If you really want to stop smoking, there are a variety of ways to succeed in your goal. Behavior modification, prescription medication, nicotine gum and patches to gradually cut down the amount you smoke, and support groups provide much-needed assistance to eliminate the killer drug, nicotine. You can even quit smoking “cold turkey” if you are certain you can do this. Many soon-to-be ex-smokers choose the path of hypnosis to help you quit smoking. For many, this treatment is entirely successful, but for others, it is not helpful. You will only know if hypnosis can help you quit smoking if you try it.
What is Hypnosis and How Can it Help Me to Quit Smoking?
There are many completely untrue urban legends about hypnosis. Contrary to these legends, hypnosis will not make you quack like a duck whenever you hear a bell ring. This is Hollywood silliness. Hypnosis will not “make” you do anything. You will still have complete control of what you do and don’t do.
Hypnosis is simply a form of deep relaxation. In this state, you can recall incidents that your conscious mind has blocked. It’s a useful tool by law enforcement agents to help a witness to a crime recall a car’s license plate, for example. It is also useful in changing unwanted behavior, such as smoking, over-eating, and excessive alcohol use. When you are in a hypnotic state, you are more accepting of suggestions. Hypnosis to quit smoking works for you when a psychologist who is credentialed to perform hypnosis implants the suggestion that you can quit smoking anytime you wish. You don’t need cigarettes. You are strong enough to beat this addiction. You will succeed in your goal.
Using hypnosis to quit smoking is a pleasant relaxing experience. Your practitioner will slowly induce a deep relaxed state, make suggestions about not smoking, and will bring you back to full awareness feeling refreshed and confident. Keep in mind that hypnosis to quit smoking is based upon a suggestion to your subconscious mind. If you want to smoke, you can. The hypnotic suggestion is just that – a suggestion. You are in control of your choices.
Some qualified psychologists believe that one way to use hypnosis to quit smoking is to implant the suggestion that tobacco tastes absolutely horrible; one puff, and you’ll crush that pipe, cigar or cigarette into garbage. This is called “aversion therapy;” it works by making the targeted behavior, such as smoking, so subconsciously unpleasant that you will avoid the behavior.
You have nothing to lose and perhaps much to gain by trying hypnosis to quit smoking.