How to Stop Smoking
Many people think that simply following a series of tips on how to stop smoking will help smokers quit. This is certainly the approach the nhs takes. But it just doesn’t work. It’s as if smokers are lost in a maze. They want to escape smoking but they don’t know the correct directions.
Using hypnosis and cognitive behavioural therapy together provides a map of the maze and simple instructions to help any smoker get free reinforced with subliminally increasing the desire to stop. The instructions below will help a great deal but you also need to understand the map, and you need to follow all the instructions, or you may never find the exit.
Once you’ve got it clearly into your mind that there are no advantages to smoking (and hypnosis will certainly help with that), then the instructions below will help you get free but if you are serious about stopping, we strongly recommend you attend a session at our Bury office where we can go through a stop smoking plan and use hypnotherapy to make the process of becoming a non-smoker so simple and straightforward, that something you once thought would be so difficult to achieve actually becomes so ridiculously EASY!
How our method works
Research to find the most effective way to stop smoking was carried out by the University of Iowa combining the results of more than 600 studies covering almost 72,00 people from America and Europe.
By combining the results from so many separate studies, the meta-analysis enables the real effectiveness of each technique to be picked out from the statistical ‘noise’ that often blights studies involving smaller numbers of subjects.
The conclusion of this study was that for smokers the most effective technique was found to be hypnosis with an impressive 80 per cent success rate.
Here are the success rates for different smoking cessation methods:
- 80% – Stop Smoking Hypnosis Session
- 29% – Combination Techniques
- 25% – Smoke Aversion
- 24% – Acupuncture
- 10% – Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)
The above study also found that the least successful method turned out to be advice from GP’s. ‘We found that involvement of physicians did not have an impact as we expected’, said Schmidt, ‘We speculate that the reason is that it is the content of the treatment that matters, and not the stature of the person giving it.’ Our combined method of using hypnotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy doesn’t concentrate on the reasons why you should change: the cost of the addiction or issue, the slavery, the health risks and the stigma. You know all that already. Instead, it focuses on why you continue to be addicted or have the issue in spite of the obvious disadvantages.
Stop smoking effectively
1. Set a date and time to stop; you’re going to quit naturally so carry on smoking as usual until then
Set your date and time to stop and carry on smoking as usual right up to that time – don’t try to cut down beforehand, that just makes cigarettes seem more precious rather than less so.
2. Forward thinking
When you quit you’re not giving up anything because cigarettes do absolutely nothing for you at all. They provide no genuine pleasure or crutch, they just keep you addicted. Remind yourself: you are losing nothing and you are making marvellous positive gains not only in health, energy and money but also in confidence, self-respect, freedom and, especially, in the length and quality of your future life. You’re going to enjoy being a non-smoker right from the moment you put out your last cigarette.
3. By all means have a final cigarette; and make a solemn vow
You’re not giving something up – you’re getting rid of something. Have a final cigarette and make a solemn vow that no matter what highs or lows life may deal you in future, you will never puff on another cigarette again. This is one of the most important decisions you will ever make in your life because the length and quality of your future life depend on it. Also you know it’s the correct decision even as you make it.
4. Physical withdrawal is very slight and passes quickly, don’t sweat it
Your body will withdraw from nicotine for a few days but that doesn’t mean you have to be miserable or crave cigarettes. The physical withdrawal is very slight – and there’s no pain – and it passes quickly.
If you associate a cigarette with a coffee, tea, drink or break, have your coffee, tea, drink or break and at that moment, instead of thinking: “I can’t have a cigarette now”, simply think: “Isn’t it great: I can enjoy this moment without having to choke myself to death”.
5. Continue to socialise; you won’t be craving a cigarette so why avoid smokers?
Don’t live your life trying to avoid smoking situations. Enjoy yourself and don’t envy smokers, pity them. They will be envying you! They will all wish they could be like you: free from the nightmare! No smoker ever wants to see their children start smoking, meaning they wish they hadn’t started themselves. Just remind yourself it’s not you who are being deprived but those poor smokers. They’re being deprived of their health, energy, money, peace of mind, confidence, courage, self-respect and freedom. If you’re offered a cigarette, just say: “No thanks – I don’t smoke”, rather than start a long conversation about how long it has been since you stopped.
6. Think about smoking; don’t try to “not think” about smoking – it never works
If I say: “Don’t think about the elephant in the room, what are you thinking about? Just make sure that whenever you are thinking about it, you’re not thinking things like: “I want a cigarette but I can’t have one” but instead: “Isn’t this great: I don’t need to smoke anymore and I don’t want to smoke anymore. Wow, I’m a non-smoker!” That way you can think about it all you like and you’ll still be happy.
7. There’s no such thing as “just one” cigarette after you stop smoking
Don’t ever think you can have the odd cigarette just to be sociable or just to get over a difficult moment. If you do, you’ll find yourself back in the trap of smoking in no time at all. Never think in terms of one cigarette, always think of the whole lifetime in the trap of being a smoker. There is no such thing as just one.
8. Don’t use substitutes; patches, gums, nasal sprays and e-cigs just keep the addiction alive
Substitutes make it more difficult to stop because they perpetuate the illusion that you’re making a sacrifice. Substitutes that contain nicotine such as e-cigarettes or Nicotine Replacement Therapy; patches, gums, nasal sprays and inhalers – are especially unhelpful as they keep the addiction to nicotine going. It’s like advising a heroin addict who’s smoking the drug to start injecting it instead!
9. Throw them away; you’re a non-smoker the moment you put out your final cigarette, throw the rest away
Don’t keep cigarettes in case of an emergency. If you do, it means you’re doubting your decision. Non-smokers don’t need cigarettes. You’re a non-smoker the moment you put out your final cigarette. You no longer have to worry about having cigarettes on you, you’ve ended that slavery.
10. Enjoy your new life; live a life smoke-free and be on your guard never to fall back into the trap
Life soon goes back to normal as a non-smoker but be on your guard not to fall back into the trap. If you ever start thinking “Just one cigarette”, remember there’s no such thing, ask yourself “Do I want to become a smoker again, all day, every day sticking those things into my mouth, lighting up, never being able to stop?” Then answer “No, I hated being a smoker – that’s why I decided to become a non-smoker”. Then congratulate yourself that you’re free and that way you can enjoy remaining a non-smoker for the rest of your life.
At Claritas Hypnotherapy we will help you to make instant and positive changes deep in your subconscious mind, which not only enable you to become a non-smoker instantly but also ensure that you WILL remain a non-smoker for the rest of your life.
When you leave our office you will not feel deprived, you will not feel any pain whatsoever and in no way will you feel that you have made any form of sacrifice!
Hypnosis actually make the process of becoming a non-smoker so simple and straightforward, that something you once thought would be so difficult to achieve actually becomes so ridiculously EASY!