Does Using Hypnosis To Stop Smoking Really Work?
You’ve heard all the reasons why you should stop smoking. You’ve even heard all the numerous ways to quit that don’t work. Now it’s time to learn how to really quit smoking for good. And yes, using hypnotherapy to stop smoking really does work if you learn a few facts before you try to quit smoking with hypnosis.
Let’s start with a fact: Hypnosis has the highest success rate of all quit smoking methods combined. It is the only safe and completely natural method available aside from using pure will power to quit cold turkey.
However, few smokers actually consider hypnosis when they make their decision to quit smoking. That’s probably due to a number of misconceptions about what hypnosis is and what it can and cannot do. Thanks to television and movies, hypnosis has gained an undeserved bad rap that has caused millions of folks to over look the most succesful quit smoking method available.
Easy Way Stop Smoking is devoted to setting the record straight on a number of things:
There may be a number of reasons why those who failed to quit smoking through hypnosis were unsuccessful. The two most common reasons for failure are smoker readiness and hypnotherapist incompetence.
In order for any smoking cessation technique to be successful, it’s imperative that the smoker actually wants to quit and be ready to quit. Additionally, they must have a fairly high level of confidence that the technique they choose will be successful. Entering any quit smoking program believing you’ll fail will undoubtedly end in failure. Furthermore, choosing a competent and experienced quit smoking hypnotherapist would be very advisable.
Over the years I’ve talked with a number of smokers who’ve tried to quit smoking using hypnosis who failed. The one constant theme I’ve heard over and over again is that their hypnotherapist centered their efforts around cigarettes tasting bad, smoking making them sick, or convincing them that they do not crave cigarettes.
While those techniques may work on some patients, they fail in the majority of cases. They fail because they are only treating one side of the addiction coin…they try to convince the patient through negative suggestions that they don’t want to smoke, instead of finding a way to naturally bypass the craving with positive suggestions.
Don’t get me wrong. Every hypnotist attempts to use positive suggestion when hypnotizing their patientin some manner or other. But there is a difference between making positive statements using negative thoughts and images rather than making positive hypnotic suggestions based on positive thoughts and imagery. Positive imagery outperforms negative imagery hands down.
Bear in mind, stating a negative idea in a positive manner is not positive hypnotic suggestion. A quit smoking therapist can positively state all day long that smoking makes you sick and have you positively believe it, but that is not a positive suggestion. Nor is it very effective, because, unless it has the immediate effect of you quitting right then and there, you’ll simply get sick from it every time you smoke, and you’re subconscious will reject the command. An example of a positive suggestion is, you feel a sense of happiness when you become aware that you no longer need to smoke and your desire to smoke vanishes immediately.
When using hypnosis to quit smoking, a competent quit smoking hypnotherapist implants positive suggestions that create a bridge from negative behavior to positive behavior. To understand what is missing in the typical stop smoking hypnotherapy program, you have to first understand what you are addicted to in reality. The fact is, you are not truly addicted to nicotine as severely as you have been led to believe. We’ve all been told how horribly addictive nicotine is, that it’s “more addictive than heroin.”
Let’s get real. Nicotine is in no way close to being as addictive as heroin. How the “experts” can continually to get away with such exaggerations is beyond me. One wonders why “medical experts” and researchers would resort to hyper exaggerations regarding a substance than can be easily cleansed from the body in 72 hours…unless these “experts” have an ulterior motive. Care to guess what that motive might be?
I’ll give you a hint. Pssst…the FDA & big pharmaceutical companies…there’s big bucks in the business of selling nicotine. Isn’t that funny though? In one breath we’re told how deadly and addictive nicotine is and that nicotine kills, yet in the next breath, the same folks are peddling nicotine products…the very substance they tell us is deadly and highly addictive.
The truth however, is that nicotine is in no way close to being as addictive as heroin. Nicotine merely unlocks the true addictive chemical that your brain naturally releases whenever you do or think something that it believes is pleasurable or good for you. That chemical is dopamine. That’s what is as addictive as heroin.
When smokers quit smoking for more than 3 days (that’s how long it takes to eliminate nicotine from the body entirely), they begin to experience cravings. Cravings are often confused with nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Cravings are not nicotine withdrawal symptoms. They are dopamine depletion symptoms. Smokers become addicted to smoking through a process of hypnosis, either self induced or induced as a result of numerous other methods including hypnotic advertising. Dopamine is the reward for your efforts.
Regardless of the means of becoming hypnotized into smoking addiction. What is most always the difference between successfully quitting smoking through hypnosis and failure is whether the quit smoking hypnotist uses positive suggestions that help the smoker elicit an equally strong blast of dopamine in response to an alternate thought, image, or idea whenever they experience a craving to light up or not.
Dopamine depletion symptoms can only be eliminated by giving the body what it needs . Your body wants dopamine, not nicotine.
In the first place, nicotine replacement products will not satisfy your dopamine needs anywhere nearly as effectively as lighting up and smoking a cigarette will. Which is why more than 90% of smokers who use nicotine replacement products take up the habit again within 12 months of quitting…the nrp just doesn’t fulfill the cravings for dopamine the way inhaling a cigarette does. It is the act of smoking that releases dopamine, not nicotine uptake. On the other hand, quitting smoking through hypnosis allows the smoker to find other avenues of dopamine release that are far healthier and actually easier to achieve than can be done through smoking.
However, what is missing from the typical failed hypnotherapy program is hypnotic suggestions that trigger dopamine in response to a positive action or thought, rather than focusing on trying to convince the smoker he or she finds smoking repulsive. We all know that smokers who enjoy smoking don’t find it repulsive. They mistakenly believe that smoking relaxes them and gives them more clarity of thought, which is interpreted as a positive reason to continue to smoke. Consequently, the brain rewards this behavior with continual dopamine releases.
Furthermore, most smokers do not quit because they find smoking repulsive, they quit for reasons like failing health, social acceptance or expense. More than likely, they still enjoy smoking very much and are reluctantly trying to quit. It is the hypnotherapist’s job to suggest positive alternatives rather than feeding negative fears. Fear is a very destructive force to human health.
As mentioned earlier, a smart or competent quit smoking hypnotherapist will implant positive suggestions to release dopamine in response to healthy alternatives to smoking whether the hypnotist is aware of dopamine addiction or not. It is the nature of positive imagery verses negative imagery that makes quitting through hypnosis possible.
You need to be aware of one thing though. It’s important to make the new alternative release of dopamine a healthier choice than the one it is replacing, as it will become the new habit replacing the old unhealthy smoking habit once hypnosis is successful. You wouldn’t want to replace smoking with an unhealthy habit like eating candy bars all day, would you?
If you’re a smoker looking for a real way to permanently quit smoking just ask yourself one question. Would you rather be an ex-smoker that craves cigarettes – or a non-smoker who never gives them a thought?