“Patrick, just wanted to drop a line to say thanks for helping me quit smoking. Tomorrow it will be 2 weeks, and I have to admit, it was easier than I expected. My husband and I appreciate your help more than you’ll know. Thank you for giving me my life back. Take care.”
It is common to think of cigarettes as a chemical addiction. It is my experience that the physical addiction is far less important than the habitual and emotional enjoyment of the process of smoking. Otherwise the patch and gum would be a lot more effective.
Alison’s experience (see above) is very typical of what we see with smoking clients. It can be much easier to quit smoking when using effective hypnosis techniques. Why?
Our mind strongly separates thinking and emotional processes. The difficulty with stopping smoking is that most people develop a complex emotional attachment to cigarettes. People think of them as a way to take a break, or as a way to relax. The habitual patterns built this way ARE emotionally important. They become such a part of the fabric of the day that people come count on them to create comfort and happiness.
Patterns of emotion and habit are a part of our subconscious or emotional mind. Trying to take something away from this part of ourselves is like taking candy or a toy away from a child. Reason holds no power here. The emotions always win. This is the trouble with ‘quitting’ in the first place. ‘Quitting smoking’ is the thinking mind telling the emotional mind what to do. This is usually very ineffective.
The beauty of a high quality hypnosis process is that you can make decisions with your emotional mind. Rather than ‘quitting’ cigarettes you can decide to make an informed adult choice to move in a new direction.
This removes the uncertainty and the pain of denying yourself something you want.
There are two approaches to using hypnosis for smoking cessation.
For most people, those who only need help with the basic physical and emotional attachment to cigarettes
ONE SESSION of hypnosis is enough.
One session will work for those who are highly motivated and not DEPENDENT on the emotional resource of smoking,
For most of our clients the single session approach to quit smoking is successful. Some people however have come to a place where it feels that cigarettes provide the very glue that holds their lives together. They believe they NEED cigarettes to get through the day, to reduce stress, and they often come to think of cigarettes as a friend… if this is you, you would be wise to
consider using TWO SESSIONS to stop smoking.
The process will be tailored to your feelings, needs and expectations. you will learn relaxation techniques to handle the various other pressures of your life.
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