Quit Smoking With Hypnosis
Hypnosis makes it easier to stop smoking — for good. One study has found that hypnosis is more effective than behavioral therapy when it comes to quitting cigarettes. And another study has found that even a single hypnosis session makes it easier for people to cut down or quit. But why is hypnosis effective at helping people stop smoking?
While nicotine is addictive, it’s often the habit and the mental associations that we make with smoking that can make the habit so difficult to break.
Many smokers believe that they need to smoke to feel calm. This is a myth. As Psychology Today notes, ingesting nicotine causes “a discharge of epinephrine from the adrenal cortex, causing a sudden release of glucose.”
Epinephrine (also known as adrenaline) plays a crucial role in the “fight, flight, or frieze” phenomenon that prepares us to escape a perceived threat. Along with the adrenaline spike, your blood pressure also rises, putting you at greater risk for a heart attack. These effects are the opposite of what happens in our body when we are calm.
Smoking, in other words, isn’t calming you down; it’s making you agitated. And being agitated makes you crave another cigarette.
Stopping Smoking With Hypnosis
In our hypnosis session, we’ll look at your goals, your motivation, any past successes in stopping smoking, and what may be holding you back.
We’ll use hypnosis to empower you to quit and to help you to relax (so that you aren’t reaching for the cigarette).
We’ll use mental imagery (which has been shown to be an effective technique for quitting smoking long term) to help you overcome the mental habit of smoking.
And, lastly, I’ll teach you some simple techniques of self-hypnosis and relaxation so that you’re ready for life without the smoking habit.
After your last cigarette, although nicotine will still be detectable in your urine for a few weeks, it will exit your blood in between one to three days. So, you’ll be able to use those techniques over those few days (and longer, if necessary) to cultivate calm and confidence in your ability to resist, as the nicotine exists — and has less and less effect on — your body.
Results may vary from person to person.