A Hypnotic Approach for Quitting Cigarette Smoking

Does Hypnosis do the job?

Hypnosis basically is helpful and lately being more focused on in many fields.  The good news is that hypnosis can be highly effective for quitting smoking; many researches show that when done correctly the success rate is above 66%. Compare that to the success rates of trying to quit on your own: 5%, using behavior therapy 25%, or using Nicotine Replacement Products, 25% . Therefore, hypnosis looks like one of  the best options available between all.

However, quitting a smoking can be intensely challenging for some. Many attempt to quit and then fall back into the same  habit. Because those who attempt to quit are often so determined to fight the addiction, they are often willing to try a bevy of ideas. This is a great way to approach the task as what may work wonderfully for one, may not work at all for another. Some methods people try, but not limited to:

  • Nicotine Patches
  • Nicotine Gum
  • Counseling
  • Prescription Medications
  • Behavior Modification Techniques
  • Hypnosis

Hypnosis for Smokers

During hypnosis for smoking cessation, a patient is often asked to imagine unpleasant outcomes from smoking. For example, the hypnotherapist might suggest that cigarette smoke smells like truck exhaust, or that smoking will leave the patient’s mouth feeling extremely parched.

Spiegel’s method is a well-known smoking cessation hypnosis technique that focuses on three main ideas:

  • Smoking poisons the body
  • You need your body to live
  • You should respect your body and protect it (to the extent you’d like to live)

In many cases, a hypnotherapist will also teach the individual the art of self-hypnosis. This type of therapy can include everything from audio, video and even journaling therapy. There are even free online hypnosis sessions  available on YouTube.

How to locate a good Hypnotist?

  1. Get a personal referral.  Ask someone you trust, like a friend or family member, if they have been to a hypnotherapist themselves or if they know someone who has.
  2. Ask for a professional referral from a similar business. Your physician, chiropractor, psychologist, dentist, or other medical professional may be able to recommend a qualified hypnotherapist. They will also be working with some knowledge of your medical history that may aid them in recommending a hypnotherapist who specializes in your condition.
  3. Search for a Hypnotherapist online. The General Hypnotherapy Register and the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis are good places to start a search.
    • Visit a half dozen or so websites. A hypnotherapists personal website can give you a good idea of what they are like, whether or not they specialize in anything in particular, and provide some insight into their methods and background.
    • Check to see if they have testimony from previous patients.
    • Make sure the site lists the hypnotherapists credentials.
  4. Check with your insurance. If you have insurance which covers mental health you can call them directly and ask for physicians or other medical personal in your network that practice hypnosis.
    • You may also be able to access this information on your insurance companies website.
    • Call your state psychological association or state counseling association and ask for the names of licensed psychologists or licensed professional counselors who list hypnosis as one of their specialties.
  5. Consider a long distance appointment if necessary. When it comes to your health, quality over convenience is always the way to go. If you are having trouble finding a qualified hypnotherapist in your immediate area, expand your search radius to include other nearby towns or neighborhoods.


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