Are you ready to quit smoking? Have you already tried and failed to become a nonsmoker? Mark Twain once wrote, "It's easy to quit smoking. I've done it thousands of times." And, nearly a century ago, the magazine Punch, reporting on a raise in the tobacco tax predicted, "All those people who gave up smoking last year will do so again this year."
There are lots of ways to quit smoking from going cold turkey to going to a medical doctor for a prescription. But you may not have thought of using hypnosis for smoking cessation.
If you want an easy and simple way to quit smoking, hypnosis is a great method and has the added bonus of not putting chemicals in your body. Clients often ask me what are the side effects of using hypnosis to become a nonsmoker. The answer is simple, "you quit smoking."
My program for smoking cessation is simple. I ask a commitment to two sessions. There is no hypnosis in the first session. It is a clinical interview in which I will ask the client a lot of questions to understand their smoking habit. What do you smoke? How much do you smoke? What do you like about smoking? What do you dislike about smoking are just some of the questions that I will ask in the 90 minute interview.
At the end of the first session, I give the clients some forms to bring back to their second session. These will give me information about how they process stress, whether they are left or right brain dominant and whether their neurolinguistic learning channels are visual, auditory or kinesthetic. These help me design their individual hypnosis session.
The second session is about 75 minutes and includes a 45 minute hypnosis session which many clients choose to record on their cellphone for reinforcement. At the end of the second session, they will be nonsmokers.
I am so confident of this, that I guarantee that I if they slip I will do a free session and get them started again. Obviously, I couldn't do this if it happens often. Last year I saw two people that needed to do a free session. One started again when he picked up a cigarette at the funeral home when he was there for his mother's funeral. The other went on an alcoholic binge and found that alcohol brings down inhibitions.
Every hypnotherapist will have their own process but hypnosis can work to help you be the healthy nonsmoker you want to be.