- Does Hypnosis Work?
- Tom Used Hypnosis to Stop Smoking
- So you know cigarettes are bad for you and you’ve tried really hard to quit smoking. Now what?
- One slip and all that effort wasted
- And every time, it seems like it’s OK to do it. But why?
- So how can you stay stopped?
- If you’re going to quit smoking, do the job right
- But they all miss one vital component – the unconscious mind.
- The 10 Steps to Become a Non-Smoker Course
- The highly unusual thing about 10 Steps to Become a Non-Smoker
- Scare tactics make you smoke more
- Stop smoking when it feels more natural not to smoke
- So here’s how it works;
- What are the ’10 Steps to Become a Non-smoker’?
- 1) Start Undoing the Brainwashing
- 2) The Parasite and the Host
- 3) The Abusive Relationship
- 4) When Smoking Starts to Squeeze
- 5) Breaking the Chains that Bind
- 6) Living under a Dictatorship
- 7) Freedom from Fear
- 8) Living Free
- 9) Avoiding Weight Gain
- 10) The Whole Story
- You also receive a number of extra bonuses…
- Feeling a bit apprehensive about buying from an online hypnosis company?
- The first step is yours to take now…
- Hypnosis to Quit Smoking: Does It Really Work?
- So what is Hypnosis?
- Hypnosis – Does it Help People to Quit Smoking?
- So, Does it Help?
- The Crux of the Matter…
- A natural method to quit smooking for good
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- I Went To Hypnotherapy To Try To Quit Smoking
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Does Hypnosis Work?
Hypnosis, in general, does not work for everyone. About one in four people are not able to be hypnotized. When successful, the intensity of hypnosis can vary from person to person.
How well hypnosis works to help people stop smoking depends on who you ask. Study results have been mixed. In 2010, a systematic review of published studies found that there wasn’t enough evidence to support the use of hypnosis. Another review published in 2012 said that studies do support a possible benefit from the use of hypnosis. In discussing alternative methods for quitting smoking on its web site, the American Cancer Society says that while controlled studies have not supported the effectiveness of hypnosis, there is anecdotal evidence that some people have been helped.
Despite some web sites and promotional materials that say otherwise, hypnosis is not an approved therapy by the American Medical Association (AMA). The organization does not have an official position on the use of hypnosis. A position statement regarding the use of the technique for medical and psychological purposes was rescinded by the AMA in 1987.
Researchers who have studied hypnosis say more, well-conducted studies are needed to determine if hypnosis really helps smokers kick the habit for good, but add that hypnosis remains a hopeful approach and has many other benefits. However, the best way to quit may be to combine several techniques. Patients often require several different strategies along the way.
Tom Used Hypnosis to Stop Smoking
I could not stop smoking, and really wanted to quit.
I have smoked for twenty years, starting my late teens, which I now recognize as especially ridiculous because I was a competitive athlete (in soccer) at the time I started the habit. I have taught overseas for much of my adult life, and several of the countries where I lived (especially Asia and parts of Europe) were more open to public smoking than America is. When I returned home, I realized that I could no longer smoke at restaurants, in people’s homes, and other places I had become accustomed to lighting up, so I felt isolated. My asthma was also exacerbated by smoking, and of course I also knew it is really deadly. But I just could not quit.
To quit in the past, I tried cold turkey (which worked a few times, once for two years), Wellbutrin, nicotine gum, and a nicotine patch. Then about six months ago, I was in treatment for depression and alcohol abuse and my counselor recommended trying clinical hypnosis to quit smoking. Since I wanted to stay away from any sort of chemical treatment (like anti-depressants or even nicotine-based treatments), it interested me. I kind of felt like, why not?
I found hypnosis to be surprisingly accessible and not weird. To me, it seemed like a mixture between a relaxation therapy and a counseling session. I felt really relaxed but not “out of it,” like in the movies. I felt present. I think it has helped me cut down. I haven’t quit, but I smoke about half of what I used to. Smoking isn’t an automatic response for me now. Hypnosis seems to have made me calmer, or at least more aware that I have choices.
I found my hypnotherapist through my chemical dependency counselor. I don’t know that my psychologist would have recommended hypnosis, or my regular doctor who I see for asthma. But they haven’t spoken out against it. I assume they’re just glad to see people try to quit smoking in whatever way possible!
I sensed that some people thought it was weird, and sort of “magical thinking.” But none of my practitioners advised against it, and most people, once you started talking about it, were actually really interested in knowing more about it.
I would say that hypnosis is not for everyone, but it is certainly worth a try. I know that it cannot hurt, and could really help, so why not? I feel the same way about other holistic therapies: I experienced acupuncture and massage therapy when I was in Asia, and both helped me with various health problems from asthma to anxiety.
So you know cigarettes are bad for you and you’ve tried really hard to quit smoking. Now what?
Take a deep breath and relax. I’m not going to start hitting you with endless statistics, or ‘facts’ like ‘Did you know smoking can cause lung cancer?’ You’re not an idiot. You’re not a child.
For whatever reason, you’ve decided to quit smoking and you’re thinking of using hypnosis. So what you really need to know is – why hypnosis, and why should you get this program in particular?
Well, read on to find out how the ’10 Steps to Become a Non-Smoker’ hypnosis download program will stop you smoking in a whole new way that gets round the usual pattern of stop-start-stop-start.
Because you’ve probably experienced it yourself. Several weeks down the road to quitting for good, then…
One slip and all that effort wasted
All those good intentions made; cravings resisted; plans laid and for what?
A few weeks off the cigarettes.
And every time, it seems like it’s OK to do it. But why?
Because addiction is very clever, that’s why, and it works at an unconscious level.
So however strong your conviction is to start with, addiction waits until you are at a ‘low’ point, and then strikes. You know, when you’ve had a fight with your partner or one of ‘those days’ at the office.
And suddenly you find yourself making up the most incredibly creative reasons for why it’s OK to have ‘just that one’.
So how can you stay stopped?
There is a profound difference between a smoker that has stopped smoking and a non-smoker. The smoker courageously resists having a cigarette, while the non-smoker couldn’t think of anything worse than smoking. That’s if they give it a thought at all.
You’ve probably heard those people who quit smoking 10 years ago and still say “Every time I have a beer I still want a cigarette” – if you’re trying to stop smoking that’s a terrifying thing to hear! It makes you think that you’ll be stuck with cravings for the rest of your life, and will be constantly thinking about smoking.
But you don’t have to be that person. They’ve only quit smoking at a conscious level – meaning they decided to stop, and stopped. Unconsciously, smoking still calls to them. So, basically…
If you’re going to quit smoking, do the job right
There are a million and one ways to stop smoking. Nicotine patches, electronic cigarettes, willpower, chewing gum, tablets, lozenges, inhalers and even prescription drugs. In addition, there are plenty of well-meaning people out there willing to tell you how to stop smoking – quit tips are everywhere.
But they all miss one vital component – the unconscious mind.
If you are going to make the effort to free yourself from the terrible effects of smoking, why not do it right? Use a proper smoking cessation program that will leave you free of the desire to smoke.
“I seem quite happy and am enjoying the benefits of not being a smoker. I’ve smoked for 40 years. Now I am enjoying a new life.”
I’ve have had problems with my teeth and have had many pulled. About 2 years ago I quit smoking, I knew I had to if I wanted to save the remaining teeth. And let me tell you, it is a bummer not to be able to eat! I spent good money on a nicotine replacement medicine and I did stop smoking for about 9 months. Then a friend was smoking a cigarette at my house and I smoked one too. It wasn’t long before I was a smoker again. It is depressing and I knew I had to quit again, but couldn’t get myself to do it. I needed help.
I have a friend who suggested your web site. Without knowing anything about hypnosis I dived in. I figured that it had to be a bit like meditation which I do have some practice doing. It seemed to work.
I am amazed at the course you offer. I quit about a week ago after listening to step 7 (for the third time).
I am most amazed that quitting this time was not a struggle and I seem quite happy and am enjoying the benefits of not being a smoker. I’ve smoked for 40 years. Now I am enjoying a new life.
This story came from Linda Harbert who is a Landscape Painter from Oaxaca, Mexico. *
“It has now been 1 month and 3 days.”
I really want to say thank you so much. I used to think I will never be able to quit smoking (more than 1 pack a day) but after downloading the program I did it!!! in just one week. It has been now 1 month and 3 days. Thanks again, Maria
This story came from Maria who is a banker from Ocala, Fl USA *
“I hate cigarettes so much that I am positive I will never smoke again.”
“I had never used hypnosis before and just wasn’t sure I should trust in it to work for me.”
“After smoking for 38 years I wanted to quit but didn’t think I could do it. I decided to try the Quit Smoking Stay Stopped hypnosis download. I listened to it 3 times and set a date to quit. On that date I listened to it just before I smoked for the last time, then just quit, I was able to go 1 maybe 2 days before I would listen to it again to help me get through the urge to smoke, after a week I no longer needed to listen to the hypnosis and don’t need the cigarettes anymore.”
“It has been over 3 months since I last smoked and hate the cigarettes so much that I am positive I will never smoke again.”
“Any smoker who wants to quit but can’t for what ever reason. It worked so well for me that I can’t imagine it not working for anyone who has even a small urge to do it.”
This story came from Steve Weinfurter who is a Supervisor from Kewaskum, Wisconsin USA *
The 10 Steps to Become a Non-Smoker Course
’10 Steps to Become a Non-Smoker’ addresses every single psychological trick that smoking addiction plays on you and frees you from its grip. The hypnosis sessions will gently move your mind from its current addicted state to complete freedom from cigarettes.
No longer will you be controlled by the need to smoke. No more planning your day so you can smoke, no more running outside at work or at parties, no more worrying whether you have enough cigarettes left.
Use hypnosis to quit smoking so you’ll be a real non-smoker afterwards – someone completely disinterested in cigarettes.
The highly unusual thing about 10 Steps to Become a Non-Smoker
So what’s so unique about this program? Well, we tell you to keep smoking.
Seriously, this is not a course where you’re encouraged to have a ‘quit day’ marked on your calendar or are urged to cut back, or switch to a brand you like less. That’s because our course deals with your unconscious mind – you only quit when you reach the stage where you don’t want to smoke any more.
We want the very idea of smoking to start to feel detached from who you are as a person. So detached, in fact, that even the idea of smoking feels a bit strange (which of course it is when you think about it.) The course doesn’t try to directly scare you out of smoking. Why? Well, quite simply because…
Scare tactics make you smoke more
Of course you know all the dangers and how nicotine accelerates aging and damages cells. If fear worked, or just “common sense” you’d have stopped a long time ago.
We don’t aim to use scare tactics because research from the field of neuropsychology has shown that scaring smokers doesn’t help them stop (1) In fact what most smokers do when they’ve been scared is…reach for the cigarettes. Scary anti-smoking pictures of, for example, diseased lungs have been show not to deter smoking but stimulate a part of the brain known as the “craving spot.” (1) (2)
That’s why we take all the pressure off and allow you to gently come to the stage where smoking seems like the wrong thing to do. Then you can truly become a non-smoker.
Stop smoking when it feels more natural not to smoke
Many of our ex-smokers are relieved they could keep smoking during their smoking cessation program, so here it is again just in case:
“You continue to smoke while you progress through the program. You only quit when you don’t want to smoke any more.”
No cold turkey. No stopping before you’re ready. It’s more of a tapering off, until finally you stop buying cigarettes and chuck out all the smoking paraphernalia you’ve accumulated, and become a non-smoker.
So here’s how it works;
- You buy the 10 Step course and instantly get access to the audio hypnosis sessions
- You download them to your computer or device (using our free app)
- Listen to the Learn Self-Hypnosis session first to experience hypnosis
- Then listen to Step One every day for a week, or until you feel ready to move on to Step Two
- You read Mark’s 4-part motivational email course as it gets sent to you
- Keep progressing through the steps and listening to the sessions, putting no pressure on yourself to stop smoking
- When you feel like smoking no longer interests you, you stop.
What are the ’10 Steps to Become a Non-smoker’?
1) Start Undoing the Brainwashing
Over the years, smoking has wormed its way into your life so that it almost feels like it is part of you. This session will help you start to separate yourself from the cigarettes and reclaim your thoughts so that they stop serving the smoking, and serve you instead.
2) The Parasite and the Host
Like any effective parasite, smoking feeds off the host without killing it, for a good long time. And all the time you are paying with your health, youth and vitality, the parasite’s owners are benefitting. This session will help you turn your resources against the parasite, getting rid of the feeling that you’re somehow ‘losing’ something by quitting smoking.
3) The Abusive Relationship
Like any long-term abusive relationship, the abused (you) doesn’t feel like they are being abused until they can take a step back and see what is really going on. Hypnosis is highly effective at getting you to change your perspective, and when you are able to see the relationship between yourself and the cigarettes objectively, your feelings about smoking will change radically.
4) When Smoking Starts to Squeeze
There comes a time in every smoker’s life that the downsides of smoking start to outweigh the perceived benefits. A deeper appreciation of this will help you be clear about the deal you have struck.
5) Breaking the Chains that Bind
After you’ve been smoking for a while, the addictive process changes your psychology so that you develop beliefs which keep you bound to the cigarettes. Unconsciously, you believe that you need cigarettes for certain things in your life. This session will help you undo those beliefs.
6) Living under a Dictatorship
Although it may not feel like it, in effect smoking dictates to you all day long. Or rather, it dictates to your brain, while the rest of your body has to try to survive its side effects. No-one likes to be dictated too, and this session will help increase your motivation to rebel against the cigarettes.
7) Freedom from Fear
Stopping smoking can feel like a leap into the unknown. Some smokers have described it as ‘losing their best friend’. But by now, you will be much clear on the true nature of the relationship, and this session will help you feel energized and excited at the prospect of being free at last.
8) Living Free
After years of smoking, being a non-smoker can take some getting used to, due to the habit patterns formed over the years. Hypnosis helps you to quickly establish new ways of doing things without cigarettes, making being a non-smoker feel natural.
9) Avoiding Weight Gain
Gaining weight is a common fear when giving up smoking. This session will help you maintain a healthy weight, and adopt new healthy habits that will enhance your health even further.
10) The Whole Story
A final session to tie everything together and set you on the right path as a non smoker. Happy travels!
You also receive a number of extra bonuses…
BONUS ONE – Encouragement by email
When you sign up to the quit smoking program, you will receive a series of emails telling you how to use the program and get the results you are looking for. These are from Mark Tyrrell, the creator of ’10 Steps to Become a Non-Smoker’, one of the co-founders of Hypnosis Downloads. Mark is a highly experienced hypnotherapist and psychology trainer. His emails will remind you to keep moving with the program and help you stay focused on the goal.
BONUS TWO – hypnotic training
Although most people find going into hypnosis easy, some need a little longer to get the hang of it. That’s why you also get a free Learn Self-Hypnosis download which will train you to go into hypnosis quickly and easily so you can get the most from your Quit Smoking downloads.
BONUS THREE – Stay Stopped!
We’re also giving away a Stay Stopped download as part of the pack. Stay Stopped is there for you once you have quit smoking, just in case you encounter a situation that makes you think about starting again. With 10 Steps to Become a Non-Smoker it’s unlikely you will ever need it, but it’s a good feeling to know it’s there for you.
Feeling a bit apprehensive about buying from an online hypnosis company?
It’s a problem we’ve struck before. Thanks to stage hypnotists, hypnosis has a tarnished reputation, but as experienced hypnotherapist trainers in business since 1998, we’re on a mission to show the enormous benefits of hypnotherapy.
In the meantime, we hope our full refund gives you peace of mind. We give a full refund on all our products (including 10 Steps to Become a Non-Smoker) within three months of the purchase date. Just send us an email, let us know it hasn’t worked for you, and we’ll refund you, no questions asked.
We also think our course is superb value for money. It costs less than a month of smoking a pack a day – so if you do our course and quit, the course would have paid for itself within a month of you being smoke-free. And as most hypnotherapists charge about $100 an hour, our 12 downloads cost less than two sessions with a practitioner.
The first step is yours to take now…
All you need to do to get yourself on the path to a healthier and less stressful future is to download ’10 Steps to Become a Non-Smoker’ below. You will get immediate access to your program and can take the first step today; just use the button below to order now.
“Now I don’t even want a cigarette. I don’t even want to be around people that smell like smoke.”
“I actually quit smoking a few days before I found the hypnosis downloads. I started doing yoga for the first time in my life and it really changed how I deal with situations. It has inspired me to use healthier outlets instead of toxic crutches to deal with my stressors.
The How to Quit Smoking Hypnosis has taught me the psychological and physical addiction side to smoking and has helped me understand why my body craved nicotine. I smoked for 20 years. Now I don’t even want a cigarette. I don’t even want to be around people that smell like smoke. That makes me almost sick to my stomach. When my body does crave nicotine it doesn’t crave a cigarette, just the nicotine and I let that feeling pass through me. It goes away within a couple minutes. Cigarettes no longer dictate my life. I love letting my hair down and it still smells like shampoo.
I love being able to wear a scented body spray and know that I smell nice not like cigarettes. I am not longer embarrassed about this awful habit. It got to the point where I didn’t enjoy smoking, it was an embarrassing addiction. Thank you”
This story came from Kelly who is a Staff Sergeant in the US Army from Washington, USA. *
“Forget the patches, forget the gum, get this download it really does work…”
I was a little unsure before downloading as it was the first time I had anything to do with hypnosis so I didn’t know if it would work for me.
I’m 41 years of age and have been smoking cigarettes since the age of 11 years. I have lost count of the number of times trying to free myself from the filthy habit. Countless numbers of cigarette packets under the tap, only to buy a pack the next day and choof away with lots of angst.
I purchased your ’10 Steps to Become a Non-Smoker’. I listened to each step about three times a day and some days I listened to 2 steps in 1 day. After 4 days I was ready to stop smoking and I did so. It has been 6.5 weeks since my last cigarette. I managed to stop with the slightest of cravings, your download has made it painless, I just wish I was aware of it 20 years ago. Forget the patches, forget the gum, get this download it really does work.
This story came from Simon Barnees who is an Electrician from Warranwood, Australia *
“After 25 years of smoking I have totally quit…”
I am a general physician dealing in psychotherapy and hypnotherapy. That is a MD GP, pscho-hypnotherapist & EFT’ist.
I divorced and faced bankruptcy several years ago and during that mourning period I felt some pain in my chest. I was smoking one pack/a day for around 26 years. I had an MRI and found that there was a narrowing of 30% in the descending coronary artery, and the situation was serious so I decided to quit.
Several attempts have failed due to “I don’t want to stop smoking because I love it” excuse. This time I really decided to quit and also was trying to go back to my own profession as physician (I was doing marketing training in the pharma industry). I had a chance to train in hypnosis and psychotherapy consecutively. During hypnosis training I decided to quit by the help of hypnosis but to be on the safe side I also started Zyban. I could not find a proper hypnotist here in Turkey (a non-expensive one I mean), so I decided to go through a downloaded recording.
I wanted to stop smoking and needed somebody that was not dictating to me to stop smoking. I listened to the ’10 Steps to Become a Non-Smoker’ downloads at the same time every day. Gradually I refrained from smoking and later I totally quit. I listened the download every day at 11:00 a.m., the time when my urges were highest.
After 25 years of smoking now I have totally quit smoking and can not cope anybody smoking near me. The fume of the cigarette suffocates me. After all those unsuccessful trials, now I feel like I have never smoked cigarettes.
The best part is I can not remember the smoking actions and feelings associated with it. This is the best aid I could have received, and being a medical doctor I recommend the download to my patients who understands clean English.
This story came from Dr Candan Esin MD GP who is a general physician dealing in psychotherapy and hypnotherapy from Istanbul, Turkey *
Hypnosis to Quit Smoking: Does It Really Work?
Most smokers are hooked on a habit they hate. It’s true. The majority of smokers – an estimated 80 percent – would be happy to never smoke another cigarette again.
It makes sense too.
We all know that smoking adversely affects your health. Even moderate smokers have experienced a sore throat or difficulty breathing when climbing a flight of stairs. And, of course, there’s the threat of more serious health consequences. (According to the World Health Organization, tobacco is responsible for 5 million deaths per year worldwide.)
Not to mention, there are dozens of other reasons to quit: To save money, for your kids, for healthier skin, to be more active, etc.
But if most smokers want to quit, have numerous reasons to quit, and know just how detrimental cigarettes are for their health, what’s holding them back?
The reason is simple. Nicotine addiction is deeply rooted in the subconscious mind. Stress, mealtime, driving, drinking alcohol (and the list goes on) all subconsciously trigger thoughts that cause cigarette craving.
But what if there was a way to “shut off” that voice in your head? Or at least reframe subconscious thoughts to think negatively about smoking?
Well, that’s the promise of hypnotherapy for quitting smoking.
With the help of a hypnotherapist or through self-hypnosis, the smoker can begin to untangle and quiet the web of subconscious thoughts that keep the addiction in place.
The Mental Trap: Why You Can’t Quit Smoking
Nicotine is such a hard habit to kick because of the physical and mental addiction. The physical addiction – which can cause withdrawal symptoms – acts as a roadblock for quitting.
Nicotine withdrawal causes:
- Aches and pains
- Sore throat
- Mental sluggishness
But although nicotine withdrawal symptoms are uncomfortable, there’s something going on at a deeper level that makes quitting smoking so difficult.
The mental addiction. Our subconscious thoughts keep the nicotine addiction in place. The subconscious triggers the urge for a cigarette after dinner, or when you get behind the wheel. It’s the subconscious mind that triggers a pang when you’re under stress, or you’ve poured a glass of wine.
This mental battle also explains why most smoking cessation aids like nicotine replacement therapy are mostly ineffective. NRT only eliminates the physical cravings – but those mental urges, those subconscious thoughts that tell us to reach for a cigarette, they’re still very much in place.
Overcoming nicotine addiction, therefore, requires smokers to tackle the mental battle head on. This battle rages in your subconscious thanks to top-down processing.
What is top-down processing? Suppose a smoker who is trying to quit has a big presentation at work. She probably feels stressed out. Stress might then trigger the need for a cigarette. But where does that trigger come from?
Top-down processing might help explain the phenomenon.
In a nutshell, all the sensory information that we collect is sent to the brain – touch, smell, feelings, sights. The raw sensory data is carried to the brain, where it is used to create a conscious impression. Here, the brain shapes emotions and feelings and delivers a response.
In other words, the mind receives the stress signal, it thinks about what’s happening, and then creates a response that’s based on those thoughts.
It’s this process that makes quitting smoking so difficult.
Subconscious thoughts influence our top-down responses. For example, you might associate smoking as a stress reliever, and therefore, your natural response to stress might be to light up.
The key to quitting smoking is all about gaining top-down control – eliminating the automatic response to stimuli that’s keeping your addiction in place.
How Hypnosis Can Help You Quit: An Overview
One theory of why hypnosis works for nicotine addiction: It provides us the ability to reframe our top-down thoughts.
When you experience stimuli that may cause a craving, the mind already has associations in place that influence the response. You feel stress. The stress triggers thoughts of smoking as a stress reliever. And you react.
But hypnosis helps you get to a frame of mind in which you alter these negative thought processes.
How? Well, during hypnosis, you following relaxation and breathing techniques to reach a trance-like state. This frame of mind is similar to daydreaming; you’re aware, but at the same time, the mind is disconnected.
While in the trance-state, your mind is much more open to suggestions. It’s detached from the critical, conscious mind – the part of the mind that’s constantly looking for reasons to stay a smoker.
Therefore, a hypnotherapist can provide you with more positive suggestions that “stick.” In other words, you’re setting up roadblocks for the automatic, top-down processes that are keeping the addiction in place. So when you experience a smoking trigger, the mind doesn’t automatically react – it slows down and “listens” to this new information you’ve provided.
Reframing Your Subconscious Thoughts
Our subconscious thoughts are powerful and they form our perceptions. So when our subconscious tells us it will work, through top-down processing, we send that information back down.
Hypnosis works in a similar fashion. We’re providing our minds with new, more accurate information about smoking.
Hypnotic suggestions – those delivered while in the trance state – might focus on how habits are automatic responses to thoughts and that we have complete control over our thoughts. Or you might be given suggestions that reframe the smell of cigarette smoke, i.e. it smells like burning plastic.
Additionally, one of the most popular hypnosis techniques for smoking cessation is called the Spiegel’s Method. Herbert Spiegel was one of the first psychiatrists to popularize clinical hypnotherapy and was the author of “Trance and Treatment: Clinical Uses of Hypnosis.”
During sessions, Spiegel would provide three suggestions repeated in a hypnosis script including:
- Smoking is poison
- You need your body to live
- You should respect your body and protect it
In other words, Spiegel’s method did not focus on thinking about quitting smoking. Rather, he theorized that having patients focus on respecting the body distracted the attention away from abstinence and ignoring it altogether.
Research Review: Stop Smoking with Hypnosis
We’ve touched on the theory of hypnosis for smoking cessation. But we haven’t yet answered a question that’s on your mind: Can hypnosis really help you quit smoking?
The short answer is yes. Some compelling research has found that hypnosis can be an effective tool for helping you quit – with quit rates that easily beat more traditional methods.
Yet, the consensus seems to be that, like with any smoking cessation program, you have to want the results. Hypnotherapy is not the best option if:
- You feel like you should quit, but really would rather not
- You aren’t ready to quit
- You want to quit for someone else
But if you’re ready, hypnosis can be a powerful tool. A classic hypnosis study looked at the use of hypnotherapy for a range of conditions. The study found that hypnotherapy takes an average of just six hypnotherapy sessions to make long-lasting change, while psychoanalysis takes 600. Plus, hypnosis was highly effective; after 6 sessions 93 percent of participants, while the psychoanalysis group had just a 38 percent recovery rate.
Similarly several other studies have found evidence that hypnosis is a useful treatment for smoking cessation.
A 2007 study from researchers at the American College of Chest Physicians compared hypnosis to nicotine replacement therapy. Fifty percent of patients who were treated in the hypnotherapy group were still quit at 26 weeks compared to just 15.78 percent in the nicotine replacement group. Patients who underwent NRT and hypnotherapy also experienced a 50-percent success rate at 26 weeks.
A 1994 study published in Psychological Reports examined hypnotherapy’s effectiveness combined with aversion therapy. In the study, 93 male and 93 female participants underwent a cessation program combining both methods. After three months, nearly 90 percent of both groups were abstaining from smoking.
In 2001, a study published in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis examined the effectiveness of hypnosis and a rapid smoking protocol for cessation. The results: Of the 43 smokers who underwent treatment, 39 remained smoke-free after 6 months.
Finally, a comprehensive meta-analysis looked at more than 600 studies that examined various smoking cessation methods. More than 70,000 smokers were included in the analysis. Overall, the analysis found some compelling results for hypnosis:
- Hypnosis was deemed two times more effective than self-care methods, like reading self-help books or quitting cold turkey
- Hypnosis was twice as effective as nicotine replacement therapy with nicotine gum
- Hypnosis was three times more effective than physician interventions that involved more than counseling
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Quit Smoking with Hypnosis: Getting Started
Are you ready to live your life smoke-free? Do you want to try hypnosis as a therapy option? You have several methods for using hypnosis to kick your smoking cravings, all of which can help you curb your habit. The three most common include:
- Private Hypnotherapy Sessions – You speak directly with a certified hypnotherapist. During a one-on-one session, which happens over the phone, the hypnotherapist will ask questions about your addiction and then guide you through a hypnosis session.
- Recorded Sessions – Guided hypnosis sessions, usually available on CD or as MP3s, offer a similar experience to private sessions. The key difference is that the session is guided via a recording. You listen to the recording, following the steps to enter into hypnosis.
- Self-Hypnosis – Self-hypnosis tends to play an important role in smoking cessation. If, for example, you started with a private session, you’d likely continue the therapy at home with self-hypnosis. In self-hypnosis, you follow a hypnotic induction to reach the trance state and then read from a hypnosis script to deliver yourself suggestions. A stop smoking hypnosis script can also help.
Bottom line, if you’re ready to quit, hypnosis can help.
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Saying no to a bad habit like smoking, which has become a big part of your lifestyle can be physically and mentally daunting. It can be a nightmarish task to quit smoking and a majority of people try to quit, just to start smoking after a day or two. People that bravely attempt to quit smoking are often so willing to kick that habit that will try a bevy of quit smoking techniques and methods.
While this type of determination is surely appreciated it is very important to understand that while some methods and strategies may work for other, they may not necessarily work for you. Plus, it is also significantly important to get all your facts right when it comes to selecting any particular way to quit smoking.
For example, a majority of people likely resort to using nicotine replacement therapies; products that are laced with a negligible amount of nicotine along with other chemicals like nicotine patches, gum and sprays.
There is no question about the fact that NRT has been clinically determined as a failed quit smoking strategy and more people are beginning to realize it. However, what they often flee to as an alternative method to kick this notorious habit is hypnotherapy. Before explaining whether hypnosis is a reliable and proven method to quit smoking, let’s first find out what it is.
So what is Hypnosis?
Your doctor may recommend going for hypnotherapy when counseling as well as all other conventional methods of quitting smoking fail. The word ‘hypnosis’ means having an ‘altered’ subconscious or being in a changed state of mind and consciousness. The individual when under deep hypnosis slips into a trance like state.
It is said that hypnotherapy works for a wide range of medical ailments, specifically physiological and physical complications. Today, hypnotic techniques and methodologies are applied to individuals that suffer with chronic pain, have speech complications, experiencing weight issues and addictions.
While there a plethora of ways that hypnotherapy supposedly works, there are yet to be any clinical or scientific proof that it work on people that want to permanently say goodbye to smoking.
Hypnosis – Does it Help People to Quit Smoking?
The underlying principle of hypnotherapy treatments to combat addictions is to enable individuals to surface all the unhealthy and bad thoughts and mask them with positive and healthier thoughts. What this means is, when you go into a trance, your subconscious will be altered, and when you wake up, instead of thinking about smoking any time of the day, you might just think about having something or doing something healthy.
The aim of hypnosis is to eliminate the thought of smoking, eliminating your willingness to rely on smoking a cigarette to feel good. It is also stated that patients under hypnosis are asked about their view on the health disadvantages of smoking. The central objective is to highlight the individual’s understanding of some important factors concerning quitting smoking, which are:
- Smoking leads to numerous diseases, which can be fatal
- You should protect your body from this harm
- You need to live and enjoy the time given to you
So, Does it Help?
To be frankly honest, no, hypnotherapy doesn’t work. It is important to understand that there is no substantiated clinical evidence that hypnotherapy completely eliminate an individual’s desire to quit smoking. As a matter of fact, people who do say that they have benefitted from the experience can never present you with the fact and the scientific evidence to back up their claims.
Remember that the so called professional hypnotherapist who is proclaiming that he/she has a 90% success rate in treating smokers – helping them permanently quit smoking is in no way any type of scientific evidence.
If you read the Cochrane Review that delves deep into the matter, scientifically eradicating the fact that hypnotherapy can never work on an individual trying to quit smoking, you won’t trust another ‘online’ hypnotherapist ever again or any hypnotherapist for that matter.
According to the research, it was identified that there has never been or will ever enough scientific proof to validate the reliability and the effects of hypnotherapy. It was also shown that hypnotherapy isn’t as effective as quitting smoking counseling sessions. The positive effects of the method used on smoking cessation were always claimed by sources that remain unconfirmed and invalidated.
So, if that is true, then it could possible means that online hypnotherapists who claim to eradicate your desire to smoke are doing nothing but committing cessation fraud and belongs behind bars. It is nothing but consumer fraud. As for online testimonials, it may be possible that the so-called hypnotherapist may have just engineered all positive feedback and good testimonials himself.
The point here is not to discredit the method in anyway, the point we are trying to make is the fact that you must not rely on a method that has no scientific bedrock nor evidence. Cessation fraud is a misleading and notorious business. The average individual trying to quit can find enough will power to quit smoking once every 3 years. According to medical studies, half of all smokers that have been smoking for a long time die because of it. Shockingly enough, they die thirteen to fourteen years early.
A lot of other smokers are suffering with numerous medical conditions; most have lung transplants while other suffer with chronic health conditions and terminal disease. If the review cited above is true, nothing is more important to establish the fact that it should be criminal for a hypnotherapist to provide false hope and false treatment to a smoking cessation quitter. However, it is also true that if any evidence cannot be found, it doesn’t meant that it will never be found. There might be an expert hypnotherapist you might just devise a fact based methodology to help smoking cessation quitter to kick this nasty habit.
Even if that happens, the professional will not shy away from calling-in all qualified researchers and experts to make the process credible and the results true.
The Crux of the Matter…
It is important to realize that according smoking cessation research, it was identified that people who have the will power and the determination to quit on their own without any external help or resorting to NRTs have a 10% chance of staying nicotine free for at least 6 months and they have a 5% chance of kicking the habit of a full year. This means, that 10% of quitter who have undergone therapy should be able to quit their habit for the next 6 months. But that doesn’t happen to people who choose hypnotherapy to quit smoking because it is a significantly long shot.
Isn’t it shady to hide the effects of hypnotherapy behind the curtain of several other methods of quitting, which mainly include one-on-one consultation, group therapies and counseling, cessation programs that involves educational materials, other programs or getting consultation on the phone with a qualified professional?
If hypnotherapists claim their technique renders satisfying results, why do they feel the need to incorporate a secondary form of quitting smoking technique? Any guesses? No? Well, what they professional do is add a proven cessation methodology with their hypnotherapy session, which enables them to market their skills and programs. And when the individual begins to experience positive results (as a direct outcome of the cessation technique and not hypnotherapy), the certified professional is able to state that his technique works without a doubt.
This isn’t being honest, what they are doing is misleading you to believe and spend on their hypnotherapy programs. They are falsely claiming their strategies work.
A natural method to quit smooking for good
There isn’t any better way to quit smoking then to rely on something non-invasive, completely hassle-free, reliable and with no side effects. Sure, there are a number of other treatment strategies, but none can guarantee an efficient, effective and a more permanent solution to quitting smoking. EaseQuit is your answer – a breakthrough method to help individuals of all ages, regardless of how long they have been smoking. EaseQuit consists of a non-invasive technique to gradually help you put your habit to rest.
The kit comprises of two tiny magnets that are designed to comfortably be attached to both the inside and outside of your ear. The magnets acts as a device to stimulate all the nerve endings in your ear, providing you with the same sort of chemical reaction that you get from smoking a cigarette – only, it is 100% safe and you will never have to worry about any side effects or any sort of withdrawal symptoms.
That is a good question, and to answer simply, why not? Sure, you may argue that there are different methods you can resort to that yield results. For example, nicotine replacement therapy, cessation counseling and quitting cold turkey. However, at the same time, it is also important for you to understand that none of the above mentioned quitting smoking technique yield a permanent solution.
NRTs comprise of nicotine infused products, along with several chemicals that provide you with a slight or negligible nicotine buzz, which you can rely on, but you may never quit using such products. Why? Well, that is primarily because all NRT products contain nicotine. These products keep you psychologically hooked on nicotine and never really extinguish your desire to smoke. So, for example, if you are at home late at night and all out of nicotine gum, patch or a spray, there is a big chance that you might just take out a hidden pack of cigarettes, just for such an occasion.
This isn’t quitting and you will be wasting your money away.
EaseQuit enables you to remain nicotine free – helping you to successfully combat your desire for even 1% of nicotine. By just wearing the magnets on your ear for a couple of hours every day, you can beat your habit. This however, will also enhance your determination and the will power to stay away from cigarettes and NRT products – strengthening your resolution to stay away from smoking.
It is the same with quitting cold turkey. Yes, it can be an effective method, but only if you are ready to constantly deal with nicotine withdrawals, bad mood swings, frustration, fatigue, irregular bowl movements, etc. As a college student or a working individual, you cannot afford to lose your focus or perform poorly in your exams or at the workplace. Quitting cold turkey refers to abruptly stop smoking. This only works every 5% of all quitters that resort to this method, so the odds are stacked against you.
EaseQuit can help you kick the habit without it affecting your day to day life. Plus, you will not have to worry about experiencing discomforting, and at times painful side effects, driving a wench between you and your social and work life. Why go through all that when you can comfortably quit smoking.
What is The EaseQuit Therapy Based On?
EaseQuit is essentially based on auriculotherapy, which is not just a revolutionary method, but one that has been in use for centuries. The therapy primarily consists of applying enough pressure on both your external and internal ear to produce a stimulating effect.
The effects produced by EaseQuit magnets can be very pleasant.
Auriculotherapy comes strongly recommended by various health practitioners as an effective way to beat your smoking habit.
The most amazing thing about EaseQuit is the fact that it is absolutely harmless and causes no discomfort or pain when the magnets are being used. Furthermore, you can wear them while reading a book, keeping your mind of smoking, while stimulating your nerve endings to produce the same effect as smoking.
The Bottom Line
The fact of the matter is, EaseQuit is more effective than hypnotherapy, NRTs and quitting cold turkey. One kit lasts a life time saving you thousands of dollars you might have spent relying on NRT products for the rest of your life.
Background: The main reason for carrying out this study was to realize that tobacco addicted are more than their beliefs, family, social life, religion, profession, and paradigms. Aim: The objective of this project was to help patients quit smoking through hypnosis techniques and, consequently, to help them face quitting methods more comfortably and safely and also avoid relapse. Methods: This project started with a biographical questionnaire, identification of smoker phases and some suggestion hypnotics are also evaluated through classic tests (vigils suggestions) and the Tellegen Absorption Scale. After collecting the data, we proceeded to an intervention plan that in synthesis had the following phases: sessions 3 and 4 aimed at obtaining a hypnotic trance with sufficient stability and depth, we value the state achieved as a medium-deep trance and spontaneous hypnotic phenomena. The next sessions, 5 and 6, we apply as ego strengthening and suggestions to demystify previously recorded thoughts, feelings and, consequently, behavior. Sessions 7 we explain the concept and importance of self-hypnosis. Results: The quantitative results will be presented here to show the effectiveness of the project developed. The most important information is the number of people who interrupted tobacco dependence: 16 (80%) out of 20 quit smoking, of which 10 (50%) were men and 10 (50%) were women. Four patients (20%) did not complete the treatment, 2 men and 2 women. Conclusion: It was possible to verify that quitting smoking through hypnosis is effective, because the smokers can transform their cognitive system and, thereby, they can change, naturally, their biopsychological paradigms in all contexts of their lives.
Hypnosis for quitting smoking – does it work?
We’ve all heard of hypnosis. We’ve seen the mystical, suited professionals on the adverts who promise to free us from addiction forever. We’ve seen Chandler Bing successfully stop smoking (for at least a few seasons of Friends) just by falling asleep to some tapes calling him a strong, confident woman.
Yet, most of us are not quite sure what hypnosis even is. Where did the idea come from? Is it anything to do with snake-charming? And most importantly: can it help break a smoking habit?
We at Quit Genius have dug a little deeper into the subject of hypnosis so that we can help our readers to separate fact from fiction.
The Origins of Hypnosis
Sigmund Freud, the founding father of psychoanalysis, brought hypnosis into the limelight back in the early twentieth century. He was not the first to come up with the idea. However, he was a figurehead for the role hypnosis has played in modern medicine and psychology.
Freud used hypnosis to help his patients access the desires and fears in their unconscious mind. Patients would enter a trance like state and allow their deepest feelings to surface while in conversation with the psychoanalyst. Freud theorised that this would allow them to release debilitating emotions and recover from their distress, or hysteria.
Now, Freud was actually a pretty poor hypnotist (and smoked like a chimney). Still, modern health professionals have found Freud’s ideas about hypnosis to be useful. This is because hypnosis provides an altered state of awareness. This can allow access to the subconscious mind. The person can then channel and address underlying desires and fears to help them work towards important goals.
How Hypnosis Works
Hypnosis experts often help people with goals to improve their health. Quitting smoking is a common health goal. We all know the benefits of being a non-smoker: healthier skin, a longer life-expectancy and significantly reduced risks of a heart attack or lung cancer.
You are likely to have some misgivings about the concept of hypnosis and how it works for smoking cessation. The idea of being seduced into a trance by a stranger is rather daunting. Hypnosis in the media doesn’t help. You think of it as something entertainers like David Blaine might do to embarrass audience members at magic shows.
If you are considering hypnotherapy, we are here to assure you that Derren Brown isn’t going to rock up and trick you into drinking a bottle of vinegar. Professional hypnotherapists don’t aim to make you do things you don’t want to. In fact, evidence suggests that hypnosis does not work unless the subject has existing intentions to achieve something.
So, hypnosis involves amplifying existing desires – like the wish to quit smoking!
Now, what actually happens during a hypnotherapy session?
There are several methods of inducing hypnosis, none of which involve swinging a watch in front of the eyes (this is a Hollywood myth). This rapid movement would be distracting. Hypnosis is all about focus.
Hypnotic induction techniques are meant to quiet the conscious mind and achieve a trance like state. Therapists use combinations of suggestions and words to have this effect on clients. Hypnotic induction can occur within guided sessions or through the use of administered tapes (self-hypnosis).
Entering a hypnotic trance is not the same as being asleep. It is a very deep state of altered awareness. Scans have show that people actually experience more brain activity during hypnosis. This heightened brain activity is meant to allow a person to focus in on their specific goal.
Psychologists have proposed that some individuals frequently enter trance like states. Have you ever been so in the zone with a project that you forgot to get lunch? This intense concentration or ‘flow’ is known as a spontaneous trance, whereas a hypnotic trance is induced and much, much deeper.
Therapists introduce ‘hypnotic suggestions’ to clients once they enter a trance. These are statements encouraging goals for control, confidence and a life free from smoking.
The client is often asked to visualise certain things. These could be positive aspects of a future as a non-smoker. They could also be unpleasant sensations associated with current smoking habits.
Some therapists will follow standardised scripts for these tasks. But hypnosis sessions can vary a lot. Hypnosis does not share the same evidence base as other treatments for smoking addiction. This means that there are not the same established protocols as methods like cognitive-behavioural therapy.
Does Hypnosis Work for Quitting Smoking?
The evidence for hypnosis as a successful smoking cessation method is a mixed bag.
Some studies have seen high success rates, whilst others are more modest. A review of 59 different trials found that hypnosis is often better than no support at all. However, researchers did not find hypnosis to be any more effective than the other available addiction treatments.
We also don’t know why hypnosis works in the first place.
A study by McNeilly and colleagues found that hypnosis may help quitters to focus on their own resources to curb cigarette cravings. Other researchers have suggested that success rates are caused by the relaxation effects of hypnosis. These might allow people to cope with nicotine addiction and nicotine withdrawal. So, would yoga be just as useful?
Psychologists Spiegel and Greenleaf also point out that around one in four people cannot enter a hypnotic trance (these are the people Derren Brown doesn’t pick for his TV shows). Is it fair to advocate a smoking cessation method not everyone can benefit from?
As we have mentioned, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) has a lot more scientific support than hypnosis. CBT involves consciously moving towards goals. This is done by considering thoughts, feelings and behaviours that might be keeping a smoking addiction going. Being aware of these triggers allows people to systematically work towards being smoke-free.
Still, seeking out CBT treatment may be significantly more effort than sticking on a hypnosis tape. NHS clinics have long waiting lists and private therapy is expensive.
The good news is, there are digital apps, like Quit Genius, that follow a program founded on supportable CBT methods. These offer a cheap and convenient way of receiving one-to-one coaching through the difficult process of quitting smoking.
Take home message
So, does hypnosis work for quitting smoking?
Basically, it can work, but it’s not clear why. Staying curious is good, so thanks for taking the time to read this post. Who knows? Hypnosis could be just right for you.
What we can tell you is that our Quit Genius app follows the gold standard CBT methods for tackling addiction. We have helped over 35,000 people quit smoking and we aim to help many more. Start your journey ->
Is quitting smoking thanks to hypnosis possible?
How is hypnosis used in the smoking cessation process?
When a smoker takes a cigarette, he/she inhales nicotine but also thousands of other chemical products. Nicotine is often mentioned because it can be considered a genuine drug as it releases dopamine, which is frequently referred to as the pleasure chemical. Thus, each time he/she smokes a cigarette, the smoker will experience a general feeling of well-being, which increases the dependence, all the more so as the cigarette is generally associated with specific moments such as during a coffee break or after a meal.
Thanks to hypnosis, the practitioner is targeting the patient’s habits in order to change them. He will also focus on the control of emotions so as to diminish the frustration the patient can feel as well as the withdrawal symptoms he/she may experience. Another method aims at sparking off a feeling of disgust regarding the taste of tobacco so that the patient will immediately put a cigarette down when he/she puts one between his/her lips.
Can I quit smoking with hypnosis? Looking at the evidence for hypnosis in smoking cessation
If adverts for hypnotherapy services are any guide then its use in helping people to quit smoking must be one of the most popular (and effective!) applications of hypnosis. Most of us will know someone who has tried hypnosis to help them give up, and many different programs for smoking cessation have been developed – invariably claiming high rates of success. But what is involved in a hypnotherapeutic treatment, and how effective are they? Thankfully many research studies have been done, and we have good evidence about the use of hypnosis to treat smoking.
How hypnosis is used for smoking cessation
Hypnotic techniques commonly used to treat smoking often include inviting smokers to imaginately associate (visualise) cigarettes with unpleasant situations such as a dry mouth, bus fumes, or with negative outcomes such as cancer. Suggestions are often given to encourage smokers to believe that they will lose the desire to smoke, and also aim to help them cope with withdrawal. A popular technique called Spiegel’s method encourages smokers to concentrate on three ideas: 1) smoking is a poison for your body; 2) you need your body to live; 3) to the extent that you want to live, you owe your body respect and protection. Smokers are taught self-hypnosis and are encouraged to repeat these ideas every few hours, and any time they experience an urge to smoke. Covino and Bottari (2001) discuss treatment techniques in more detail.
Hypnosis isn’t the only way to treat smoking. Many other approaches, such as cognitive behavioural treatments, have beeen developed and as a result there is a real methodological rigour available to the field – essentially we know what makes a good (relatively unbiased) study. Key factors are:
- adequate follow-up: it’s ok motivating someone to quit for a week, but we’re really interested in long-term abstinence
- chemical measures of abstinence: it’s one thing for a participant to tell you they’ve quit, but the chemical tests of abstinence aren’t subject to the same biases
- a control group: some studies only report data from a treatment group. But some of these people might have quit anyway (people try and quit all the time) so you need a control group to help you assess how effective your treatment it
- randomisation: you need to randomise participants into a control group and a treatment group. Otherwise you could just end up with highly motivated people in your hypnosis group and unmotivated people in your control group. This wouldn’t give a fair indication of how effective hypnosis is.
When we look at the outcome of studies we have to look at the quality of the studies as well as the results. Because so many studies have examinined the use of hypnosis for smoking cessation it is possible to systematically review all of these results:
- Green and Lynn (2000) Green and Lynn reviewed the results of 59 studies of hypnosis and smoking cessation. These studies included ‘clinical reports’ (which failed to include no-treatment control groups) and ‘experimental research’ (the best of which randomised participants to control and treatment conditions). The best of the research indicated that hypnosis was superior to a wait-list control group, which makes hypnosis an empirically supported treatment for smoking cessation. The effects of hypnosis were found to be generally comparable to non-hypnotic treatments. The evidence as to whether hypnosis was superior to placebo was inconclusive. The evidence for whether hypnotic susceptibility is related to treatment success was also mixed.
- Abbot, Stead, White & Barnes (1998) This is a Cochrane Review examining the use of hypnosis to promote smoking cessation. Cochrane Reviews are high-quality reviews of the scientific literature and are regularly updated. They looked at nine studies which compared hypnotherapy with control conditions. They used a high quality (strict) test of outcome by looking at studies which measured abstinence from smoking after at least six months follow up. They used biochemically validated rates where possible. The reports of success were highly variable (Some studies claiming very high success, some very low. This isn’t what scientists like to see in studies – you normally expect to see treatment X having effect Y. If it isn’t reliable then there is often something else going on which you haven’t accounted for). With such variable data they were not able to demonstrate that hypnotherapy has a greater effect compared to other interventions or no treatment.
Non-hypnotic treatments for smoking cessation
- A 2004 Cochrane Review which looked at 123 studies found that nicotine replacement therapies (gum, inhaler, lozenge, patches) reliably help smokers to quit – almost doubling their odds of being abstinent at a 6 month follow-up.
- A separate Cochrane Review looked at the effectiveness of telephone counselling in helping smokers to quit. An analysis of 48 trials indicated a moderate effect (odds ratio approximately 1.4), with a dose-effect evident – i.e. more calls to the helpline proved to be more helpful. Overall three or more calls increased a persons odds of quitting compared to just being given self-help materials.
I Went To Hypnotherapy To Try To Quit Smoking
“Have you ever been hypnotised before?” she asked while scribbling on a clipboard. No I hadn’t. “It’s not like TV at all. It’s not going to be like that.”
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I stopped looking around the room for a stack of pendulums or giant black and white vortex coins.
“Well I guess you’ve done a lot of reading about it?”
No. I hadn’t done that either. I feel that hypnotism works if you want it to work and I wasn’t about to do a stack of research that might turn me into a sceptic. I really wanted this to work.
I sit back on a long black recliner lounge. The type you imagine in a stereotypical therapist’s office. I notice a waste paper bin next to me filled with half-full packets of cigarettes. Most of them were my favourite brand. What a waste, I couldn’t help but think…
“So you’re here because you’re a smoker?”
Like most smokers, I’ve always thought about quitting and always wanted to. I’ve tried to give up several times with varying levels of success. Once I managed to kick the habit for four months. The last time I tried, I lasted a painful 26 hours. I’ve tried the unpleasant nicotine gum and the absolutely foul nicotine mints. I’ve tried switching to fancy electronic cigarettes. I’ve tried gritting my teeth and going cold turkey. Nothing has worked.
Then I heard that being hypnotised might help to axe the addiction. A friend had told me that his uncle tried it and went from being a pack-a-day smoker to a non-smoker overnight. Another friend told me his room-mate tried it and it made no difference.
At this point, hypnotism was the only thing I could see that I hadn’t tried. So despite the mixed reviews and the $500 (Australian!) price tag, I booked an appointment. I found a practice that has a load of success stories and also has a lifetime guarantee — meaning that if I ever start smoking again I can go back for free. That inspired a bit of confidence.
My hypnotist had the type of strong but soothing voice you’d expect from someone who works in hypnotism or neuro-linguistic programming. Right from our preliminary planning and assessment session, her voice was relaxing.
“You’re quite young to have been smoking for 10 years. How did that start?”
I started smoking when I was 14 years old. Sometimes on the weekends I used to hang out in reserves and carparks with my friends and have one or two cigarettes. It seemed grown up and cool but harmless. One or two cigarettes in a week wouldn’t hurt.
But by the time I was 20 I could no longer hide behind comforting labels like “social smoker” or “occasional smoker”. I was smoking five cigarettes a day plus a whole packet on Friday nights and another whole packet on Saturday nights.
“When you smoked your first few cigarettes that probably didn’t feel so good but it was off-set massively by those other good internal feelings that we get. That feeling of belonging and rebellion. They’re very strong feelings in our subconscious and then we want to repeat those feelings.”
I’d never thought of it like that. I’d always assumed cigarette addictions were to do with a chemical dependency on nicotine. I’d never given a thought to the possibility that I was psychologically addicted. It was an insight I hadn’t expected.
“If cigarettes have become positively associated for you, every time you feel a negative your body tries to move away from that. Your brain will ask ‘what can I do to feel good? Oh yeah, smoking.’ That suggestion becomes almost impossible to ignore.”
When it was time for the session to begin, she turned on a soundtrack of soothing music. The kind you hear in elevators.
“Hypnotism just feels like a relaxed state — like when you’re falling asleep at night and your body relaxes and your mind starts to wander.”
The music transitioned into a montage of waves breaking on the shore.
“All I need you to do is two things, the first thing is just relax and the second thing is just agree with the suggestions. You can do that, can’t you?”
I nodded, feeling nervous.
Smoking metaphor image courtesy .
“We’re going to get down here, to the unconscious mind to change your positive associations. We’re going to change the way you feel about smoking.”
We started with breathing exercises. She asked me to take five deep and measured breaths. I already was feeling very relaxed.
She spoke deeply and slowly as she guided me through a series of images and imagery exercises designed to relax the brain. I followed a leaf blowing in the wind. I stood at the top of spiral staircase and walked down it slowly.
“If you have any errant thoughts, just let them drift away.”
I tried to throw away the thought that a cigarette would go down beautifully right about now.
The rest was a little fuzzy. I drifted in and out of consciousness. At times I was very alert and aware of my surroundings. There are also periods of blankness. But I remember feeling very relaxed, almost like I was floating.
She often pulled me back into consciousness by asking questions I had to answer.
“You see a door. What colour is it Mia?”
“Does the door open inwards or outwards?”
“Visualise it. Can you do that?”
When it was time for me to wake up, she simply counted backwards from ten and told me to open my eyes. I was surprised to feel tears on my face and that a whole hour had passed — it felt like ten minutes. And I didn’t remember crying.
As I sat up, she asked me to open my purse and throw my cigarettes in the waste paper bin with all the other rejected packets. I did.
As I was walking out of the office, I assessed myself and tried to see if I felt any different. I drove home in a sort of trance wondering if it had worked or not. It was too early to tell. Although I later realised that I forgot to have my standard car cigarette. It was a good sign.
It’s been a month now. Has it stopped me smoking? Well, no it hasn’t. I had a cigarette the day after my session. I was a little disappointed. The session definitely did not deliver on all of its promises.
The mental shift and positive reassociation that is promised by neuro-linguistic programming doesn’t appear to have worked on me. I still desperately crave cigarettes when I’m bored, hungry or sad. Something that was supposed to have disappeared.
On the upside I do feel a lot more motivated to quit and my attitude has definitely changed. Her explanation and breakdown of the levels of smoking addiction changed my perspective entirely.
Previously, the thought of going a whole day without cigarettes made me feel anxious and shaky but now that thought makes me feel empowered. Every cigarette I don’t have feels like a win instead of feeling like I’m being deprived.
The reason I turned to a hypnotist in the first place is because the mere thought of quitting was just too hard. Every time I pondered quitting, the thought would make me so anxious that I reached for a cigarette to calm my nerves.
I don’t feel like the habit or the addiction is gone. But I’m certainly viewing it in a completely different way. Whether or not that is simply a placebo effect I can’t begin to tell.
This experience has opened my eyes to the fact that my smoking addiction is psychological not just physiological and habitual.
Smoking is a choice I’ve been making. It’s not a compulsion that I have no control over. It’s something I can and will take responsibility for.
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How Does Stopping Smoking Hypnosis Work?
Hypnosis works with your unconscious mind. This is a good thing because your smoking is a unconscious behaviour. This is why it is so hard to give up. Why even though part of you doesn’t want to smoke another part of you still does. Hypnosis works by making changes at the level that the behaviour comes from. When we get all the pieces of the puzzle right, it seems normal and natural for you to be a Non-Smoker. As such you really just don’t think about smoking or want to smoke. Gone is that battle in your head “will I or won’t I have a smoke”
Not only do we need to move your identity from that of a smoker to a non-smoker but we also need to identify the benefits and payoffs you get from smoking and find a new way to get those. It means that we may need to teach you new skills to cope with stress or conflict for example.
How Successful Is It?
Hypnosis is a very successful intervention for quitting smoking. I have an over 90% success rate. Not only will you give up smoking but you will also learn skills that will decrease stress and help you be happier.
How Much Does It Cost?
The first session is three hours long and costs $253 and follow up sessions are one hour and cost $126.50. Hypnotherapy is not currently claimable on Medicare, however some Private Heath Insurance does offer rebates. Please check with your insurance provider .
* Fees listed above are current as of 1/5/2018. Fees are subject to change. Please check at time of booking appointment
How Many Sessions?
About 7 out of 10 people will stop smoking after the first session. Although many people advertise to quit smoking with hypnosis in one session. I would rather you have the expectation of three sessions even if you stop after the first one. Very rarely it can take 5 or 6 sessions. Some people continue to smoke as normal after the first session or cut down or trip up after a while. This is not failure but very important feedback. It actually holds the key to quitting successfully for good. So stick with it for a few sessions.
Can I Be Hypnotised?
Yes. Everyone who has the ability to focus can be hypnotised. Hypnosis is actually just utilising a natural state that you go in and out of every day; when you fade out and day dream, when you remember something from the past, when you get lost in a good book or movie, when you drive into your drive way and can’t really remember the trip because you were so caught up with the conversation you were having in your head. Hypnotist’s utilise this state to help you create the changes you want. It is a skill that people get better at, so sometimes the second session can be more powerful because people have been able to let go of their concerns after experiencing their first session. Some of the modern techniques we use happen in conversation, or with your eyes open, or with you moving around the room or with your eyes closed. You can still hear everything, even our own thoughts.
Studies comparing Hypnosis with or NRT
To find the most effective method to stop smoking, Frank Schmidt and research student Chockalingham Viswesvaran from the University of Iowa conducted a meta-analysis, bringing together the results of more than 600 studies totalling nearly 72,000 people. The results, which were published in the Journal of Applied Psychology and included 48 studies of hypnosis covering 6000 smokers, clearly showed that hypnosis was three times more effective than Nicotine Replacement.
What are the options to help you stop smoking:
• Hypnotherapy 60% upwards…
• Champix (Varenicline) drug up to 22% (with side effects)
• Accupuncture up to 25% success rate
• Zyban (Drug) with its side effects, up to 21% success rate
• Nicotine patches (with there side effects) up to 13%
• Nicotine Gum (with side effects) up to 11%
• Will Power 5%
“Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit. Willpower, it turns out, counts for very little”
(New Scientist, Vol 136 issue 1845 31 Oct 92, page6).
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Are You Ready to Stop Smoking NOW?
You know cigarette smoking is harmful. That’s one of the reasons you’ve decided to quit smoking, and take a look at this page. If I may, let me put your smoking habit in a different, and perhaps stark light.
Each cigarette you smoke contains more than 4,500 chemicals including carbon monoxide, DDT, formaldehyde, methane, and tar. And are you aware that nicotine is a pesticide? That’s, right, it’s used to kill living things (and you’re a living thing!).
If the average smoker were to smoke one pack a day, taking 10 drags a cigarette, for 35 years of smoking that would equal 2,555,000 “injections” of these more than 4,500 chemicals. That’s more than two and a half million does of chemicals, many of which are known to be lethal.
Is it a wonder that cigarette smoking is harmful to your health, even deadly?
Scientific research reveals hypnosis is the most effective way to quit smoking!
Your body was born as a non-smoker, it wants you to quit smoking. Your health and future want you to quit. Your family and friends want you to quit. Are you ready to stop smoking for ever, and enjoy a life of health, well-being, and freedom from worry, stigma, and self-nagging?
Do You Need More Reasons to Quit?
Some of us are just a bit more hard-headed than others. If you need a few more convincing reasons as to why you want to stop smoking today, not tomorrow, checkout the “Smoking Research Findings” link on the right. It contains research findings on the affect of smoking on health.
Still wavering? Then see the “Graphic Reasons to Quit”. Warning! The images of what smoking might do to your body, if you don’t ever quit can be disturbing. Given such reasons can you afford not to stop?
Another Reason to Stop Smoking: The Cost…
Surely you’ve noticed how expensive cigarettes are. But have you really tallied the cost to you the actual cost of your cigarette smoking. It’s sobering to become aware of the cost:
That’s literally money going up in smoke. Few of us can afford that during these trying economic times. Additionally the cost doesn’t include the cost to your health, longevity, and fulfillment. And the costs to you are only going to go up.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t afford to let the money I might spend for a new car or a house downpayment go up in smoke, while Big Tobacco executives sit back on their yachts bought with the killing they made off of meand you.
(By the way, you may be able to receive an IRS Tax Credit for the cost of my Smoking Cessation program. See the “Hypnosis IRS Tax Credit” link on the right.
You really CAN Stop Smoking Today
I know you can quit smoking. I did. I used to smoke two packs a day of Salem cigarettes. I did so for 16 years. I quit smoking more than 30 years ago.
I know what it’s like to contemplate stopping. I know what it’s like to be afraid you can’t. I also know (and my clients too) that you CAN! I know what it’s like to never, ever even think of cigarettes. You CAN too!
What do you think is the most effective way to stop? According to a 1998 study, it’s not cold turkey: only 8 percent of the people who stop by cold turkey are successful. That method is a turkey.
How about patches or Xyban? That’s drug replacement therapy. It’s no more effective than methodone is in ending a heroin addiction. Only 28% of patch users successfully quit smoking. (Use the “Smoking Research Findings” link on the right to learn about research that indicates Chantx, nicotine gum and lozenges may be hazardous to your health).
On the other hand, the 1998 study found that hypnosis generally has a 60% success rate, although individual practitioners like myself can experience a significantly higher rate of success. (If you find anyone who advertizes a 100% success rate, stay clear, for there’s no such thing! Moreover that person should have retired a multi-millionaire.)
In fact, hypnosis is such an effective method of stopping smoking that the British Medical Association authorizes hypnosis as the method of choice for smoking cessation, and the English government actually pays the fee for hypnosis smoking cessation programs.
That’s a pretty strong endorsement of how powerful stop smoking hypnosis can be!
Keep in mind that of course hypnosis isn’t a magic wand. Your success depends also on your motivation, how ready you are to stop. It’s important that you really want to quit.
Therefore, much as I would enjoy the income, I discourage parents and partners from giving a gift of my smoking cessation program to their loved ones. The loved one really must want to quit.
If YOU really want to stop, I can help you begin your new life as non-smoker.
And don’t worry that you may have smoked so long that it’s impossible to quit. I often successfully work with smokers who have been smoking as long as 30, 40 years. A client of mine stopped smoking after 72 years of smoking!!! See some of the testimonials at the right.
Are you ready to quit smoking?
Here’s a way to determine whether you are ready to quit.
The American Lung Association book, 7 Steps to a Smoke-Free Life, asks six questions to determine whether you’re ready to stop smoking. Count how many “yes” answers you can give to these questions:
1. Do you believe that smoking is dangerous to your health?
2. Besides health reasons, do you have other personal reasons for quitting?
3. Are you committed to stopping, even though it may be tough at first?
4. Is it a #1 priority for you to quit smoking?
5. Are your family, friends, and coworkers willing to help you quit smoking?
6. Have you planned specific strategies to support your non-smoking?
If you can answer yes to four or more of these questions, then you’re ready to stop. And, if you’re ready to quit then consider my:
Portland Smoking Cessation Program Overview
Some Testimonials from My Stop Smoking Clients
- “I have never had quitting be so easy. THANK YOU!!” ~ Melanie D., 30-year smoker
- “It’s been neat. I love it. From the time I walked out of there, I’ve had no cravings.” ~ Shawna W., 40-year smoker.
- “I appreciate the kind words and very much appreciate the service you offer, I’m thrilled with the results and excited to be a NON SMOKER.” ~ James H., 27-year smoker.
- “It’s been supereasy” ~ Stacy M., 12-year smoker
- “From the day I left here, I couldn’t care less about smoking.” ~ Peggy K., 35-year smoker
- “I really can’t believe it was this easy. I walked out of your place, and I didn’t have any desire for a cigarette.” ~ Mike M., long-time smoker.
- “Outstanding! Wonderful! Not event a hint of a desire to smoke.” ~ Jim M., 9-year smoker.
If you compare my program to that of other hypnotherapists, you will discover how superior my program is. My program has been designed using the very best of different smoking cessation programs that I have researched.
Here are the “bare bones” components of my program. Each will be discussed in detail later:
Initial 2-hour “Stop Smoking Now!” Hypnosis Session
Follow-Up 1-hour “Remain a Non-Smoker for Life!” Session
A recording of each of your hypnosis sessions (that’s 2 redordings)
Additional Supportive Literature
A 1-Year Guarantee of Support
Cost of the program is $300
Read on for a detailed discussion of what my program offers:
Detailed Discussion of my Portland Stop Smoking Program
Initial Stop Smoking Now! Hypnosis Session In this 2-hour session, you become a non-smoker. Come to session, prepared to leave smoking in your past forever. Prior to session, be sure you’ve thrown away your cigarettes, and tossed your ashtrays, because you won’t need them anymore.
Initially, I interview you to learn about your individual smoking habit. What motivates you to smoke? What motivates you to quit?. Given what I’ve learned, then I hypnotize you to become a non-smoker. Also I create a recording of your hypnosis, so that by listening to the recording every day until the second session, you will compound the power of your hypnosis experience.
Remain a Non-Smoker for Life Hypnosis Follow-Up Session If you have ever quit smoking before, you know that there is a difference between stopping smoking and staying stopped for the rest of your life. That’s why I include this second 1-hour session in my stop smoking program.
We schedule the session about 14 to 17 days later when research shows new habits may begin to weaken. The intention of this hypnosis experience is that you remain a non-smoker for life! Of course, I also create a recording of this hypnosis, and ask that you listen to it for one week.
A Recording of Each of Your Hypnosis Sessions I make a recording of the work that we do in each of your hypnosis sessions. That’s two recordings in all. Listening to your recordings will bring you into trance. It’s like having an hypnosis appointment with me each day. It compounds the power of the work which we did in person.
Guarantee of Support While I cannot guarantee your own motivation to be a non-smoker, I can guarantee my support of your new life as a non-smoker. This is my guarantee of no-cost support. If during the following 12 calendar months, you feel like you might need hypnotic reinforcement for your being a non-smoker, you are welcome to come in for a hypnotherapy session at no cost.
What can you look forward to as a non-smoker?
When you stop smoking, you give your body an opportunity for it to apply is remarkable innate intelligence to healing. What kind of healing can you look forward to when you quit smoking? According to the American Cancer Society:
20 minutes after you stop: Your blood pressure drops to a level close to that before the last cigarette. The temperature of your hands and feet increases to normal. Your pulse rate drops.
8 hours after quitting: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal. The oxygen level in your blood returns to normal.
24 hours after quitting: Your chance of a heart attack decreases.
48 hours after quitting: nerve endings start to regrow. Your ability to smell and taste is enhanced.
2 weeks to 3 months after quitting: Your circulation improves and your lungs perform up to 30 percent better. Walking becomes easier.
1 to 9 months after quitting: Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath decrease; cilia (tiny hair like structures that move mucus out of the lungs) regain normal function in the lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce infection.
1 year after quitting: The excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.
5 to 15 years after quitting: Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker.
10 years after quitting: The lung cancer death rate is 50 percent lower than it is for continuing smokers. The risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas also decreases. The risk of ulcer decreases.
15 years after quitting: The risk of coronary heart disease is that of a nonsmoker’s. The risk of death returns to nearly the level of people who have never smoked.
Are certain times easier to quit smoking than others?
Yes! There are easier times to quit. It’s helpful to keep in mind that you don’t need additional stress during the week or two that you have begun your life as a non-smoker.
If you’re planning a wedding, divorce, a job change, selling your business, or experiencing or expecting an unusual stressor in your life, my suggestion is that you wait to quit. Wait until your life has settled down. Your life doesn’t need the additional stress of becoming a non-smoker; and your new non-smoking life doesn’t need the additional stress of unusual life circumstances.
There are also easier ways to stop smoking. If your spouse or partner smokes, it may be harder for you to stop. If your he/she is unwilling to quit with you, make firm agreements ahead of time concerning how you expect support of your determination to be healthy as a non-smoker.
Why choose my Portland smoking cessation program? Feel Welcome to Compare…
My hypnotherapy practice is distinguished from the vast majority of my fellow hypnotists in several important respects. Unlike most other hypnotists, my educational background includes not only a bachelor degree and a master degree in psychology. I also am trained in additional counseling modalities including training in Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
Additionally have made every effort to create for the most effective quit smoking hypnosis program. I believe you will find there isn’t a superior program offered in the greater Portland, Oregon area.
And, for other smoking-related discussions on my website, please see: graphic reasons to quit smoking and smoking research.
If you are ready to live smoke-free, here’s how to begin ….
2-hour Initial Stop Smoking Session
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