strongly planted than they would be in normal conversation.
Of course everyone is different, and there isn't any one-size-fits-all when it comes to therapeutic processes. Yet quite a few people have found hypnotherapy to be an extremely constructive journey, often feeling more positive after a treatment.
Hypnotherapists have effectively helped lots of smokers beat their addiction. Nonetheless, for hypnosis to fully work, an individual must genuinely want to quit. Through working with both the conscious mind and the subconscious, the chances of you giving up are vastly improved, meaning greater health and a healthier wallet at the end of each month.
I run a two session programme. The first session lasts 90 minutes and this is when you stop smoking using a range of therapeutic methods including hypnosis. The follow up session usually a week later consolidates the change to make it permanent! Before booking, I will ask questions about possible causes to find out if this is just a bad habit or if there are more underlying problems that may require a more intensive programme of treatment.
John Plester has been a Clinical Hypnotherapist at Norwich Hynotherapy Practice for over 15 years and has helped hundreds of clients stop smoking over these years.