Quit Smoking With Hypnosis

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I was once asked, “When should I expect to stop smoking with hypnotherapy?” The answer is: immediately.

The results of the largest study ever of its kind revealed that “hypnosis was the most effective way to quitting smoking.” And that, “People were six times more likely to quit with one session of hypnosis and remain non-smokers over 12 months after their session, compared to those who used Nicotine Replacement Therapy.” This doesn’t mean that the hypnotherapist will wave a magic wand and say, “Stop smoking” and you will. The magic in hypnotherapy is bypassing the critical mind and speaking directly to the subconscious mind. The suggestions are accepted by the subconscious mind because they fulfill your desire to stop smoking, with new thoughts, responses, and actions, to assist you in achieving your goal, and to improve the quality of your life. And, unless you choose otherwise, they remain a permanent part of every cell of your mind and body, and are extremely effective.

Self-improvement is easily and permanently achieved when the mind and body are working together to create the reality you desire. Bringing back memories of times before smoking and how that felt, motivational suggestions to promote a healthy lifestyle and to improve the quality of your life, providing new responses and actions to stress or boredom, visualization of your goal accomplished and how that feels, and establishing triggers while in trance, are incorporated to provide you with a natural defense from negative behaviors. And, with smoking it can usually be accomplished in only two sessions! For those with deep-rooted issues that need to be identified and released it may take a little longer.

The important thing to remember is that when you stop smoking you will begin to reverse the risk of cancer, heart attack, or stroke. Your lungs will become pink and healthy again, and you will be able to breathe effortlessly again.

Here is a brief review of some of the research evidence on the effectiveness of hypnosis to stop smoking :

90.6% Success Rate for Smoking Cessation Using Hypnosis

Of 43 consecutive patients undergoing this treatment protocol, 39 reported remaining abstinent from tobacco use at follow-up (6 months to 3 years post-treatment). This represents a 90.6% success rate using hypnosis.

University of Washington School of Medicine, Depts. of Anesthesiology and Rehabilitation Medicine, Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2001 Jul;49(3):257-66. Barber J. 

87% Reported Abstinence From Tobacco Use With Hypnosis

A field study of 93 male and 93 female CMHC outpatients examined the facilitation of smoking cessation by using hypnosis. At 3-month follow-up, 86% of the men and 87% of the women reported continued abstinence from the use of tobacco using hypnosis.

Performance by gender in a stop-smoking program combining hypnosis and aversion. Johnson DL, Karkut RT. Adkar Associates, Inc., Bloomington, Indiana. Psychol Rep. 1994 Oct;75(2):851-7. 
PMID: 7862796 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

81% Reported They Had Stopped Smoking After Hypnosis

Thirty smokers enrolled in an HMO were referred by their primary physician for treatment. Twenty-one patients returned after an initial consultation and received hypnosis for smoking cessation. At the end of treatment, 81% of those patients reported that they had stopped smoking, and 48% reported abstinence at 12 months post-treatment.

Texas A&M University, System Health Science Center, College of Medicine, College Station, TX USA. Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2004 Jan;52(1):73-81. Clinical hypnosis for smoking cessation: preliminary results of a three-session intervention. Elkins GR, Rajab MH.

Hypnosis Patients Twice As Likely To Remain Smoke-Free After Two Years

Study of 71 smokers showed that after a two-year follow up, patients that quit with hypnosis were twice as likely to remain smoke-free than those who quit on their own.

Guided health imagery for smoking cessation and long-term abstinence. Wynd, CA. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2005; 37:3, pages 245-250.

Hypnosis More Effective Than Drug Interventions For Smoking Cessation

Group hypnosis sessions, evaluated at a less effective success rate (22% success) than individualized hypnosis sessions. However, group hypnosis sessions were still demonstrated here as being more effective than drug interventions.

Ohio State University, College of Nursing, Columbus, OH 43210, USA Descriptive outcomes of the American Lung Association of Ohio hypnotherapy smoking cessation program. Ahijevych K, Yerardi R, Nedilsky N. 

Hypnosis Most Effective Says Largest Study Ever: 3 Times as Effective as Patch and 15 Times as Effective as Willpower.

Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit. A meta-analysis, statistically combining results of more than 600 studies of 72,000 people from America and Europe to compare various methods of quitting. On average, hypnosis was over three times as effective as nicotine replacement methods and 15 times as effective as trying to quit alone.

University of Iowa, Journal of Applied Psychology, How One in Five Give Up Smoking. October 1992. (Also New Scientist, October 10, 1992.) 

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