Stopping smoking is not easy but it can be done. To be successful you have to really want to stop and you have to be ready.
How Can Hypnotherapy Help In Smoking Cessation ?
Hypnotherapy is a wonderful collaboration between the client and the hypnotherapist. The client tells the therapist what they want to work on - and the therapist then takes (or induces) the client into a state of hypnosis. Typically this is done through a guided relaxation of the mind and body as the client continues to focus more and more intently on the voice of the hypnotherapist. When the hypnotherapist is satisfied that the client is in hypnosis he then introduces powerful suggestions and visualizations into the focused mind of the client - carefully crafted so that the client can achieve their stated goals.
Does the Client Lose Control In Hypnosis?
This is a common fallacy and nothing could be further from the truth! You can hear and respond to everything during the therapeutic process and you are an active participant in the therapy. Everyone under hypnosis has the experience "oh I could stop this and come out of this anytime I want."
Addictions = habits = conditioned reflexes
A habit is simply an automatic way of responding to a given stimulus - an automatic reflex. Usually a positive experience has become associated with a particular action; this is nearly ALWAYS a reduction in stress, anxiety, emotional distress, agitation or boredom/restlessness - and a consequent feeling of relief. Sometimes pleasure, rather than lowering of stress, is the dominant associated emotion.
Negative behavioral habits are nearly always associated with lowering stress (self-soothing) and/or pleasure.
Triggers for negative habitual behaviour are usually agitation, boredom, uneasiness, emotional distress, mild or medium levels of anxiety or stress - or sometimes simply not getting sufficient pleasure and satisfaction from other areas of our life.
The subconscious mind is programmed by society to know that the use of tobacco (smoking or chewing it) is not healthy and is undesirable behavior, therefore, it accepts the fact that use of tobacco is a disorder. While the client is in a hypnotic state, the therapist programs the client's subconscious mind to automatically link anything the client does which perpetuates this disorder (use of tobacco) to the client's past emotional feelings of sadness. For instance, a client may have experienced sadness as a child when his puppy dog ran away from home. The act of perpetuating the client's disorder (smoking a cigarette) causes the client to feel as sad as he was when he was a child, and his puppy dog ran away from home. The result of this method causes the client to change his behavior. The act of smoking a cigarette or chewing tobacco no longer is a pleasure for the client. Indeed, it brings on a mild state of sadness which can only be corrected when the client chooses to stop the behavior which perpetuates his disorder (smoking or chewing tobacco).
Conversely, with use of hypnotic regression and neurolinguistic programming, the client is regressed back to times which were the happiest he experienced. The emotional state of happiness is then neurolinguistically linked to the client's act of refusing to smoke or chew tobacco. Therefore, every time the client chooses to not use tobacco; he is filled with the feelings of happiness and joy from his past experiences. The client now derives pleasure by merely doing what he should be doing to eliminate his disorder.
Hypnotherapy incorporates stress relief to promote successful tobacco use cessation. Immediately after our client's have completed our hypnotherapy session, they are in a state of total relaxation, free from stress and stress induced pain such as headaches and muscle pain. They feel relieved of negative issues in their life which can only be remedied with forgiveness. After the session, many of our clients are in a state of mind where they realize they have a fresh start in life and may recreate their life to become what they want to be in a most wholesome and healthy manner (which includes not using tobacco products). This is an excellent mental platform on which to stand when eliminating addictive and habitual use of tobacco from one's behavior.
Therefore the treatment plan for overcoming habits or addictions focuses on:
Relapse is avoided by making sure that clients have there sources - positive habits and new experiences and understanding - to stay on their chosen path of being free from the habit. The whole programme fosters a deep sense of self-belief and this is essential for change and relapse prevention.
My goal is for clients to become addicted to positive habits... in particular deep muscular relaxation. When one is able to experience deep muscular relaxation at will then the mind is calm and negative habits lose all meaning and purpose. In addition all reflex responses are lowered when our muscles are more relaxed