How can Hypnotherapy help me to Stop Smoking?
David Pollock, Director of ASH, said he was surprised by the success of hypnosis, which anecdotal evidence had suggested was not very effective. One organisation not surprised by the results is the British Society of Medical & Dental Hypnosis. Christopher Pattinson, the society’s Academic Chairman, said that current hypnosis techniques are a far cry from their popular image of music-hall tricks involving swinging fob watches. The latest relaxation techniques achieve success rates of up to 60 per cent from a single session, he said.
It’s never too late to get rid of smoking”
How does hypnotherapy to stop smoking work?
Using a combination of positive suggestion and visualisation and NLP techniques I can make it easier for you to get rid of smoking without craving cigarettes. In fact you will be surprised to find that you feel confident and relaxed, not only after the session, but continuing throughout the following weeks. Your friends and family will be amazed at how you have given up so easily!
What if I put on weight afterwards?
Any possible alternative habits are taken care of in the carefully worded session and you will find that you feel great, without resorting to other habits such as nail-biting or overeating. Which leaves you free to live your life without smoking.
What about people tempting me?
Because most people are able to quit without tension or irritability there should be no temptation to continue smoking if somebody offers you a cigarette. The desire to smoke to reduce stress simply won’t be there.
Hypnotherapy to Stop Smoking
The British Medical Association approved the use of clinical hypnosis in the 1950’s.
The use of hypnotherapy to help people stop smoking is now commonly used and readily accepted and has proved a great success.
Hypnotherapy works by using a combination of positive suggestion, visualisation and NLP techniques. If you approach this treatment with a genuine desire to stop, the programme will work for you. Many people can stop in one session if they are motivated – By making a commitment to stop is your key to success.
Some facts about smoking and health.
Smoking is a habit, which causes many premature deaths and considerable ill health. In fact smoking causes as many deaths today as the great epidemic diseases did in the past.
I was interested to read that the Royal College of Physicians has carried out long term studies from which the following facts emerged.
- A person over 35 years of age who smokes is more than twice as likely to die before the age of 65, than someone who does not
- On average, smokers shorten their lives by about five minutes for each cigarette smoked, not much less than the time spent smoking it
- Smoking is responsible for about 50 million working days per year being lost due to ill heath
That’s worth thinking about!
The chemical content of tobacco smoke
Tobacco smoke consists of a mixture of gases and minute tiny particles. Over 3,800 different chemical compounds have been identified in the smoke, which we inhale.
Nicotine – gets into the blood stream and travels to all parts of the body. Its main affect is upon the brain and nervous system, where it first stimulates, then blocks nerve impulses throughout the body. It also affects the heart and circulatory system, and causes a rise in the blood pressure and an increase in the heartbeat.
Irritants – are found whenever any material is burned. When they are breathed into the body, they cause the breathing passages to become narrower, and they affect the mechanism by which the lungs are kept free of dirt and other impurities. Within the breathing passages are millions of tiny hairs, which are in constant motion. Any impurities, which are breathed into the lungs become attached to the mucus and coughed away – this is the smokers cough.
Cancer producing substances
There are many chemical substances in tobacco smoke, which have been proved to cause cancer in humans. A smoker of 20 cigarettes a day is thirty times more likely to develop lung cancer than a non-smoker.
Whenever anyone smokes a cigarette, up to 15 per cent of their normal oxygen supply is replaced by carbon monoxide. In other words, since oxygen is the only thing that keeps our body cells functioning properly, the body works a lot less efficiently. There is also a lot of evidence to suggest that carbon monoxide is one of the factors in hardening of the arteries and the development of heart disease.
Why you want to stop smoking
So think about why you started smoking. And why you have carried on – and now, why do you want to stop.
- Do you want to improve your health?
- Do you need more money?
- Do you want to stop smelling so bad?
- Are you concerned about getting cancer?
- Do you want to be alive and healthy and see your family grow up?
Smoking is a way of dealing with tension, it is sometimes a way of rewarding ourselves – a habit – a pleasurable relaxation – a psychological addition.
However, there are two important provisos to stop.
- You must have a strong motivation for stopping that habit
- You must be prepared to stop smoking altogether
So how do you stop?
There are specialist smoker’s clinics and support groups which can improve your chances of stopping. They are usually run over a period of about 6 weeks and take you through the different stages of stopping.
Hypnotherapy to stop smoking
In 2005 a study of 72,000 smokers from Europe and the US was reported in the Journal of Applied Psychology, showed that hypnosis came top as the most effective therapy in helping people to stop smoking.
Hypnotherapy is designed to take away the urge to smoke instead of feeling you are giving something up. You feel calm, relaxed and motivated.
We have been stopping people smoking since 1992 – and
stop a good percentage of people who come to us, in just one session of two hours.
So what happens when we stop?
- After 20 minutes of stopping blood pressure and pulse will return to normal
- After 8 hours of stopping the nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in your blood will have halved
- After 24 hours of stopping the carbon monoxide is eliminated from your body, and your lungs will resume their natural cleaning process, expelling the accumulated tar
- After 48 hours of stopping all nicotine is eliminated from your body. Your sense of taste and smell will begin to improve
- After 72 hours of stopping your breathing becomes easier as the bronchial tubes begin to relax
- After 2 – 12 weeks of stopping your circulation improves, making physical exercise noticeably easier
- After 3 – 9 months of stopping your lung function improves by about ten per cent as coughs and breathing problems disappear