Your addiction is 1% physical and 99% mental or emotional based. Surprised? I was. My thoughts were focused on the physical need to continue with a habit. Also, to my surprise was the fact that an addict believed they receive absolute enjoyment or benefit from the habit. For example, a meth addict may have started using to dull an emotional pain. Now, they still have the emotional pain and an expensive addiction to keep up. Their fear of becoming meth-free is overridden by a physical withdrawal and the emotional pain they originally covered up.
Much like the addiction of smoking, they now have the fear of health issues, the cost, possibly the shame of the said dependence. The fear of quitting looms over them suggesting they might be miserable if they quit. This fear is the reason they remain hooked.
Similar to weight loss, this is an eight-week course that focuses on modifying your habits.
What you need to bring to your first session:
- A written explanation about how no longer smoking makes you feel.
- A written statement about what you will do instead of focusing on a cigarette.
- How many cigarettes do you smoke a day?
I want you to know and welcome the feeling of being free from your addiction. Many do not think about how it will feel to be free of habits they’ve had for years.
We will focus on what you will feel after you no longer smoke/vape, and non-beneficial feelings associated with those emotions. During our first couple of sessions, I will ask you to reduce your cigarette consumption by five a day. Once your comprehension of the benefits of being a smoker take root, you will no longer desire to light up.
Hypnosis became popular in the early 1800’s and precedes calorie counting or watching your carb as an effective strategy to manage weight. The legitimate case studies of the respected hypnotist who focus on long-term behavior changes receive little to no notice while their counter-productive associate the stage hypnotist focuses on short term bizarre behavior and get the majority of attention. This type of security hasn’t helped authenticate the many case studies.
I remember reading (and can not produce at this time) several hypnotic studies that stated that weight-reduction clients lost twice as much weight as those clients who didn’t use hypnosis. The study followed the clients for a few years to record relapses. Many did not relapse due to being able to listen to their cassette recordings periodically. While your session is a different topic, the lack of relapse is my focal point.
We have all heard the phrase, “The answer is within yourself.” Reprogramming your subconscious mind, allows your answer to come from within. When your emotional and physical balance comes into harmony, your ability to release excess your habit becomes automatic.
For those who believe they can not be hypnotized, your initial session will be nonsmoking related. Once you give permission for your hypnotist to work with you, then your change is allowed to happen. This expectation of being helped is necessary for your smoking cessation induction to work at its optimal level.
My suggestion for long term change is to focus on positive statements. For example, we would focus on the statement: too many cigarettes are unhealthy for my body. I choose to enjoy my smoke-free body. If you have positive mantras you would like to use make sure you include them in the journal you bring to our appointment.
Become aware of your habits and then modify the detrimental habit. You must replace the bad program with a good program, and the good program with the better program.
At this time, I suggest eight sessions and listening to the recording (Not to be listened to in a car) between sessions for maximum benefit. If you choose to implement the 20-minute positive affirmation recording at the same time (can be listened to in a car), its benefits will give your confidence a boost providing an essential element to eliminate your habit.