Hypnotherapy boasts over 85% success rate in stopping smoking.
Hypnosis therapy is a method of treatment where the patient is put into a trance-like state that is almost like being asleep. They are given suggestions by the hypnotherapist. These suggestions are intended to become subliminal messages. They may not be something that the subject is aware of, but they are there at the fringes of their mind, influencing them and helping them to make specific choices.
Hypnotic suggestions work on the part of the brain that generates automatic thoughts. When you see something, your mind may generate an automatic reaction based on past experiences or deep-rooted tendencies. Those automatic thoughts are directly affected by hypnosis, or at least that is the goal of this type of therapy.
There as many different hypnosis methods as there are brands of cigarettes, your typical hypnosis program will begin with a phone or one-on-one consultation which will determine if you are a suitable subject. If you are this is followed by an actual session where the client is walked through breathing and visualization exercises and then “induced” into a “trance” — which is essentially a state of extreme relaxation. Once the patient is in the trance, and his “suggestibility” is maximized, the practitioner makes statements (“I am uninterested in cigarettes” or “I hate the smell of smoke on my clothing”) that will hopefully take root and change the client’s behavior. Then the client is “awakened,” or brought out of the hypnotic state. In short, a hypnotherapist verbally guides a client to a hyper-responsive, hyper-attentive state in which the patient’s subconscious mind (the part that tells them that smoking is cool and totally worth it) is in its most persuadable state, and then replaces the harmful or unwanted thoughts with positive, healthy ones.
Hypnotherapy has helped thousands of people quit smoking
Many of these people had tried nicotine replacement therapy, medications and cold turkey without success, but yes, they did manage to stop smoking with hypnotherapy. Many new clients are referrals from friends who have given up smoking with the aid of hypnotherapy. Another benefit of using hypnosis is that you can quit smoking without gaining weight.
The good news is that hypnosis can be highly effective for smoking cessation; research shows that when done correctly the success rate is slightly above 85%. Compare that to the success rates of trying to quit on your own: 5%, using behavior therapy 25%, or using Nicotine Replacement Products, 25% and hypnosis looks like the best option out there. In fact, there is no other method supported by research that even comes close.