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Quit Smoking Through Hypnosis

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Written by Ivan Sutton

Have You Tried To Quit Smoking?

“I have been a heavy smoker for 33 years, smoking at least a pack a day. I have tried everything there is to quit smoking & have barely gotten though one day. I (went to Burlington Hypnosis 11 days ago and am amazed at the success that I have had. I have not had a smoke since my first session & choose not to ever go back down that road again. Robbie has given me the tools that I need to have the control in my life to make smart decisions. Thank you so much for helping me see what my mind can do!”

C.D., Retail Manager – treated at Burlington Hypnosis in Ontario, Canada

I have had a long-term relationship with quitting smoking.  I quit all the time.  Sometimes I was able to quit smoking for a month, a day, a week; and my most successful attempt, 2 years.  But something always brought me back.  It was strange how just after quitting, a major argument would happen between myself and my wife, who also quit at the same time, and in frustration, one of us would go and buy a pack of cigarettes.  Somehow, after getting a cigarette, the argument, no matter how important, seemed irrelevant.

At the time, I didn’t know that there was a hypnosis therapy that could have brought me and my partner, and our household, relief.

“Quitting smoking can be a real challenge. But it’s one of the best things you can do for your health. Smoking is a dangerous, even deadly habit. It’s a leading cause of cancer. It also increases your risk for heart attacks, strokes, lung disease, and other health problems, including bone fractures and cataracts.” WebMD

“Although most people grasp the short and long term benefits of quitting smoking, managing yourself through quitting is hard.  Your mind when trying to overcome habits will manufacture distress to heighten the need for the cigarette.  Your brain through smoking, develops extra nicotine receptors to accommodate the large doses of nicotine from tobacco.  When you try to stop giving your brain the nicotine it craves, even though your will is to quit, your will power becomes weakened by these self manufactured distresses, anxiety and irritability.”  Robbie Spier Miller, Burlington Hypnosis Centre.

Robbie continued, “Every day at our quit smoking hypnosis clinic we hear smokers tell us how they suffer through coughing, shortness of breath, health scares, the stench, embarrassment and social hassle of smoking. Most smokers spend thousands of dollars a year on cigarettes, which quickly adds up to tens of thousands of dollars over time. The best way to avoid all these hassles and expenses from the habit of smoking is to quit smoking. This can be done using hypnosis to stop smoking, a popular service offered at our clinic.”

Here are some interesting statistics on smoking hypnosis:

Keep in mind that the physical craving for cigarettes lasts for only 3 – 5 days.  But the mental addiction can last much longer.

Here is a brief review of some of the research evidence on the effectiveness of hypnosis:

90.6% Success Rate for Smoking Cessation Using Hypnosis

Of 43 consecutive patients undergoing this treatment protocol, 39 reported remaining abstinent from tobacco use at follow-up (6 months to 3 years post-treatment). This represents a 90.6% success rate using hypnosis.

University of Washington School of Medicine, Depts. of Anesthesiology and Rehabilitation Medicine, Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2001 Jul;49(3):257-66. Barber J.

87% Reported Abstinence From Tobacco Use With Hypnosis

A field study of 93 male and 93 female CMHC outpatients examined the facilitation of smoking cessation by using hypnosis. At 3-month follow-up, 86% of the men and 87% of the women reported continued abstinence from the use of tobacco using hypnosis.

Performance by gender in a stop-smoking program combining hypnosis and aversion. Johnson DL, Karkut RT. Adkar Associates, Inc., Bloomington, Indiana. Psychol Rep. 1994 Oct;75(2):851-7.

81% Reported They Had Stopped Smoking After Hypnosis

Thirty smokers enrolled in an HMO were referred by their primary physician for treatment. Twenty-one patients returned after an initial consultation and received hypnosis for smoking cessation. At the end of treatment, 81% of those patients reported that they had stopped smoking, and 48% reported abstinence at 12 months post-treatment.

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.

Hypnosis Patients Twice As Likely To Remain Smoke-Free After Two Years

Study of 71 smokers showed that after a two-year follow up, patients that quit with hypnosis were twice as likely to remain smoke-free than those who quit on their own.

Guided health imagery for smoking cessation and long-term abstinence. Wynd, CA. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2005; 37:3, pages 245-250. More can be found at Professional Hypnotherapists of Australia.

“Hypnosis works and the empirical support is unequivocal in that regard. It really does help people,” says Michael Yapko, PhD, a psychologist and fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. “But hypnosis isn’t a therapy in and of itself. Most people wouldn’t regard it that way.”

So what are people saying about hypnosis for quitting smoking?

It Was Easy To Stop Smoking & No Longer Crave Cigarettes: What an incredible experience! In the past I tried pills, gum & cold turkey which never worked. I still craved the habit. Since coming here I no longer crave the habit or the cigarettes. Easiest process ever & I have never felt better in body & mind. So happy with myself that I took the leap to come here! Thank you for helping me get my life back!  Crystal M, Bar Manager

Pack-A-Day Firefighter Shocked At How Easy It Was To Stop Smoking: I first heard about stop smoking hypnosis from a friend and decided to try it. I am glad that I did. Before I was a pack a day smoker struggling to stop so I was skeptical about hypnosis since nothing else seemed to work. After one session I was smoke free and still shocked by how well things were going. I recommend hypnosis to anyone trying to stop. Steven G, Firefighter

If you are struggling to quit smoking, then hypnosis seems like a great option.

But in writing this article, it seems that you can use hypnosis for many things.  Forbes put out an interesting article about using hypnosis to be better at business.

Burlington Hypnosis Centre suggests on their website that hypnosis uses the power of suggestion to help you reach your goals. Their hypnosis clinic can help with the following:

Weight Loss, Stop Smoking, Self-confidence, Stress Management, Fears, Breaking Habits, Relationships, Pain Management, Sleep Improvement, Sports and Academic Performance Improvement and Hypnosis For Kids & Teenagers.

Therefore it is not only for quitting smoking, although this is a very popular service offered.

“Yes”, says Robbie Spier Miller, “weight loss hypnosis and quitting smoking hypnosis are very popular.

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