Hypnosis and hypnotherapy have a wide range of problems for which they are effective. There is a slight difference between hypnotherapy and hypnosis, but both can be used to help you stop smoking. Hypnosis is merely a state of deep relaxation that makes your subconscious more susceptible to suggestions such as over-eating and smoking. Hypnosis must only be used by a qualified expert, usually a clinical psychologist. The urban legend that hypnosis can make you do anything the hypnotist requires is just that – a legend with absolutely no truth in it. Some people are unable to be hypnotized due to their fear of the procedure or the personality characteristic that makes them need to be in complete control of themselves; they will not surrender themselves to this deeply relaxed state.
Hypnotherapy, on the other hand, is used by a qualified expert as a tool in mental health therapy. Throughout several sessions, the patient is able to recall traumatic events that their subconscious mind has suppressed as being too painful to remember. Child abuse, sexual assault, witnessing a violent crime, the death of a loved one, military combat – these are all situations that respond well to hypnotherapy.
How Does Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy Help Me to Stop Smoking?
In a hypnotic relaxed state, your mind is susceptible to suggestions, such as “I can succeed in stopping smoking,” “I don’t crave nicotine,” or “smoking tastes horrible.” When you are brought back to a fully conscious state, your subconscious remembers these suggestions. Your desire to smoke will decrease until it is eliminated altogether. Through hypnotherapy, you can recall the reasons why you smoke; did your parents smoke? Did your peer group make fun of you and bully you unless you smoked? Were you calmed after a trauma by the act of smoking? These are examples of how hypnosis and hypnotherapy can be used to stop smoking.
Keep in mind that although hypnosis and hypnotherapy are used to help you stop smoking, this is no “magical cure.” Although they are valuable tools, only you can make the choice to stop smoking. In using hypnosis and hypnotherapy to stop smoking, your practitioner can only make suggestions to your subconscious mind; you can’t be forced to do anything you wouldn’t normally do. For example, being hypnotized is not a legal defense to an illegal act. However, if you make the choice to be tobacco-free, then hypnosis and hypnotherapy can help you stop smoking if you let it.
Hypnosis and hypnotherapy to stop smoking is not appropriate for everyone. Your expert practitioner will evaluate you to determine if this tool will be helpful or harmful to you.