Have you been through the mill of quit smoking programs from cold turkey to nicotine patches? Are you disappointed that nothing you have tried so far has had a lasting effect? That is because the myths that have evolved around quitting cigarettes have taken on a life of their own which has clouded the facts and made it difficult to know what is true and what is not.
Why Do I Give Up then Start Smoking Again?
Smoking is generally a coping mechanism for other issues such as anxiety, work, stress, relationships or study. To remove the coping mechanism without addressing the actual problem can leave you in a vulnerable state. For this reason people will often take up smoking again or shift to another coping mechanism such as comfort food or alcohol.
Without dealing with the underlying issues it is difficult to provide a permanent solution to the problem. This is why many people do not get the long lasting results they yearn for. Choosing the right approach and the right therapist is therefore essential to achieving your goal of becoming a non-smoker.
The first strategy that most people consider to quit smoking is to treat smoking as a nicotine addiction. If nicotine was addictive, a smoker could not slip into bed and forget about their addiction as they sleep soundly through the night, or go to the movies where they can not smoke. Often someone will say, ‘I just can’t go without a smoke when I get home from work – unless I walk the dog and then I don’t even think about it’. When you think about these and other anomalies you realise that the myth of nicotine addiction just does not ring true. This is why treating smoking as a nicotine addiction is generally ineffective.
Dismantling the Routines and Rituals
Each morning when a smoker wakes up the nicotine is mostly out of their system. But then, still half asleep and not fully in control of their wits, a smoker falls into the old routine of a coffee and a cigarette with breakfast and the daily cycle begins yet again. An effective smoking treatment must dismantle the beliefs, habits and rituals that surround smoking along with managing the compulsions and impulsive behaviour.
It is also important to ensure that one smoke in a stressful situation such as a funeral is a once off event that has no impact on your identity as a non-smoker.
Hypnosis Treatment to Quit Smoking
To deal effectively with smoking we offer a 4 Hour Quit Smoking treatment that is tailored to your individual needs and circumstances. In the sessions we may cover some or all of the following:
- Dealing with anxiety and stress without using cigarettes as a coping mechanism
- Dismantling the beliefs that are holding you back
- The myth of nicotine addiction
- Understanding how Quit Smoking campaigns can work against you
- Understanding why willpower has never worked for you and how to take control
- Managing rituals – the morning cigarette, timeouts, the after dinner cigarette
- Learning visualisation techniques to manage thoughts, feelings and compulsions
- Letting go of the past and putting it behind you (removing any unwanted images or movies from inside your head)
- Using deeper Ericksonian hypnosis to get your conscious and subconscious minds working together in harmony
- Reclaiming your identity as a non-smoker and taking control of the future
Anxiety and Smoking
Anxiety and stress are generally at the root of smoking and other supposed addictions. Often when we deal with the root cause of the problem and explain the misunderstandings, the coping mechanism simply falls away.