There are a lot of ways to help you kick the cigarette habit. But hypnosis may be the easiest way. “I’ve never had someone fail with hypnosis,” says Michael Mahoney, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in San Francisco and clinical professor of psychology at Stanford University.
I admire Mahoney’s methods because he uses a combination of progressive relaxation, guided imagery, and self-hypnosis in his smokers-cessation program at the Stanford Outpatient Clinic.
Mahoney’s program should be of interest to anyone who wants to quit smoking, especially those looking for a simple method.
Mahoney spoke about what works in his program—and why some people don’t succeed with it.
– He said ….” people cannot be forced to stop smoking and they have to take part in the process. They have to take responsibility for themselves and their health. “
The therapist: Michael Mahoney specializes in helping people stop smoking. He is a professor emeritus at the Stanford University School of Medicine and has been a clinical psychologist for more than 30 years.
Hypnosis is one of the most efficient ways to break unwanted habits that can be harmful to our physical and mental well being. The process that we can use to give the suggestion is that of visual self-hypnosis: can help break barriers that prevent us from kicking smoking habits
‘Visual self-hypnosis’ means the patient is willing to visualize their wants and desires through positive manifestation.
In this process, the patient will be asked to imagine different situations in which he or she can see themselves ultimately quit smoking for good. The idea behind this is that in each situation, it’s easier for someone to control what happens when they are not conscious of what they are doing. During the first treatments, smokers start by considering when they really want to quit.
How many people are able to kick their smoking habit after hypnotherapy?
Self-hypnosis is the most successful method for overcoming nicotine addiction when it is combined with guided imagery.
What is guided imagery?
Guided imagery is an alternative therapy popularized by Dr. Phil Mollon in the 1950s as a tool to help people relax and open up their minds. This type of therapy involves using verbal instruction and visualization with the goal of using one’s imagination to achieve the desired goal. In other words, guided imagery allows you to use your imagination as a way to control feelings, emotions, and even physical health.
Using 12 step programs for support
The 12 step program was developed by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) as a way for individuals to quit drinking alcohol. The 12 step program is used as a coping mechanism to replace the addiction to substances such as alcohol and nicotine. The underlying premise of the 12 step program is that individuals have lost control of their lives. This is due in part to their addiction, but also because they cannot stop themselves from thinking about the substance or behaviors that they are addicted to.
The 12-step program for quitting smoking is based on the idea that, if you are truly ready to quit, you will be able to quit without regression.
The smoker usually starts with: “After this week I am going to quit smoking forever”
In these groups, people talk about their problems and share their experiences. They are encouraged to keep each other company during the withdrawal period.
Smoking is considered one of the most destructive habits that can befall a person. It is a habit that creates many health obstacles for a person because it can cause complications of lung cancer and second-hand smoke-related diseases to family members and loved ones.
When it comes to the truth about smoking, secondhand smoke is not healthy for you and your family. Many people think that this is not true, however, the fact of the matter is that everything is connected in life. The air you breathe is not just the air around you, but it also contains everything on Earth.
In 1935 scientists observed that cigarette smoke lingered from a room with cigarette smoke into another room without any cigarette smoke that was on the opposite side of the house. Nicotine is a highly addictive substance that affects the brain and central nervous system. It makes you depressed and irritable. It also destroys your ability to think clearly and makes it difficult for you to remember things.
Smoking damages your respiratory system and causes heart disease. It also makes your blood pressure rise, which can lead to strokes or heart attack. After the first 20 minutes, smoking works its way through the blood-brain barrier to affect other parts of the body, including the nerves and muscles in your stomach and intestines.
Smokers can create their own narratives on why smoking is not so bad. They make these statements that contain common “lies” about smoking.
Lies about smoking
The following is a list of the most common lies about smoking that are often told:
Smoking is not addictive. Your body adapts to being exposed to secondhand smoke. Smoking is not dangerous in small amounts. Smoking does not cause cancer or heart disease. Smoking does not prevent pregnancy. Tobacco is natural and God put it on Earth for us to use.
What are usual smoking hypnosis sessions like?
After the patient has been hypnotized, he or she will be given suggestions on how to eliminate smoking habits out of their routine or what to do as a way to fill the time when they would have if they had smoked.
The suggestions that are given to patients during hypnosis include: _______.
The length of treatment depends on how many years the patient has struggled with nicotine addiction and by the willingness of the patient before he or she comes in for treatment. The usual length of treatment is somewhere between ________ and _______ hours, and three sessions are usually held per week.
For those people who are too eager to quit, hypnosis can work very effectively but some people who use hypnosis to quit smoking don’t always have the same experience.
When I asked how long it takes for people to forget their smoking habit, my typical response is, “They forget within a few weeks. They may remember what it feels like to be a smoker, but they don’t crave cigarettes.”
People who crave cigarettes are usually: ______
People who are not sure they want to quit forever are also not well suited for hypnosis.
Before I give someone a hypnosis session, I always speak with him or her about their plan for quitting. If the person thinks it will be difficult to live without cigarettes, he or she may not be ready to be hypnotized:
Hypnosis is not a cure. Instead, it is a method for helping people break the habit of smoking. It lowers nicotine withdrawal symptoms and helps people take control of their lives. If you would like more information on using hypnosis why wait another day? Reach out to me today and I can help you quit smoking for good.