Hypnosis to stop smoking today
Ready to quit smoking for the last time?
Sick of the smell, the cost, the hassle? Are you out of breath at the top of the stairs and feeling older than you should? Tired of being the social outcast, forced to bundle up against the cold and snow just so you can grab a smoke outside by the dumpsters? Hate having to make a special run to the store for more cigarettes? Have your kids given you the sad, pleading eyes and begged you to quit? Has your doctor given you that disapproving frown and reminded you how bad smoking is for your health? Has it gotten too expensive? Are you simply tired of being controlled by your smoking habit? Is it time for hypnosis to stop smoking?
I offer a Quit Today Single Session program, or a 3-session tapering program. No need to decide right now, we can decide in a free consultation which is the right approach for you.
Smoking: How it Started
You were probably a teenager when you first started smoking, maybe due to peer pressure. Back then, you had the choice of either fitting in by smoking like your other friends or being the odd one out — a loner. At first, you probably started coughing and choking. You noticed that the taste was pretty disgusting, but after a while, you got used to it and continued.
This is where the mind connection to smoking starts. Why? Because there is a part of our mind called the subconscious, whose main goal is to protect you from any dangers. That being said, you may be wondering why your subconscious mind would allow you to start smoking in the first place. Your mind is like a super-computer that sums up situations at high speeds. It decided that there were two choices — either start smoking and be accepted by your friends as part of the pack, or become a loner and possibly go into depression due to the rejection. The resulting depression might even lead you to do something grave like kill yourself. That, your mind could not allow. Hence, your subconscious decided that smoking protected you from danger as well as helped you make more friends. By this logic, smoking = safety. Hypnosis to stop smoking is the only solution that creates change where it’s most effective: at the subconscious level.
Stop Smoking: The Problem
With time, repetition cemented your smoking habit into your subconscious. As an adult, you no longer have the need to smoke for protection and acceptance. You now continue to smoke, but for a different reason — to de-stress via addictive nicotine. Whenever you feel stressed and anxious, you pick up a cigarette and in a few moments you feel calm again. Your mind has learned to associate your smoking behavior with the toxic calm of nicotine.
The reason you haven’t been able to stop smoking is because you’ve been trying to do it with willpower. Willpower is located in the conscious part of our brain. It gives a short burst of mental energy for a short period of time, and no more. This explains why so many people cannot quit smoking using willpower alone — the moment your willpower runs out, you go back to your old behavioral pattern of smoking.
Your experience with hypnosis to stop smoking will be entirely different — just ask my past clients (see the testimonials on this page and on our written and video testimonials pages). With hypnosis, it’s much easier, the cravings or withdrawals are much less, and as most people say, “I just don’t want a cigarette anymore.”
My parents and sister were “die-hard” smokers. My Dad was born in 1928, started smoking when he was a teen and that was reinforced when he served in the Navy. I remember him telling stories of when the ship would come in to port, how the cigarette company reps would be there to greet the sailors coming off the ship with free cigarettes.
My Mom smoked too. I suppose in the 40’s and 50’s it was a lot more common and a lot less was known about it. My sister, who was 16 years older than me, also picked up the habit. For some reason, I never did, although I remember being barely able to breath, riding in a car with multiple cigarettes going and the windows rolled up in winter in Michigan.
They didn’t want to quit. You know what they say, a person has to want to, for themselves, for their own reasons. They even belonged to something called “Smoker’s Rights.” This was in the late 80’s and early 90’s when smoking was beginning to be banned in some restaurants. I remember them turning around and refusing to go to restaurants when they found out it had become a non-smoking place. I joked, calling them “militant smokers.” I had no idea I would lose them when I was only 35.
Maybe they knew it would eventually kill them. I don’t know, we didn’t talk about it. And of course after you’re diagnosed, that’s not what you talk about either. You talk about how you feel after chemo or radiation and what might make you more comfortable, and you try to talk about what things will be like after you’re cured. But you’re afraid to go there too much because there’s too much fear and it’s too painful.
I miss my family. I lost Dad in 1999, 18 months after his diagnosis. I lost Mom in 2000, 6 weeks after hers. And my sister died on an operating table, having not been diagnosed prior to what was supposed to be a routine surgery.
Whatever your reason, quitting smoking is your decision. If you’re ready, hypnosis can help.
Maybe you’ve tried other ways to quit. The patch, the gum, the pills: Wellbutrin®, Zyban® Chantix®; cold turkey, lasers, acupuncture, electronic cigarettes, ear stapling… If you’re like most smokers, you’ve tried it all before, and failed over and over again. Why do these methods fail? Because it’s not physical, it’s a HABIT! Most other methods fail because they focus on the physical effect of smoking which is so minor it’s insignificant. Think about it: if it was really the nicotine, the patch and gum would ALWAYS work. Period.
Hypnosis to Stop Smoking Works. Really.
Most of our smoking cessation clients come to us saying that we’re their last hope, because nothing else worked. After they’ve quit, they all say: “I wish I’d come here first!” Compare hypnosis with other methods and read the research findings, then make your decision.
What you get with ChangeWorks’ Smoking Cessation Program
- A choice between single session and multiple session programs
- Our proprietary approach to breaking the building blocks of habit
- Hypnosis audios for reinforcement
- Free “tune up” session when you need it, (if you need it!)
- The benefits of our over 90% successful, proven program
Why Hypnosis To Stop Smoking Works
Habits and behaviors are located in our subconscious mind. This is the reason why we must access this part of your mind to create positive, long-lasting changes. This part of your brain runs on automatic. Whenever you are faced with a new situation, your mind, faster than the blink of an eye, goes to this same place to find information (negative and positive behavioral patterns) on how you have reacted to this same or similar situation in the past. Your mind keeps pulling up those same smoking patterns, over and over. Since your brain is like a super-computer, we must remove the smoking program and replace it with a smoke-free program.
Hypnosis uses the laws of the mind to create the changes you want so that you don’t have to suffer anymore to achieve your goals. That’s because the subconscious mind is much more powerful than the conscious. It is the source of your real power — the very core of who you are resides here. In fact, it is estimated that about 88 percent of the mind resides in this area, which is why hypnosis is so powerful and effective.
Hypnosis helps you to stop smoking without fear! Not only do you stop smoking, but you are given the tools to:
- Control anxiety so that you no longer have to pick up a cigarette again
- Lose weight instead of gaining it
- Crave fresh air instead of cigarettes
Instead of feeling bad about yourself for being unable to stop smoking, hypnosis replaces those feelings with a sense of well-deserved pride as you attain your goal of not smoking a single cigarette again. Just imagine enjoying another beautiful sunny day, breathing clear fresh air.
Scientific Studies Back Hypnosis To Stop Smoking
Hypnosis Most Effective Says Largest Study Ever: 3 Times as Effective as Patch and 15 Times as Effective as Willpower.
Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit. A meta-analysis, statistically combining results of more than 600 studies of 72,000 people from America and Europe to compare various methods of quitting. On average, hypnosis was over three times as effective as nicotine replacement methods and 15 times as effective as trying to quit alone.
University of Iowa, Journal of Applied Psychology, How One in Five Give Up Smoking. October 1992.
(Also New Scientist, October 10, 1992.)
90.6% Success Rate for Smoking Cessation Using Hypnosis
Of 43 consecutive patients undergoing this treatment protocol, 39 reported remaining abstinent from tobacco use at follow-up (6 months to 3 years post-treatment). This represents a 90.6% success rate using hypnosis.
University of Washington School of Medicine, Depts. of Anesthesiology and Rehabilitation Medicine, Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2001 Jul;49(3):257-66. Barber J.
87% Reported Abstinence From Tobacco Use With Hypnosis
A field study of 93 male and 93 female CMHC outpatients examined the facilitation of smoking cessation by using hypnosis. At 3-month follow-up, 86% of the men and 87% of the women reported continued abstinence from the use of tobacco using hypnosis.
Performance by gender in a stop-smoking program combining hypnosis and aversion. Johnson DL, Karkut RT. Adkar Associates, Inc., Bloomington, Indiana. Psychol Rep. 1994 Oct;75(2):851-7. PMID: 7862796 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
81% Reported They Had Stopped Smoking After Hypnosis
Thirty smokers enrolled in an HMO were referred by their primary physician for treatment. Twenty-one patients returned after an initial consultation and received hypnosis for smoking cessation. At the end of treatment, 81% of those patients reported that they had stopped smoking, and 48% reported abstinence at 12 months post-treatment.
Texas A&M University, System Health Science Center, College of Medicine, College Station, TX USA. Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2004 Jan;52(1):73-81. Clinical hypnosis for smoking cessation: preliminary results of a three-session intervention. Elkins GR, Rajab MH.
Hypnosis Patients Twice As Likely To Remain Smoke-Free After Two Years
Study of 71 smokers showed that after a two-year follow up, patients that quit with hypnosis were twice as likely to remain smoke-free than those who quit on their own.
Guided health imagery for smoking cessation and long-term abstinence. Wynd, CA. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2005; 37:3, pages 245-250.
Hypnosis More Effective Than Drug Interventions For Smoking Cessation
Group hypnosis sessions, evaluated at a less effective success rate (22% success) than individualized hypnosis sessions. However, group hypnosis sessions were still demonstrated here as being more effective than drug interventions.
Ohio State University, College of Nursing, Columbus, OH 43210, USA Descriptive outcomes of the American Lung Association of Ohio hypnotherapy smoking cessation program. Ahijevych K, Yerardi R, Nedilsky N.
Reasons to Quit Smoking
According to the CDC, smoking is directly responsible for approximately 90 percent of lung cancer deaths and approximately 80 to 90 percent of COPD (emphysema and chronic bronchitis) deaths. It is estimated that one in five preventable deaths is directly attributed to smoking. Smoking weakens your immune system, making you susceptible to disease, effectively reducing the quality of your life.
Maybe you know someone who has died or now suffers a lifelong consequence of smoking. Maybe that person is you, or you’ve begun to notice symptoms in yourself.
Whatever your situation, whatever your reasons, you already know that you’re more likely to live a longer, healthier life without smoking. Why not quit today?
Or, if you’d like to learn more before scheduling your consultation, take our 6-part video series, Understanding Hypnosis.
*Disclaimer: Everyone’s different, and of course your results may vary. It is unethical to guarantee changes in human behavior and much depends on your motivation. We do require a consultation during which the program will be explained, and your motivation will be evaluated. We do not accept everyone who approaches us to do this work because we believe that your success is our success and we work to set you up to succeed.
Hypnosis is not a replacement for psychotherapy, medical or other forms of treatment. Although Cindy Locher is a Certified Hypnotherapist in the state of Minnesota, she is not a doctor or psychotherapist and does not diagnose or treat mental or physical illness. Contact a physician or a licensed mental health professional if you need this kind of help.