Smoking is incredibly destructive to your health. We all know this. Doctors tell us not to smoke, as it’ll cause cancer, emphysema, heart disease and numerous other preventable chronic illnesses. Ads tell us not to smoke, as it’ll cause premature aging and asthma. And yet, nicotine is still the drug of choice for so many Americans.
For many smokers, it’s not due to a lack of trying, as proved by the fact that 46% of smokers try to quit each year using any of the numerous smoking cessation aids available. These can include prescription medications, nicotine supplementation, or a combination thereof, in order to treat physical nicotine withdrawal and help wean people off of their addictions. While these treatments are certainly helpful for some people, they do have one major flaw: they only treat the physical symptoms associated with the smoker’s addiction to nicotine. But the truth is that the vast majority of smokers need emotional support as part of their treatment as well in order to help them quit once and for all.
This need for emotional support while quitting is why hypnosis can be such an excellent tool in your smoking cessation arsenal. Hypnosis works by meeting the emotional and mental needs of smokers who genuinely want to quit. Hypnosis can be used to help with the stress, anxiety, and social pressures that many people associate with their nicotine habit.
Hypnosis also helps bring the goals of the smoker into focus. In the relaxed, focused state of hypnosis, (what some people call a “trance,”) the hypnotherapist may say to the smoker, “I want you to imagine yourself at full health. How do you look? Have your wrinkles softened? Do your fingernails look clear? Picture your teeth, now bright white. Now take a deep breath. Breathe in, deep, deep breath, and now breathe out. Now imagine what it will be like to take this one full breath easily, free of wheezing, discomfort, or coughing. Imagine how that breath will feel coming from truly clean lungs.”
Hypnosis can help you maintain your motivation by using this type of vivid imagery when you’re in a hypnotic state to make you, without smoking, a reality. At this point, you’re bringing to the forefront of your mind your ultimate goal: a healthier, freer you. For many smokers, this is the best way possible to ensure that they can finally kick the habit for good.