Can Hypnosis Help You Quit Smoking?

Updated: Jun 29, 2019

There is no doubt that the world is packed with different ways to quit smoking. And in their attempt to steer clear from this vice, a good number of smokers have tried everything from one-on-one counseling to quitting cold turkey to nicotine patches. There are even those who decided to use vaporizers and/or electronic cigarettes, although this method still involves nicotine (albeit at a small amount).

If you have tried all of the above methods and none of them worked, then it is time to consider undergoing hypnotherapy. While research about hypnosis being used as a way to stop smoking is still at infancy, there have been several studies in the past that somehow proved this method’s efficiency.

Interestingly, though, for hypnosis to actually work, you need to have faith in your therapist. Even more so, you have to be okay with the idea of being a passive and susceptible state of mind. Otherwise, hypnosis will not work and your goal of quitting smoking will not be reached.

History of Hypnotherapy as a Treatment

Hypnotherapy is not entirely a new thing. In fact, it has been used in the field of psychological treatment since the early 1950s. This was particularly when a psychiatrist by the name of Milton H. Erickson explained the potential of hypnosis as a way to replace traditional therapy. By 1958, both the American Psychological Association and the American Medical Association had recognized this method as a valid medical procedure.

Also, a study performed by the American College of Chest Physicians found out that hospitalized patients who smoke were likely to stop smoking through the use of hypnosis than those who used other smoking cessation techniques. The study basically asked participants to participate in a series of a hypnotherapy session. Within a period of six months, they were able to quit smoking.

The very use of this method as a way to help people ax the bad habit was described by Dr. Herbert Spiegel in his journal article back in 1970. This eventually led to dubbing the hypnotic strategy as the “Spiegel Technique.” By essence, the latter involves concentration on at least three main ideas:

· A person needs his/her body if he/she wants to live

· Smoking is nothing but poison to the human body

· Respecting and protecting your body are essential in living a longer life

Nowadays, however, hypnotherapists have found some ways to better the result of this method. For instance, they would associate cigarettes with unpleasant sensations, odors, and tastes. They would tell you that the cigarette smells like a bus fume, or perhaps will make you believe that you are already suffering from a disease caused by heavy smoking.

The Final Verdict

It cannot be denied that hypnotherapy is a great way to combat the urge to smoke. This is most especially when combined with other methods, such as nicotine patches or one-to-one counseling. Plus, it can also battle other conditions, such as depression, pain, and stress. You will even appreciate the fact that it does not require any use of medications.




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