In addition to being highly addictive, smoking is dangerous. It’s one of the leading causes of cancer. It heightens your risk of heart and lung disease. In addition to these serious illnesses, smoking is also linked to heart attacks, strokes, cataracts, and bone fractures. On a superficial level, smoking affects your appearance: poor skin tone, sagging arms, lines around the lips, hair loss, and age spots are all tell-tale signs of smoking. With all the damage smoking causes inside and outside of your body, is there any reason you wouldn’t want to quit?
Quitting smoking is notoriously difficult. If you’ve tried nicotine gum and patches to no avail, it might be time to try hypnosis. If your opinions of hypnosis are informed by party tricks, you may be wondering why use hypnosis for smoking cessation? It can’t be stressed enough that hypnosis is first and foremost a therapeutical tool, not a form of entertainment. As a result, hypnotherapy is used to aid weight loss, anger management, and gain a higher self-esteem.
While there is debate surrounding how hypnosis actually works, one thing is certain: heightened concentration during a hypnotic trance also increases your reception to suggestion. As for hypnosis for smokers, a session will usually begin with the patient envisioning the adverse outcomes of smoking. The hypnotherapist might even suggest that cigarette smoke smells like something unpleasant to the patient. Another popular tactic among hypnotherapists is Spiegel’s method that consists of three concepts:
1. Smoking poisons the body
2. You need your body to live
3. You should respect your body and protect it
After the session the patient will learn self-hypnosis—primarily reciting the Spiegel’s method whenever a cigarette craving occurs.
Although hypnosis is not effective for everyone (about 1 in 4 people are unable to be hypnotized), the effects of successful hypnosis vary among patients. While numerous studies show different conclusions, the American Cancer Society found that anecdotal evidence suggests hypnosis has helped some people quit smoking.
It’s never too late to quit smoking, and hypnotherapy Los Angeles can aid you in the journey towards a healthy lifestyle.