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How to Quit Smoking Cigarettes Using Hypnotherapy

by Alan B. Densky, CH

If you are one who is trying to quit smoking, you know how difficult it is to eliminate this harmful compulsion. It is possible however, and half of all adult smokers will succeed in quitting smoking forever. Many smokers have successfully quit smoking cigarettes by replacing them with new, more positive habits without having to suffer through withdrawal symptoms. By far, the easiest and most effective method to quit smoking and accomplish this end is stop smoking hypnosis.

Hypnotherapy for smoking cessation is one of the most commonly practiced forms of hypnotherapy. It is often cited as a tool for quitting smoking along with strategies such as nicotine replacement therapy and other popular means. It works to end the smoking addiction by combating cravings for cigarettes, keeping you committed to quitting, and promoting stress relief and relaxation so you will not feel the need to smoke.

The smoking addiction contains both physiological and psychological aspects. The physiological addiction is a physical addiction the body develops to nicotine. This component of the addiction causes the physical withdrawal symptoms that make it feel near impossible to quit smoking. However, this is a short, temporary stage in the overall progression of quitting smoking, which lasts only between three days and one week. By the end of this period, your body adjusts to usual, nicotine-free functioning. Based on thirty years of experience, I believe that the physical need for nicotine constitutes only ten percent of the smoking addiction.

By far, the most challenging part of breaking the smoking addiction is overcoming the psychological addiction, which are the mental and emotional aspects of smoking. I believe this makes up ninety percent of the smoking addiction. When you develop a smoking habit, you develop an unconscious desire to smoke in certain environments, such as during work breaks. This is called a conditioned response. Stop smoking hypnosis works to eliminate the unconscious relationships that cause you to crave cigarettes, thereby eliminating the conditioned compulsion to smoke. Hypnosis also helps you stay motivated to quit smoking by strengthening your beliefs that gave you the desire to quit smoking in the first place.

Smokers get stuck in the habit of following a ritual of lighting up and smoking. This is why people who attempt to quit smoking using nicotine gums or patches alone often are unable to successfully quit. They quickly overcome the physiological addiction, but they have no relief or replacement for the ritual of smoking, which has become a mental addiction and pleasurable source of stress relief. Self hypnosis techniques eliminate this mental addiction and serve as stress reducers as well. As a relaxation tool, hypnosis helps effectively relieve anxiety and stress so you will lose the desire to smoke cigarettes.

By adding effective NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) techniques, quit smoking hypnosis can keep you motivated to kicking the habit by training your unconscious to focus on the benefits of quitting. Eliminating tobacco benefits you in a great number of ways. Within days of quitting, body parts damaged by smoking begin to heal, damaged nerves re-grow, and your sense of taste and smell improves significantly. Within weeks, lung function and circulation improve. Within one year, your risk of heart disease is less than half that of a smoker. Within five to fifteen years, your risk of stroke is the same as a non-smoker. Your risk of heart disease is the same as someone who has never smoked, and your risk of dying from lung cancer and numerous other cancer risks have decreased.

In spite of the dangers of smoking and the health benefits of quitting, some smokers never overcome their habit. For the most part, this is because they have never seriously committed to quitting. Other smokers are afraid to suffer through withdrawal symptoms or let go of the smoking habit. Quitting smoking does not have to be the difficult process that makes so many smokers reluctant to even attempt quitting. Hypnotherapy provides a very simple, natural technique for quitting.

Hypnotherapy is an effective tool for curbing cravings for cigarettes, building powerful motivation, and promoting relaxation and stress relief to completely eliminate the psychological component of the smoking addiction. Stop smoking hypnosis techniques can be learned with ease from specialized self-hypnosis programs that have been developed after decades of experience using hypnosis, NLP, and Neuro-VISION video hypnotherapy to get people to kick the cigarette addiction.

Hypnotherapy programs make it easy to quit smoking permanently because they break the smoking compulsion in a process that helps extinguish cravings and any desire to smoke. Whatever your motivation is for quitting, hypnosis programs makes it easier to focus your mind on these reasons, which makes you feel a powerful urge to quit. Stop smoking hypnotherapy programs eliminate the conditioned urge to smoke. Although quitting smoking can be an unsuccessful and painful experience for some, those who utilize quit smoking self hypnosis have a much greater percentage of success because it makes the process easier. Hypnotherapy is the most effective method for smoke cessation.

Alan B. Densky, CH pioneered the use of video stop smoking hypnosis and received a U.S. Patent on the technology. He offers a number of ways to stop smoking if you are ready to stop smoking now.

Published February 4th, 2008

Filed in Health, Motivational, Psychology

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