Hypnotherapy to stop smoking is a widely used set of interventions and an effective alternative for people who wish to stop smoking without putting on weight or experiencing symptoms of withdrawal. Hypnotherapy carries a good rate of success with smokers who want to stop smoking. Hypnotherapy to stop smoking delivers positive results up to 80% of the time. This rate of success is far higher than other techniques.
When it comes to hypnotherapy to stop smoking, it takes full co-operation of the client for hypnotherapy to have the full effect. The fact is that the client has to be committed to stop smoking, and the more committed the individual is to stopping, the more effective hypnotherapy will be.
If you are reading this section then you are probably interested in exploring the possibility of giving up smoking using hypnotherapy. At this stage, we would ask you to think very carefully about how strong your desire to stop is. If you think it would be ‘nice to do’ but aren’t really sure, if you think it would be nice to do but know that the timing isn’t really right for you to give yourself the very best chance to stop smoking, then we would advise you to wait.
Our work with smokers has demonstrated that those who have the strongest desire to stop; e.g. 8 or 9 out of 10 on a scale where 10/10 equates to 100% commitment, are the ones who will be the most successful in the long term.
Stop smoking information
The great news is that the benefits of stopping smoking begin almost immediately. When you stop smoking, according to the NHS website, the following changes begin in your body:
- After 20 minutes your blood pressure and pulse return to normal
- After 24 hours your lungs start to clear
- After two days your body is nicotine-free and your sense of taste and smell improve
- After three days you can breathe more easily, and your energy increases
- After two to twelve weeks, your circulation improves
- After three to nine months coughs, wheezing and breathing improves
- After one year your heart attack risk is half that of a smoker
- After 10 years your lung cancer risk is half that of a smoker
Smoking statistics from ASH
How can Cognitive Hypnotherapy to stop smoking help?
There are lots of ‘reasons’ why people tell us that they haven’t been able to stop smoking before:
- ‘I’ve always smoked’ – Really? We’ve yet to see a baby born with a packet of Benson and Hedges in its hands!
- ‘I have a very stressful job/life’ – We can help you to manage your stress without the need for cigarettes
- ‘I can’t manage the cravings’ – Yes you can! We will teach you tools and techniques to help you feel confident. More than this, we will help silence the nagging voice in your head/the feeling that ‘I can’t do this’. Many clients report that once this happens cravings really aren’t an issue – in fact, anything they notice is simply a sign of their body adjusting to life as a non-smoker.
At this stage it is absolutely normal to have doubts and worries about how you might manage the effects that you imagine you will experience if you stop smoking. All that is important is that you are sure that you have made the decision that this is the right time for you to do so and that you are committed to the process.