Are you trying to quit smoking? There’s a broadly-held view that giving up smoking is next to impossible. You may also have heard facts about nicotine being more addictive than cocaine. But that’s a very one-sided point of view which doesn’t reflect reality.
14.6 Million in the UK Have Successfully Quit Smoking
In fact, many people successfully give up smoking and stay stopped for good. According to official figures there are 14.6 million ex-smokers in the UK alone. Let’s reflect on that for a moment. 14.6 million people in the UK have successfully quit smoking.
This means there are 14.6 million people with a story to tell about how they managed to quit. These are the people that we tend not to hear about. And they are the people who are living proof that quitting smoking is eminently achievable.
Increase your chance of success
There’s also evidence that the more times you try to quit the more likely you are to be ultimately successful. Here’s what the Addictions and Recovery website has to say, “If you have tried to quit smoking before and failed, don’t let that be an obstacle. The more times you try to quit, the greater your chance of success. Maybe you weren’t ready last time. Maybe you didn’t take the rights steps.”
Additionally, this study in the BMJ reports that the average number of attempts that it takes smokers to quit before they are successful is 6.8. So if you’ve been unsuccessful in your attempts to quit so far, don’t be disheartened. Each attempt brings you closer to successfully quitting once and for all.
How Does CBT Hypnotherapy Work?
So, what are the benefits of using CBT Hypnotherapy to quit smoking ? Well, perhaps the main advantage is that it completely removes the need for willpower.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a methodology that teaches you how to stop habitual thinking in its tracks. So, when you find yourself thinking in a way that would have previously caused you to smoke, you replace these old thoughts with new ones.
Working with your therapist, you jointly identify the thoughts and triggers that prompted you to smoke in the past. You may find it useful to replace a new healthy behaviour, such as drinking water, or breathing exercises to replace the old habit.
Rewiring Your Brain to Quit Smoking
Once you have successfully identified mental triggers and prompts for your old habit you practice replacing them during hypnosis. Your mind is more open to positive suggestion during hypnosis. This process powerfully consolidates new thinking patterns by letting you vividly experience them. With CBT Hypnotherapy you successfully alter your thinking patterns before you have left the therapy room.
10 Steps for Success
Below are the ten key steps that CBT hypnotherapy walks you through to enable you give up the habit for good:
- Consolidating your conviction that you are strong enough to break the addiction
- Understanding that any perceived ‘benefits’ of smoking are illusory
- Identifying trigger thoughts that prompted you to smoke in the past
- Learning how to ‘surf the urge’ without succumbing to old habits
- Planning new thoughts and behaviours to replace smoking routines
- Instilling a sense of relief at your new-found freedom from addiction
- Visualising your life as a non-smoker with all the benefits
- Rehearsing new non-smoking behaviour under hypnosis
- Experiencing positive new thoughts and emotions associated with quitting
- Feeling confident in using the learned tools to quit smoking permanently
There is nothing more satisfying than helping a smoker to give up the habit once and for all. As a former smoker I understand how the addiction (and sometimes repeated attempts to quit) can become an emotional and challenging struggle.
CBT Hypnotherapy is not right for every smoker who wants to quit. But if it is right for you then it can be an astonishingly powerful method to use. I’ve created a list of 7 key factors to take into consideration when you are choosing a hypnotherapist which you may find useful.
CBT hypnotherapy provides a unique process to quit smoking that it is hard to beat. As a result of just one session, you could be permanently free of nicotine addiction.
Please contact me for an initial discussion and assessment.
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