Quitting Smoking Comparison:
Hypnosis versus Other Methods
If you are trying to quit smoking, there are many approaches you can take; however, all smoking cessation approaches are not created equal. Indeed, there are disadvantages associated with all of the traditionally used methods. Let’s take a look at them now.
Most smokers try the “cold turkey” approach which involves simply desisting from smoking all at once without the use of therapy or nicotine replacement products. Not surprisingly, this method has only a 3% to 10% success rate since individuals are relying on will power alone without addressing the underlying physical and behavioral aspects of nicotine addiction. Many people who try to quit this way experience severe withdrawal symptoms.
With gradual replacement, or tapering, smokers wean themselves from nicotine dependence by smoking less and less cigarettes over time. This gentler method is generally more successful than the cold turkey approach; however, it prolongs your exposure to carcinogenic cigarette smoke and leads to cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)
NRT addresses the physical component of nicotine addiction. Quit aids (nicotine sprays, inhalers, patches and gums or lozenges) are used to deliver nicotine in lowered doses. A major disadvantage of NRT is that the quit aids can in themselves become habit-forming. They also draw out the withdrawal process and their effectiveness is greatly reduced after a few weeks. While success rates as high as 50% have been reported for NRT, the quit aids can have troubling side effects such as allergic reactions, insomnia, mouth sores, tachycardia (rapid heartbeat), nausea, jaw discomfort, and headaches.
Anti-smoking pills (like Chantix and Zyban) work on receptors in the brain to reduce cravings and nicotine withdrawal symptoms. These pills have a reported success rate of up to 30%; however, they also come with a range of adverse side effects including behavior changes, suicidal thoughts, agitation and depressed mood.
Cognitive behavioral therapy, online support and group therapy address the psycho-behavioral causes of smoking addiction. The main disadvantage of behavioral approaches is that they do not address the body’s physical addiction to nicotine, and this method generally takes at least six months.
Laser therapy targets the body’s internal regulating/endorphin production system. It has a success rate of up to 73%. The downside is that this method usually takes up to 8 treatments, at a rate of 2 to 4 times a week, before any improvement is observed.
The electronic cigarette is the latest gadget for beating smoking addiction. It is used to simulate the act of smoking but does not contain any of the toxic ingredients found in real cigarettes. A major drawback of the electronic cigarette is that is just replaces one form of addiction with another. Also, because the product is new, health risks are currently unknown― never a good thing!
Hypnosis: Fastest-Growing Alternative Smoking Cessation Method
A lot of smokers turn to hypnosis to stop smoking as a last resort when other attempts at quitting have failed. Yet hypnosis is a scientific approach and one of the fastest-growing fields in healthcare. Did you know that research shows that smoking cessation hypnosis, when done correctly, has a 90% success rate? That’s a higher success rate than any of the other methods! In fact, over 80% of individuals can quit smoking after a single hypnotherapy session.
Hypnosis works on your body, lowering your heart rate and blood pressure. It also works on your mind; the hypnotic state relaxes your mind enough so that you can identify and manage unconscious thoughts, emotions, desires and anxieties with regard to smoking, and accept suggestions as to how you can change your behavior and break your habit.
Compared to other approaches, hypnosis is a more private, more effortless approach that greatly reduces the frustration of trying to quit on your own; the hypnotherapist provides guidance and motivation.
Hypnosis is also a cost-effective treatment. A typical session in the United States will cost anywhere between $150 and $250, a great long-term investment when you consider the money you will be saving once you quit and no longer have to spend money on cigarettes. Perhaps most impressively, with hypnosis there are no side effects and markedly less withdrawal symptoms. Not to mention that fact that this method eliminates the hassle of having to file prescriptions or purchase products.
Altogether, hypnosis is a safe, effective method for kicking the smoking habit. Rather than seeing it as a last resort, you can consider using hypnotherapy as the fastest and best way to resolve your smoking dependence and reap the benefits of a healthier lifestyle today.
Learn about the advantages of quitting smoking with hypnosis.