For those who have smoked for years, the idea of stopping the habit completely feels like an impossible goal. The first step in hypnosis is changing this entrenched belief of powerlessness and to understand the conflict going on within. A part of them wants to continue smoking just to release the insistent pull of an unmet craving and another part wants to reclaim control of their life and put themselves back on a better life path . 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, 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 way. Neuroscience confirms how this works. When a new pathway is opened in the highway, 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 live better lives. Hypnosis uses the mind’s ability to stop an addiction by accessing the clarity and creativity of a hypnotic trance combined with visualization, powerful suggestions, NLP, behaviour therapy and EFT.