Kicking the smoking habit can be a real challenge for many smokers. It is a common fact that smoking is a deadly habit. Smokers have a greater risk of developing cancer, heart and lung disease, strokes, and a whole gamut of other health problems. Smoke cessation is difficult because nicotine is a powerful and addictive substance. Even smokers with the strongest of will power have a hard time staying smoke-free. People who have tried conventional ways of quitting smoking, like patches, gums, counseling and other methods, but failed in the attempt are often discouraged that nothing will work for them. However, there is outstanding evidence that smoking cessation hypnosis can help.
Hypnotherapy is a way to help the client fundamentally change his or her attitude about smoking. When a person is in a hypnotic state, this is a state of mind that borders between awake and asleep. During this time, the person is most receptive to suggestions. With the right guidance from a hypnotherapist, the person can change his or her desire for smoking, thus avoiding lighting up a cigarette.
Unlike what you may see on stage shows put on by stage hypnotists, a person in a hypnotic state cannot be made to do something against his will. Tests on brain activity of clients during a hypnotherapy session showed that the level of neurological activity is quite high. The brain is working actively, processing input and storing information. New information can be imprinted in the brain at a deep level, so deep that it can change a person’s fundamental beliefs.
A person’s action is often guided by his beliefs. If a person can fundamentally believe that smoking will do irreparable harm to his body, not just a superficial belief that smoking is bad for one’s health, this may be effective in deterring his desire to light up a cigarette. This positive behavior can last for days, weeks, or months, depending on the individual. Repeat hypnotherapy sessions can reinforce this positive suggestion until the desire for smoking is completely gone.
Many ex-smokers have reported success through the use of hypnotherapy. This method has the advantage that it is drug-free and not dependent on any props. Hypnotherapy can help to redirect one’s desire every time there is temptation to smoke.
If you have been trying unsuccessfully to stop smoking, hypnotherapy is a method that you should definitely consider. There is nothing to lose, and everything to gain. Try smoking cessation hypnosis!