How can hypnotherapy help me to quit smoking?
Studies have found that hypnosis is over 3 times more effective to help people stop smoking than nicotine patches or gum, and 15 times more effective than trying to quit smoking cigarettes with willpower alone.
It is the mental habit that makes it challenging for most people to stop smoking. That’s why hypnotherapy is so effective.
How does it work? What can I expect?
So much of your smoking addiction is a mental attachment to the regular routine of smoking.
We will talk about your routine and the associations that you make with smoking.
We will also discuss the effects of nicotine and how your habit pattern is a much greater obstacle to quitting smoking than a nicotine addiction.
Simply understanding how nicotine really works can help you give up the habit more easily.
You will likely find the hypnotic experience to be deeply relaxing. The trance/hypnotic state triggers the parasympathetic relaxation response, which clears away stress.
In hypnosis the critical faculty of the conscious mind relaxes, allowing the unconscious to be influenced by imagery and suggestions. These images and suggestions are used to free you from the smoking habit.
After the session, you will receive a recorded resource for relaxation and stress management that will help to assure your long-term success.
You really can stop the smoking habit.
Is it best to stop smoking gradually or all at once?
All at once.
You will want to get nicotine out of your body as soon as possible.
Reducing smoking gradually isn’t easier, it will just cause you to focus on the habit even more.
If you are motivated to quit, let’s get it over with, and let hypnosis help you to be a non-smoker.
Successful outcomes from hypnotherapy at 6 and 12 months
Tahiri, M., Mottillo, S., Joseph, L., Pilote, L., & Eisenberg, M. J. (2012). Alternative Smoking Cessation Aids: A Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. The American Journal of Medicine, 125(6), 576-584.
Hypnosis compares favourably to behavioural counselling
Carmody, T., Duncan, C., Simon, J., Solkowitz, S., Huggins, J., Lee, S., & Delucchi, K. (2008). Hypnosis for smoking cessation: A randomized trial. Nicotine & Tobacco Res. Nicotine & Tobacco Research CNTR, 10(5), 811-818.
Hypnosis patients twice as likely to remain smoke-free after two years
Hypnotherapy over three times more effective than nicotine replacement therapy for smoking cessation
Hasan, F. M., Zagarins, S. E., Pischke, K. M., Saiyed, S., Bettencourt, A. M., Beal, L., . . . Mccleary, N. (2014). Hypnotherapy is more effective than nicotine replacement therapy for smoking cessation: Results of a randomized controlled trial. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 22(1), 1-8.
Intensive hypnotherapy for smoking cessation
Elkins, G., Marcus, J., Bates, J., Rajab, M. H., & Cook, T. (2006). Intensive Hypnotherapy for Smoking Cessation:A Prospective Study. Int. J. of Clinical & Expt. Hypnosis NHYP International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 54(3), 303-315.
87% reported abstinence from tobacco use with hypnosis
Hypnosis is 3 times as effective as patch and 15 times as effective as willpower
81% reported they had stopped smoking after hypnosis
Texas A&M University, System Health Science Center, College of Medicine, College Station, TX USA. Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2004 Jan;52(1):73-81. Clinical hypnosis for smoking cessation: preliminary results of a three-session intervention. Elkins GR, Rajab MH.
*Results may vary from person to person.