Stopping smoking is one of the many addictions that hypnosis is famously effective at. Clients who seek out a hypnotist for help have tried to stop on their own and have simply been defeated by the unconscious power of the addiction. Hypnosis begins by changing this entrenched belief of powerlessness and to understand the conflict going on within. It is generally acknowledged that hypnosis is the most effective approach to breaking the automatic craving of an addiction but it’s not successful on its own. The client’s essential contribution to success is their motivation to stop. A part of the addicted mind wants to continue smoking just to release the insistent pull of an unmet craving but another part wants to reclaim control of their life and put themselves back on a better life path. The hypnotist aligns themselves with this part and strengthens it. There comes a time in every addicted smoker’s life when their goals for their future will soon be compromised if they continue on the same path. When one is able to call on a lifetime of accomplishments and to return to that inner resilience, self-confidence becomes a powerful determinant of success. However, having the strong belief that you can do it and gaining inner confidence from one’s past accomplishments doesn’t necessarily translate into the ability to fight that automatic unconscious and relentless urge.
Here, the client learns to separate the trigger of the urge from the urge itself and to train the mind to respond over and over to the trigger in a different and positive way. Neuroscience confirms how this works. When a new pathway is created in the brain, the old one loses its cohesiveness and through lack of use, simply breaks down. This is the basis on which the strength of a craving can lose its hold. Science now confirms what hypnotherapists have always known. The mind is endlessly versatile, learning, adapting, transforming so that we can change parts of us that interfere with our health and quality of life. Hypnosis uses the mind’s ability to stop an addiction by accessing the clarity and creativity inherent in a hypnotic trance, combined with visualization, powerful suggestions, NLP, behaviour therapy and EFT.