Quit Smoking or Drinking in Just One Visit!
Quitting smoking or drinking can be a real challenge. But it’s one of the best things you can do for your health. Smoking is a dangerous, even deadly habit. It’s a leading cause of cancer. It also increases your risk for heart attacks, strokes, lung disease, and other health problems, including bone fractures and cataracts. If nicotine lozenges, patches, chewing gum, counselling, and other smoking cessation methods haven’t helped you kick the habit, don’t give up. Try hypnosis.
Hypnosis for Smokers
During hypnosis for smoking or drinking cessation, a patient is often asked to imagine unpleasant outcomes from smoking/drinking (aversion therapy). For example, the hypnotherapist might suggest that cigarette smoke smells like truck exhaust, or that smoking will leave the patient’s mouth feeling extremely parched.
Spiegel’s method is one popular smoking cessation hypnosis technique that focuses on three main ideas:
– Smoking poisons the body
– You need your body to live
– You should respect your body and protect it (to the extent you’d like to live)
The hypnotherapist teaches the smoker self-hypnosis, and then asks him or her to repeat these affirmations anytime the desire to smoke occurs.
Why Quit Smoking with Hypnotherapy?
Remember, it’s never too late to quit smoking. Doing so has immediate health benefits.
20 minutes: heart rate, blood pressure drop
12 hours: carbon monoxide in blood stream drops to normal
2 weeks–3 months: circulation, lung function improve; heart attack risk begins to drop
1–9 months: cough less, breathe easier
1 year: risk of coronary heart disease cut in half
2–5 years: risk of cancer of mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder cut in half; stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker
10 years: half as likely to die from lung cancer; risk of kidney or pancreatic cancer decreases
15 years: risk of coronary heart disease same as non-smoker’s risk
Smokers who quit before age 40 reduce their chance of dying too early from smoking-related diseases by about 90 percent. Those who quit by age 45–54 reduce their chance of dying too early by about two-thirds.