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Quit Smoking with Hypnosis

How Hypnosis in Therapy Could Help You with Quitting Smoking

With the harmful effects of smoking highlighted in the last few years, more and more individuals are choosing to find ways to give the addiction the boot. You may have heard that hypnosis aids in the cessation of difficult-to-break habits, and wish to give it a go. Before trying this technique, however, it is essential to understand how it is used.

Why People Choose to Quit Smoking

According to recent statistics by the Tobacco Atlas, about 42 100 South Africans die each year from cigarette-related illnesses. While smoking, an individual’s risk for heart disease, strokes, and lung cancer increases. The use of nicotine has also been found to affect pregnancy, fertility, and overall health negatively. Studies indicate that once you quit cigarettes, your health will steadily begin to improve until the health risks are equal to those of a nonsmoker’s.

The Role of Hypnotherapy

To understand how hypnosis in therapy assists with behaviour modification, it helps if one pretends that the connection between the conscious and subconscious mind is a highway. When a highway is congested with heavy traffic (in this case, anxiety or social inhibitions), it is much harder to reach your destination. When the highway is clear (a calm, tranquil state of mind), accessing your destination is quicker and easier. Thus, hypnotherapy is simply a means of reducing traffic and locating the source of a bad habit’s strength.

More Than a Pharmacological Dependence

Due to inhalation, nicotine rapidly affects the brain, and this is why people going through withdrawal find immediate relief when they start to smoke again. While one may assume that simply removing the substance is enough to quit, studies suggest that relapse and heavy dependence have a lot to do with an individual’s personal and socioeconomic circumstances. It stands to reason, then, that once someone feels supported and more in control, quitting becomes much easier.

You may have tried everything from chewing sunflower seeds to nicotine patches to stop, with no real luck. The great news is that quitting is possible and many people, with the right help, have succeeded. Seeking professional help is always wise, and an experienced psychotherapist is an excellent place to start. If you are interested in the benefits of hypnotherapy, feel free to contact Marteleze van Graan today.