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Hypnosis and Smoking

Margit Cathrine Moller

There are people who wake up one morning, decide to stop smoking, and proceed to do so without any hassle. This is not luck, this is psychology. Those who do have difficulty can trace their struggle to a combination of physical and psychological factors.

Because smoking has become a daily ritual, the body is conditioned to expect it in order to function as usual. By then, smoking has become a much-needed coping mechanism. For some people whose lives are in turmoil, having something very predictable like smoking is a source of relief. Loved one may leave us, but the pack of cigarette will always remain. It is estimated that 90% of smokers are clinically addicted to smoking. That means that they can’t stop the habit without therapy and professional treatment.

So, this is where hypnosis comes in:

1. Any smoking cessation process requires habit substitution. What will you do if you stop smoking? What will provide meaning and satisfaction? Hypnosis will help the person explore his or her deepest desires, even childhood wishes. This information will serve as motivation factors.

2. Smoking cessation requires healing and behavior modification therapy, so that you change the way you think about your smoking habit. Smokers need to alter their thinking process and remove those rationalizations and defenses. Hypnosis has proven to be one of the most effective tools in modifying habits, especially those which are deeply ingrained.

3. Smoking cessation requires confidence and inner strength. Hypnosis unlocks the inner reserves of strength in your unconscious mind, so you can reach your goals with mind, body, and soul.