Perhaps It's Time to Try Smoking Cessation Hypnosis
If the traditional meditate and talk quit smoking traditions aren't your thing, perhaps you should try smoking cessation hypnosis. Smoking cessation can be a real challenge and the many kinds of programs that aim to help you quit smoking can be another hurdle to sift through. While smoking cessation hypnosis isn't the watch swinging instant cure they present in the movies, it is a legitimate and powerful way you can kick the smoking habit.
To help you make an informed and well-rounded decision as to which way to quit smoking would work best for you, let's go over some of the more traditional stop smoking treatments and compare them to smoking cessation hypnosis.
Many stop smoking programs include therapy and smoking cessation hypnosis though different, also begins with your habit. To understand why you smoke and the reasons behind the behavior are more than half the battle. Smoking is more than a nicotine addiction and while peer pressure or curiosity may have been the initial cause, it isn't what makes putting the cigarette down so difficult.
Nicotine leaves the body after three to four days and so it isn't the withdrawals that keep you wanting more a month or two after quitting. To help identify these triggers therapists and those in hypnotherapy talk it out with topics like when do you usually crave a cigarette, what do you think when others are having them, what times of day did you usually smoke, etc.
The difference between traditional stop smoking programs and smoking cessation hypnosis is the goal of these conversations. For the hypnotherapy sessions, it's a precursor to the actual treatment. Helping to identify subconscious triggers that the hypnosis professional can zero in on. While both programs include talking about behaviors and both include therapy, the purposes are different. Hypnotherapy aims to quiet the cravings and refocus the subconscious desires while traditional programs aim to give you tools to "distract" your cravings.
Remember, no one is arguing that smoking cessation hypnosis is better or worse than traditional programs. It's a valid option that may work better for you if haven't benefited from other programs or you want to forgo medication.
Medication or No?
Many traditional stop smoking programs use medication to remove the nicotine withdrawals or help the therapy along. Keeping you less stressed and more happy due to the prescription. Some of them are nicotine patches or stop smoking from feeling good. Smoking cessation hypnosis doesn't use medication to treat cigarette addiction and so, if you're wary of patches or pills then hypnotherapy may be the best course for you.
While it is true that quitting smoking medications can double your chances of quitting permanently, the stop smoking hypnosis success rate is 66%. An impressive number as it involves no medication and strictly the power of the subconscious mind. Another impressive number you should know that is in a 2007 study from the American College of Chest Physicians found that that half of the patients who used smoking cessation hypnosis stayed cigarette free after 26 weeks compared to 15% of the medicated group.
Hypnotherapy and smoking cessation hypnosis address the underlying triggers that keep your smoking behavior going rather than just the symptoms. Some people may require nicotine patches and medication to help them become healthier and others may not. If you feel that you're in the latter category, give hypnotherapy a shot.
The Future is Your Hypnotic Health
We all pick up habits in our life that turn out to not be the best for us and there is no shame in that. Also, there isn't any shame in seeking help to overcoming an unhealthy habit. Sometimes friendly support will do the trick or some extra mental tricks.
No matter which route you choose from traditional stop smoking programs or patches or prescription medicine, or even smoking cessation hypnosis. It's all about you becoming a healthier and happier person. That is the only goal, no matter how you get there. Just know that typing into your search engine "smoking cessation hypnosis near me" isn't a badge of shame or weakness, it's an emblem of courage and will. You can't stop a habit unless you know you have one and you can't go to hypnotherapy unless you have the willpower to quit.
Oh! Another plus to smoking cessation hypnosis? No more freezing outside in the winter for a cigarette break. With the summer upon us, get a head start and make your first step into quitting by booking your appointment here.
About the Author
Behavior Change Coach and Author James Barfoot CHt holds certifications as a Master Practitioner of NLP and is a Clinical Hypnotherapist who is registered to practice in Washington State. He developed The Primal Toolbox a behavior change and coaching strategy based on a tribal models. James lives in Spokane WA.