All over the world, people are spending billions of dollars on things that kill them slowly, be it food, liquor, or a vastly popular vice: smoking. But what about trying to quit? When conventional pills, shots, patches or gums just don't work to help a person stop smoking, and when cold turkey is just *not* an option, what is there left for you to do when you want to quit? One popular answer is to turn to hypnosis or hypnotherapy. Hypnosis and hypnotherapy are tested viable options to consider in your journey to become a non-smoker, especially if, for instance, you do not wish to take medication to break the habit.
Busting the Myths about Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
First off, let it be said that you will NOT come out of your hypnosis sessions wanting to take off all your clothes, bark like a dog, or any other silly thing that hypnotists in the entertainment industry do to their participants. Here are some other things about hypnosis which just are not true:
- Hypnosis for smoking cessation will change who you are. FALSE! The suggestions provided in sessions dealing with quitting smoking are based solely on releasing yourself from the psychological effects of your addiction.
- Hypnosis treatments must be continued throughout the rest of your life. Also false. Many people will only require one treatment, and be provided the information they need to be able to reinforce the hypnotic suggestions on their own.
- Hypnosis treatments are a scam. Failure sometimes feels like a scam, doesn't it? Like most treatments, hypnosis may not work for everyone. As with any approach to smoking cessation, explore your options and information thoroughly - speak with your physician!
Information presented by the American Heart Association states that:
- An estimated 26 million men and 20 million women in the US smoke.
Meanwhile, a site called The Ultimate Quit Smoking Guide states that:
- 17% of Australians smoke
- 70% of Chinese men smoke
- 12% of smokers are 'heavy' smokers, individuals who smoke more than a pack a day!
- Smoking kills half a million people a year through tobacco-related illness
If you aren't put off by these numbers, check out the video below, and the related videos attached to it.
Singaporean Stop Smoking Ad
The Key to quitting via hypnosis/hypnotherapy is to reinforce positive action through subliminal suggestion.
One reason people cite for choosing the path of hypnotherapy or hypnosis to quit smoking is that it is the only treatment type besides quitting cold turkey which does not replace one addiction with another. There is no patch or gum paired with hypnosis treatments, simply the treatment itself. This means that beyond the exodus of nicotine and harmful chemicals during the process of smoking cessation, there are no additional detriments to your health by choosing this method of dealing with your addiction.
If you think hypnotherapy will help you quit smoking, talk to your doctor and get a qualified professional to perform the treatment. Go in to your session with positive thoughts and healthy living in mind! You can do it!
beccas90 from New York on March 12, 2010:
If seeing your hub one smoker decides to quit then you've helped save a life so pictures, words, videos - whatever works for whomever sees it. Most quit though because of health reasons or a life changing event.
Kiz Robinson (author) from New Orleans, Louisiana on April 01, 2009:
Thanks for the tip, but I present the information in a way I find compelling. When presented with the ugly reality of what we smokers do to ourselves, the results may surprise you.
Covert Hypnosis 1 on April 01, 2009:
Good info, but I find the pictures kind of appaling. First, they are disgusting to look at, and second, those pictures haven't helped smokers quiet... maybe put some more pleasant looking thing here?
SunSeven from Singapore / India on August 28, 2008:
To quit smoking, you have to start first :) LOL!!
And, perhaps, all Alzheimer's patients should take up smoking, according to the latest medical(?) news!
Kiz Robinson (author) from New Orleans, Louisiana on August 28, 2008:
Thanks for the stories and feedback folks! If there's anything you think I missed, let me know by clicking the "contact gamergirl" link up top under my picture!
Ryan Hupfer from San Francisco, CA on August 28, 2008:
Looking good! :)
Dottie1 from MA, USA on August 27, 2008:
Thanks CheryleJ, your the best!!!!!
CheryleJ from NEW JERSEY on August 27, 2008:
Great hub. I also struggle with quitting, but I am not ready and I have to make my mind up to just stop or like Dottie I will waste money on things that will sit aaround while I keep smoking. Thanks for sharing your struggle and I wish you well with quitting.
Dottie1 from MA, USA on August 27, 2008:
Saw this hub in the forum Gamergirl and thought I'd stop by to add some comments about smoking and hypnosis.
I am/was a hardcore smoker of over 30 yrs. I have not smoked a cigarette in exactly one month. Hip Hip Hurray for me!!!! Bravo, yipee!!@!!!!
They say the average smoker has to try quitting about 6-9 times before being successful. That number is not even close for me!!!!!
I've tried hypnosis, gum, cold turkey and everything else under the sun.
What was different this time. When I left my doctors office I thought I had in my hand a prescription for fosimax for my bones. Upon looking at it later, I realized she wrote me a prescription for "chantix" to help one quit smoking. I threw it on the pile of junk and was pissed that she gave me the wrong one. By this time in my life I had already told myself I would never spend another penny on anything to help me quit smoking for it was far too expensive to smoke in itself.
Well my insurance was changed recently and now I no longer have to pay any copayment for any prescription up to $600.00 per year. o.k. I thought, well I have the prescription and now I don't have to pay for it so let's try this once again for the millionth time.
And my journey goes on but HIP HIP HURRAY!!!!!! I have so much energy right now but it is running me wild. I have to learn to tame it!!! (I should be so lucky)
Anyways, hypnosis can work, cold turkey can work, the patch can work, anything can work just DON'T QUIT TRYING!!!!!!
Good Luck Gamergirl with your traffic!!!!! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you if you'll keep yours crossed for me. PLEASE!!!!
(PS - I do have to say this though, that cigarette looks really good in the ashtray)!!!! I must change that affirmation: "How disgusting that cigarette looks in the ashtray, I would rather be completely heathly and be able to take some nice deep breaths).
Sorry Gamergirl, I'm trying to help myself here. I can do it. I can, I can, I can, I can, I can!!!! LOL
dafla on August 27, 2008:
Very disturbing video. Glad I never started smoking.
Woody Marx from Ontario, Canada on July 11, 2008:
Good hub and an ever-present topic in today's world.