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Offices in :
- Burnham on Crouch
- Chelmsford City Centre
There are two principle reasons for smoking: Identification and Replacement.
Identification is the situation in which the smoker indulges in the habit because others whom he admires do so – parents, peers, entertainment or sports figures, etc.
Replacement smoking occurs when smoking is used to replace some deficit in life – lack of companionship, love, acceptance, self-esteem, security, independence, etc. – or to replace some pre-existing habit such as overeating, reaction to anxiety or boredom, etc. Replacement smokers may often derive sensual gratification from smoking – then enjoy touching or feeling the cigarettes, tapping the pack, seeing the flame of a lighter or the curling of rising smoke, or the smell of the burning tobacco. Often the lighting of the cigarette (or cigar or pipe) in itself becomes a ritual.
Since smoking is both physical and mental, success in a stop-smoking effort must change not only the mental attitude, but the physical reaction. Through hypnosis it is possible to change the taste of a cigarette from pleasurable to unpleasurable. When this is accomplished problems often related to the cessation of smoking tend to be avoided.
In some cases a gradual reduction in the number of cigarettes smoked may prove successful. Of many procedures available the hypnotherapist will select that which is most appropriate for the individual client. In some cases, effective cessation of smoking can be achieved in a single session. In other cases three, four or five sessions may be required. Individual sessions have the advantage of being adjustable to deal with the causes of the habit, the gratifications provided, the characteristics of the clients and similar matters not fitting group work. It is important to determine just what personal need is satisfied by smoking. Some smokers seek to fill a need to nurture themselves- lessen loneliness or get a “pick-up” at the start of or during the day. Others feel smoking will relieve stress or provide moments of relaxation. Still more feel cigarette smoking makes social contacts more comfortable.
One of the most powerful attributes of the human psyche is the visualisation ability. Many hypnotherapists, working with many types of problems, I have been told accept the belief that, “What the mind can conceive, you can achieve!” Hypnotherapy can help develop and focus the powers of visualisation and since visualisation may frequently be undeveloped in clients, and since it can be learned, hypnotherapy can serve as a teaching modality. In stop-smoking programs the ability to visualise one’s self as a non-smoker, free from past effects of the habit, filled with new health, energy and vitality, is a major asset. Visualisation aims to enable the client to picture in the mind of cigarettes as unappealing, bad tasting, foul smelling and otherwise revolting. Likewise it may be possible to picture and otherwise sense clean breath, healthy appearance, sensitive tastes. Through visualisation a smoker may perceive himself/herself as looking healthier, more active, in better physical condition, with easier breathing, stronger lungs and similar advantages. Through hypnotherapy senses of sight, touch, smell, hearing and taste all can be enhanced and used to modify reactions as necessary to help to try and achieve goals.
For most people, the absolute worst way to attempt to deal with a smoking habit may be through the use of willpower. Like moods and emotions, willpower fluctuates. One day it is strong. The next day may be a down day, and willpower may fade. Among stop-smoking procedures there are countless methods, programs, substitute products, pills, chewing gums, self-help tapes and books etc. Many are designed to help build up the personal power to resist or overcome the addiction. Hypnotherapy does not work at achieving the strength to resist. It is designed moreso to eliminate the desire. Instead of giving up something that a person enjoys (a sacrifice), the individual’s goal is to be rid of something that isn’t wanted – a much more agreeable position psychologically.