Quitting smoking is easier than you think
In an article written by Hannah Simmons for Modern Health Central (www.moderhealthcentral.com) she asks, "What does Matt Damon, Drew Barrymore, Ben Afleck, Charlize Theron and Ellen DeGeneres all have in common? They quit smoking using hypnotherapy. Celebrities have discovered the effective results of hypnotherapy and have used it to conquer their own smoking habits."
And, indeed, Simmons cites results compiled by researchers at the University of Iowa. They combined more than 600 studies of smoking cessation programs involving 72,000 people from North America and Europe. Hypnosis was found to be over 3 times more effective than nicotine replacement therapy and 15 times more effective than quitting cold turkey.
Different Types of Addiction
Smoking is a combination of two types of addiction; physical and mental. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states that, "a key brain chemical involved in mediating and the desire to consume drugs is the neurotransmitter dopamine, and research has shown that nicotine increases levels of dopamine in the reward circuits."
Indeed nicotine addiction is considered one of the strongest addictions. NIDA states that "Cigarette smoking kills as estimated 440,000 U.S. citizens each year – more than alcohol, illegal drug use, homicide, suicide, car accidents and AIDS combined, Between 1964 and 2004, more than 12 million Americans died prematurely from smoking and another 25 million U.S. smokers alive today will most likely die of a smoking–related illness."
But the real struggle for smokers lie in overcoming the mental addiction. Over time smokers have trained their subconscious mind to make smoking an automatic behavior involving habits ands rituals, such as having a cigarette with coffee or after a meal.
How Hypnotherapy Helps You Quit
Hypnotherapy works on the subconscious rather than only treating the physical urges. Hypnotherapy focuses on the subconscious urges behind the addiction and breaks the positive connections the mind associates with cigarette smoking. The hypnotherapist replaces these associations by giving the smoker an empowering perspective through verbal suggestions. These suggestions categorize smoking as something undesirable – or unnecessary. Over time these suggestions embed in the subconscious and reduce the smoker's desire to smoke. Additionally, hypnotherapy is regarded as a much safer and drug–free way to quit smoking; something that cannot be attributed to most of the stop smoking aids currently on the market.
So the question is, can the average smoker afford to go to a hypnotherapist? When you take into account that a pack a day smoker will spend over $2000 a year on cigarettes, the cost then becomes negligible and health benefits are countless.