Change of Mind Hypnosis
Becoming A Non-Smoker:
Hypnosis Works and It Lasts
habit is through the use of willpower. Like moods and emotions, willpower
power fades. It is usually neither consistent nor effective.
Among stop-smoking procedures there are countless methods, programs,
substitute products, pills, chewing gums, self-help tapes and books, etc.
Many area designed to help build up the personal power to resist or
overcome the addiction. Hypnosis does not work at achieving the strength to
resist. It is designed to eliminate the desire. Instead of giving up something
that a person enjoys (a sacrifice), the individual’s goal is to be rid of
something that isn’t wanted . . . a much more agreeable position
REASONS FOR SMOKING:
There are two principle reasons for smoking: Identification, and Replacement.
Identification is the situation in which the smoker indulges in the habit
because others, whom he or she admires, does so too . . . parents, peers,
entertainment or sports figures, etc. Identification smoking is the most
common and the easiest to eliminate.
Replacement smoking occurs when smoking is used to replace some deficit
in life. . . lack of companionship, love, acceptance, self-esteem, security,
independence, etc. . . . or to replace some pre-existing habit such as
overeating, reaction to anxiety or boredom, etc. Replacement smokers often
derive sensual gratification from smoking. They enjoy touching or feeling the
cigarettes, tapping the pack, seeing the flame of a lighter or the curling of
rising smoke, or the smell of the burning tobacco. Often the lighting of the
cigarette (or cigar or pipe) in itself becomes a ritual. Replacement smoking is
quite often a true and severe addiction.
THE NATURE OF SMOKING:
Since smoking is both physical and mental, success in a stop-smoking effort
must change not only the mental attitude, but the physical reaction. Through
hypnosis, it is possible to change the taste of a cigarette from pleasurable to
unpleasurable. When this is accomplished, problems often related to the
cessation of smoking tend to be avoided. Castor oil (or other bad tasting
medicine) may serve as an example. When a person gives up the ingestion of
castor oil there are no withdrawal symptoms, and there is no need to
compensate for the lack of the medicine through overeating, sucking hard
In some cases a gradual reduction in the number of cigarettes smoked
proves successful. Of many procedures available the hypnotherapist will
select that which is most appropriate for the individual client. In some cases,
effective cessation of smoking can be achieved in a single session. In other
cases three, four or five sessions may be required. Individual sessions have
the advantage of being adjustable to deal with the causes of the habit, the
gratifications provided, the characteristics of the clients and similar matters
not fitting group work.
Some smokers seek to fill a need to nurture themselves . . . to lessen
loneliness they may feel or to get a ‘pick-up’ at the start of or during the day.
Others feel smoking will relieve stress or provide moments of relaxation. Still
more feel cigarette smoking makes social contacts more comfortable. The
problem is that a habit adopted to meet a special need often proves
destructive, eliminating the need by destroying the smoker.
The risks entailed in smoking have been stressed and analyzed for years. The
aversion techniques of psychotherapy, when utilized in hypnotic applications,
can produce dramatic results. Data on ‘why’, ‘when’ and ‘where’ smoking is
indulged can reveal information helpful in planning stop-smoking therapy.
One of the most powerful attributes of the human psyche is the visualization
ability. Many hypnotists, working with many types of problems, program
clients to accept the belief that, “What the mind can conceive, you can
achieve!” This concept is common in fields of meditation, positive thinking,
spiritual faith and others. Hypnosis can help develop and focus the powers of
visualization. And since visualization is frequently undeveloped in clients,
and since it can be learned, hypnotism can serve as a teaching modality.
In stop-smoking programs, the ability to visualize one’s self as a non-smoker,
free from past effects of the habit, filled with new health, energy and vitality,
is a major asset. Visualization enable the client to picture in the mind
cigarettes as unappealing, bad tasting, foul smelling and otherwise revolting.
Likewise it is possible to picture and otherwise sense clean breath, healthy
appearance, sensitive tastes.
Through visualization, a smoker can perceive himself/herself as looking
healthier, more active, in better physical condition, with easier breathing,
stronger lungs and similar advantages. Through hypnosis, senses of sight,
touch, smell, hearing and taste all can be enhanced and used to modify
reactions as necessary to achieve goals.
Once a smoker has achieved success in a stop-smoking program, it is
necessary to reinforce the programming that led to the cessation of the
practice. Smoking habits are acquired over a long period of time. Even
though the smoker may have ceased smoking, the habit is likely to still be
active. But like most activities, if not used, it tends to fade and disappear. The
hypnotherapist will take measures to reinforce the programming during the
period (perhaps a couple of months) required for the habit to weaken,
providing a personalized recording to maintain success until the habit itself
This information was researched by the NGH educational faculty and is
distributed as a public information service by its members. The program that
is used at Change of Mind Hypnosis is the program which is highly
recommended by the National Guild of Hypnotists!
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