Hypnosis for Smoking Cessation

To quit on smoking is tough. The activity is a real challenge for someone especially those who started the habit during their adolescent years. Although this is a tough activity, it is actually one of best thing a person can do to his or her health. It is not a question how potentially hazardous this deadly habit is. Matter of fact, it tops the list as the leading cause of cancer. Plus it increases a person’s risk to contracting heart attacks, strokes, diseases of the lung and other health conditions such as bone fractures and cataracts.

There are lots of techniques that can be used to stop smoking. To name a few, nicotine lozenges, patches, chewing gums and counseling can help and assist someone in getting rid of the habit for good. However, if using these techniques offered no success then you might want to consider on getting hypnotized. A number of studies have proven the effectiveness of hypnosis in quitting smoking.

Hypnosis: What is it?

By definition, hypnosis is an altered state of awareness where an individual seems to be asleep or as they call it ‘in a trance.’ To treat physical and psychological problems not managed by medication therapies, clinical hypnosis may be performed. Hypnosis is used to control pain too. Not only that, it also is used in a wide range of conditions that includes problems on weight, disorders in speech and addiction cases.

Some question the effectiveness of this method. However, based on experts on this field, when a person is hypnotized, relaxation and concentration increases. When people are ‘in a trance’ they are also more open to suggestions and willing to do them such as giving up smoking.

Being ‘in a trance’ does not mean that a person is unconscious. He or she is very much aware of the environment and when the therapist asks something ‘out of the client’s will’ the activity won’t be performed. This is in contrast to what TV programs portrays about hypnosis. No one can make a client do something in hypnosis out of his or her will. Monitoring the brain activity during a hypnotism session showed a high level of neurological activity which means that the person decides for himself what to do to the given suggestion.

Hypnosis for Smoking Cessation

During a hypnosis session for smoking cessation, the client is usually asked to think about an unpleasant outcome of smoking habit. For example, the therapist may suggest that smoke from cigarette smells like an exhaust from a truck that will leave the mouth extremely parched. The technique usually focuses on three concepts which are:

  1. Smoking is one way of poisoning the body
  2. Each one needs a good functioning body to live
  3. If you want to live then you must respect and protect your body

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Daisy Jane Antipuesto RN MN

Currently a Nursing Local Board Examination Reviewer. Subjects handled are Pediatric, Obstetric and Psychiatric Nursing. Previous work experiences include: Clinical instructor/lecturer, clinical coordinator (Level II), caregiver instructor/lecturer, NC2 examination reviewer and staff/clinic nurse. Areas of specialization: Emergency room, Orthopedic Ward and Delivery Room. Also an IELTS passer.

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