Hypnotherapy Help for Nicotine Addicts

Hypnotherapy is used to help individuals overcome a number of different problems in their lives. Hypnosis is defined as “a heightened form of concentration” and a recent study conducted in the UK has clearly shown that the majority of smokers wish to break the nicotine habit. This has prompted the Australian government to sponsor advertisements that caution people to quit smoking and decrease their chance of developing lung cancer.

It is not the physical draw of nicotine that makes it difficult to quit the habit but the psychological side of it. The psychological habit becomes a part of the subconscious mind of a smoker and it is this part that hypnotherapy seeks to address.

Hypnotherapy is a way to retrain the brain to not want to smoke and instead to make it begin to think like a non-smoker. The desire and motivation to become healthier and to cut out smoking will be reinforced in the individual who chooses hypnotherapy as a form of smoking cessation.

According to an extensive study published in 1992 in New Scientist Magazine, even a single session of hypnotherapy increased an individual’s chance of quitting by 1000% from 6% to 60%. A single session of hypnotherapy has been shown to be 60% more effective than acupuncture, nicotine replacement therapy and using willpower and self-control alone.

Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool in the fight to quit smoking. The hypnotherapist will first work on the patient’s motivation and desire to quit smoking and attempt to rebuild their confidence level. They will discuss the reasons that quitting is important and the many benefits that it will yield.

In order to be successful at kicking the nicotine habit, the hypnotherapist must help the patient determine the connection that cigarettes have to the patient’s life and the role they play.

Creating new and healthier connections is the next step in hypnotherapy. The perception of cigarettes must shift to one of a healthy life minus the need for cigarettes. The hypnotherapist will have the patient visualize all of the harmful toxins leaving his or her body and will create a mental picture of the cleansing that is taking place.

The final step in hypnotherapy is to prevent the patient from suffering a relapse. In this stage the hypnotherapist has to ensure that the patient understands the true value that is inherent in quitting the nicotine habit.

Many people report finding hypnotherapy relaxing and soothing. Hypnotherapy geared towards quitting smoking can also work as a stress buster for everyday problems. The average hypnotherapy session lasts for 25 to 30 minutes. No two patients are alike so it is not always easy to estimate how many sessions may be required.

Did you know?
After having lived smoke-free for 15 years, your risk of developing heart disease is equal to that of an individual who never smoked at all? As well your risk of developing lung cancer after 15 years of no smoking would be decreased anywhere from 80 to 90 percent. If you are a smoker and have tried everything to quit and still cannot, look into hypnotherapy for the help you need.
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