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Can Hypnosis Help You Quit Smoking?

You may be skeptical of hypnosis; I know I was when I first heard about it as a method used to quit smoking. My friend mentioned to me that her mother who had been a chain smoker for over 30 years successfully quit after one session. Her mother said it was the easiest thing she had ever done. Shortly thereafter I was shopping at a natural health food store and noticed a business card of a hypnotherapist that specializes in smoking cessation. At that time, I had been wanting to quit smoking for over a year and I thought what the heck, I’ll give it a try. I called the therapist and made an appointment.

That morning I smoked the last cigarette from my pack, brushed my teeth and washed my face, then headed for his office. Before my appointment he had given me homework to complete which included lists of things that trigger my desire for a smoke, things that I associate smoking with, and details of when I first became a smoker. After we met he looked over my lists and we talked about why I wanted to quit. His mom had died of lung cancer related to smoking and he was sincere about helping people quit the habit.

Prior to this experience, I guess I thought that people who were hypnotized were under a spell and were made to do wacky things like bark like a dog, you know, like you see at the fair. I was also under the impression that you wouldn’t remember anything after you “woke up”. My hypnotherapist helped demystified some of these preconceived notions of hypnosis.

My hypnotherapist began by leading me through several relaxation exercises. After I was in a very relaxed state he had me imagine myself in a very safe and beautiful place where I would return when I needed to. There I met my smoker self, she looked just like she did when she started smoking. We sat together on a blanket and I told her how much I loved her. I told her that she doesn’t need to start smoking and that she is beautiful and accepted and deeply cared for. She made a decision right there and then to not start smoking. We gave a hug and said good-bye.

I was lead back into full awareness and said thank-you and good-bye.

I must admit that I really didn’t think that this technique would work. But the days went by and the thought of nicotine rarely entered my mind. I had no desire to smoke. The craziest thing about the entire experience is that smoking seemed foreign to me like I had never even started.

Now, 5 years later I am still a non-smoker.


Lynell D

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