I’ve been smoking since I was sixteen. I was a smoker for over five decades; that’s fifty years puffing on those cancer sticks. It’s a miracle I don’t have cancer, but I can’t say the same for my persistent cough and shortness of breath that still plagues me to this day, although I quit smoking two years ago.
How did I quit smoking, you ask? Well, like most smokers I’ve tried many times over the years to kick the habit. Nicotine patches, cold turkey… you name it, I’ve done it and failed. But about two and half years ago, a friend told me about another method, and it was the one that finally worked.
And since I know many of my friends and family are still trying to kick the smoking habit, today I would like to share it with all of my readers. Hopefully it helps you just as much as it did me.
How Hypnotherapy Helped Me Kick My Nasty Smoking Habit
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a step by step process where a hypnotherapist assists a client to solve problems by use of hypnosis. These issues could be emotional – such as the fear of heights, behavioral – such as smoking or overeating, or physical – such as chronic pain or tension. Effects of addiction could range from suffering from a deteriorating physical condition and mental stability to financial and legal problems. The problem with addiction is that it can be caused by multiple causes which can be rooted deeply into an individual’s mind.
So, as it relates to smoking, hypnotherapy can benefit someone wanting to quit in some ways. When a person is in a profound trance, you can make post-hypnotic suggestions about “not liking the taste of cigarettes, hating the smell of cigarette smoke, coughing whenever you light up a cigarette and so on.” Hypnosis for smoking cessation and can be quite useful depending on the subject’s willpower and the level of openness of the subconscious.
Kicking the smoking habit is a tough decision for a smoker to make, and even if the person is willing, the addiction sometimes has too firm a hold on the person. For such people, using physical methods of slowly weaning a person off of the smoking habit through nicotine replacement therapy alternatives might not work.
Trained professionals administer the process, so it is not advisable for an untrained person to try and administer smoking cessation hypnosis. The process is a scientific method and should be conducted step by step to allow the patient to progress out of the addiction.
However, this does not mean that addiction cannot be treated. Various psychological therapies are integral along with physical treatment to fully cure a person of their problem. One such method is the use of hypnosis or hypnotherapy, and this can be effective in 3 known ways.
For hypnosis to be effective, it is a must that the person be in a calm state of mind. This allows them to enter into this hypnotic trance where there is a significant change in metabolism, breathing and even thought patterns.
It is in this state when a person will be able to explore how their addiction works. By understanding how it flows through their system, they can gain a better understanding of how it can be overcome and formulate a strategy to beat the cravings. A relaxed state of mind can allow for such developments in the person while doing away with thoughts that can hinder the process of stress, anxiety, and guilt.
2. Avoid the Addiction
Sobriety is a must in the hypnotherapy session as it makes deep concentration a possibility. With that in mind, it is a must that one removes any substance in their system for a few days first before attempting the session. In the same line, it is essential that one seeks help so as not to ingest addictive substances while still in therapy.
Concentration is the foundation in hypnosis and substances that can alter the mind when ingested as drugs and alcohol can also limit the effectiveness of the session. In most cases, any person who has not removed the substances from their body while attempting hypnosis will only feel frustration and confusion in the process.
3. Seek Expert Help
Overcoming an addiction with hypnotherapy will require the help of someone who is an expert in hypnosis. In fact, how efficient the process can be will depend mostly on the one carrying out the method. However, hypnosis is something that cannot be done by anybody else which means extensive research regarding hypnotists is a must. This also goes without saying that you need to determine which are legit hypnotherapists and not.
It is also important to realize that level of expert help required will depend significantly on the addiction. For those recovering from their addiction to substances like alcohol, an essential therapist is more than enough as hypnotherapy for this level is more accessible to perform. For advanced forms of addiction like dependency on drugs and mind-altering substances, a far more experienced hypnotherapy expert is a must. For me, it was the best hypnotherapy in Reading, Berkshire that ultimately cured me.
Overcoming one’s dependence on substance can be treated if one is willing to explore all available options. With hypnotherapy, one can quickly found themselves back to a healthy and addiction-free life.