To start with, it's important to understand that there are two key controlling issues when it comes to helping a person to stop smoking.
The first is the physiological dependency of the body to the sustained ingestion of nicotine, and the second being the psychological behavioural pattern which is the actual repetitive habit of smoking.
Cigarette smoking is a major preventable cause of disease worldwide. In 1912, Dr. Isaac Adler first suggested the link between smoking and lung cancer. Knowledge about the adverse health effects of smoking have been compiled since then and today it is widely accepted that smoking it is linked to:
Tobacco addiction, the second – leading cause of death in the world, is a culprit for approximately 5 million deaths each year or 1 in 10 adult deaths. Currently, about 1.3 billion smokers live in the world. Nicotine is a highly addictive drug. It is a potent psychoactive drug that induces euphoria, serves as a reinforcer of its use, and leads to nicotine withdrawal syndrome when it is absent. As an addictive drug, nicotine has 2 very potent issues: it is a stimulant and it is also a depressant. Need I go on?!!...
In addition to the obvious risks to your health as detailed above, the smoker can also expect various non – medical related issues, such as:
Fortunately, Smoking is actually one of the easier symptoms that are treatable with Hypnosis. Because smoking is predominantly a 'habit ', we use a process called 'Suggestion Therapy ', and permanent results can sometimes be achieved in just a single session. However, if the habit (and physiological addiction) is deeply ingrained, it is not unusual to tackle the problem in two sessions: one to do the groundwork and prepare the subconscious in order to accept the changes, and a second session which addresses the actual habit itself and remove it permanently.
The success rate of clients who wish to stop smoking with Hypnotherapy is extremely high, probably 90 – 95%. However, it is critical that the client has a profound wish to stop smoking, and has not decided that they think they 'Should ' or that they 'd 'Like to ' stop, or that they are trying it to please another person such as a Husband or Wife. In these instances where there is not a total and complete commitment from the client, it is unlikely that the therapy will be effective or if effective to start with, will turn out to be permanent.