Do you want to stop smoking? Have you already tried but not succeeded? Fed up with people telling you the obvious – ‘It’s unhealthy!’, ‘Just stop!’, ‘Why are you harming yourself?’
You know the dangers, the cost, the negative effects. But it’s not enough to stop you… try hypnotherapy for long term results!
How many people smoke?
According to Cancer Research UK, 19% of adults in the UK currently smoke. That’s about 1 in 5 of us. More males than females smoke, and it is more prevalent in deprived areas. The number of people smoking has decreased since the 1970’s, as have the amount of cigarettes smoked per day. And the gender gap has narrowed too. Smoking is definitely decreasing – after all, in 1948, 8 out of 10 men smoked!
Why is it so difficult to stop smoking?
There are a number of reasons why it is hard to stop smoking:
- Nicotine (an addictive substance)
- the feelings linked to smoking (e.g. relaxed, less stressed etc)
- the people it links us to (e.g. colleagues at work, friends on an evening out)
Despite the dangers of smoking, the reasons above out-weigh them for many people.
Different ways to stop smoking
There are other ways to stop smoking other than hypnotherapy. These include nicotine patches and gum, decreasing gradually or going ‘cold turkey’. Although these may work for some, for others they will not. And that’s because they do not address the reason why the person smokes in the first place. Without doing this, the triggers will still be there. The brain has not been reprogrammed.
How to stop smoking with hypnotherapy
With hypnotherapy, we look at the triggers: Why do you smoke? When do you smoke? Where do you smoke? We find the ‘rewards’ you get from smoking, the feelings and changed state. It depends on the answers to these questions as to how we then treat it.
If smoking is purely a habit, something you just do because you always have, then we use suggestion therapy.
However, sometimes it takes a little longer. We use analysis therapy to find out more about the reasons why. If we don’t, you may stop smoking, but then replace the habit with something else instead.