Why is it, that even if we know that something is bad for us, we still keep doing it, what ever it is. By the way, this is not only a question for smokers, this is for everything. We know that certain foods or drinks are extremely bad for us, esp in the long run, but we still, at least most of us, stay with their lifestyle habits, whatever they may be.
Answer: It is because something has become a Habit.
It may have an addictive element, which obviously would make a habit worse, but the main point to bring into awareness is the realisation, that it is a habit.
NOTE: New research on Habits and Brain Neuron Pathways have been recently discovered, for more info see - Brain Plasticity
Do you know someone who bites their fingernails ?
That is a habit as well. I know people who found it much easier to stop smoking than to stop biting their fingernails.
That shows you, how strong a habit can be.
Everyone knows, you can change a habit, but the question to ask is:
Habits are formed, not chosen.
I bet, you didn't think about smoking for a few days, and than you made up your mind that smoking is fantastic, and you will start smoking because it is cool and you will smoke for the rest of your life, did you ?
And just in case, you did, how old were you, when you made up your mind to smoke?
And than ask yourself right now; "are the reasons you started to smoke the same reason you smoke now"? Most likely not.
For most people, smoking just starts, without making up your mind to become a smoker, and by keeping up smoking you developed a habit. And as with most habits, they are hard to stop, because they fit into your lifestyle, unless you make up your mind, to change that habit.
Make up your mind of what you want. If you still defend your smoking habit, you are not ready.
Actually this is a funny moment. People are too worried to make up their mind to stop smoking, because deep down they know, if they do that, they will stop, but maybe they don't really want to, ..... ?
Hypnosis works, because it focuses on your subconscious mind, which will help your conscious logical mind to stick to your logical conclusions. If however, your sub-conscious mind is constantly sabotaging your conscious mind, because of a habit formed in the past, your good intentions will have a hard time to stick.
I am not fond of aversions therapy.
Aversion therapy was once the corner stone of Hypnotherapy. It's an old method of making you feel sick in your stomach or give you a bad taste when you smoke, and that becomes the reason for not smoking. It may sound feasible, but it never really worked. However it may still have a part to play in the overall concept of treatment, just not as the only method.
For a therapy concept to be effective, it has to take a number of factors into account.
Just lets remember, that the smoking problem is not just an addiction problem. It is a combination of habits, plus behavioural side effects, which can be as varied as; fear of weight gain - can't relax - can't talk to a partner without sharing a cigarette - doesn't know what else to do - and many other reasons that may prevent you stopping to smoke.
There are 3 ways to get Hypnosis treatment, first in line is the direct consultation, second is a workshop or group session and thirdly is an Anti-Smoking Hypnosis CD.
The CD may be seen as self help, as well as a back up treatment to whatever other method you have been using. The CD, has the added advantage to be relaxing, you have to take some time out to listen to it, and you can use it at any time you feel you need a top up or for reassurance.
Each method works slightly different in the hypnotic messages it supplies. A direct session with a Hypnotist will be best, because it will be tailored to your individual smoking behaviour.
In a hypnosis group session however, to get it to work, one has the generalize as much as possible. Each individuals subconscious mind will take what is appropriate for that individual.
By example, some smoke to relax, others smoke before they start to work to get going. These contradictions obviously can't be addressed with a specific hypnotic message like: "where before you have smoked now you will read a book". It needs to be addressed with something general, like... "and where before you have smoked now you will do without it and feel good about yourself." However, if you work with one patient at a time, you can add all kind of individual related messages into the script.
CD's, work like a group session with generalised messages, with the added benefit of a relaxation session.
Personally, I found Hypnosis most effective, when working with a patient for a 4 - 5 day period. This gives many additional options to deepen the messages and understanding, and to add additional tasks the patient has to do at home in between treatments.
Actually, to know how some of these hypnotic messages work, may help you to accept them even more..
Some general important messages for the subconscious are:
... and no desire to smoke at all ...
... and smoking is totally unnecessary for you ...
... and day be day, you feel less like smoking ..
... ( add a bit of aversion) > and the thought of smoking is very unpleasant and goes against everything you know and hold true.
... and lots of positive messages like :
... and your breathing will improve ... and your sense of smell will improve .. and you breath becomes more pleasant, and as each day goes by you will get better and better.
.. all these little messages and many more, plus specific ones are linked, with what is often called a "transformation - linkage".
For something to get accepted by your subconscious mind, it needs to be plausible to you.
That's where linkage comes in, where the plausible part of the message will be linked to the script part important for the anti-smoking purpose.
Linkage comes is different forms, from soft to strong.
A soft linkage is achieved simply with "and"; a medium linkage with words like; as, when, during, and a strong form with words like; makes, causes forces, requires etc.
.. here is a sample of a strong linkage >>
... and the closing of your eyes, will cause you to go into an even deeper sleep like state.
Now imagine, you start the Hypnosis with a gentle relaxation script, and slowly the transformation linkages become stronger, till you conscious mind is that busy, that it is not interfering with the messages intended for your subconscious mind.
The end result will be that you have no desire to smoke at all,
.......... and by the time you have read all this you will have stopped smoking :-) ... I nearly got you ... :-)
Hypnotherapy - having been a Clinical Hypnotist myself, and having helped many patients to stop smoking successfully, I am probably biased if I recommend this type of therapy.
However, in my case, I used Holistic Hypnotherapy in conjunction with Counselling - NLP - Homeopathy, Ear Acupuncture, even diet advice and nutritional supplements. It may be a bit over the top, but it worked well, and it was always an individual tailored treatment plan.
Not everyone needs everything, but because most smokers fear to gain weight if they stop smoking, I always addressed that problem at the same time, and I am sure other practitioners do the same.
... to find any other type of practitioner, click on any modality you feel comfortable with...
Different modalities will suit different people and requirements...
Most people who want to stop smoking will find it easier with some support behind them ...
.. as the song goes... >>
with ... "A Little Help from My Friends", written by Paul McCartney, with input from John Lennon,
.. find friends who can support you ...
Acupuncture - An Acupuncturist is a holistic practitioner who will take into account a wide variety of your symptoms to help you to to deal with stopping to smoke, and further more, acupuncture is reported to help withdrawal symptoms. The treatment will involved acupuncture needles, and often uses special needles which will stay inserted and can be pressed or stimulated by the patient.
Counselling - Counselling is nearly an essential help to stop smoking. A lot of people stop smoking, but have problems with the "co-lateral damages" so to speak. It is not only the addiction which seem to make it hard to stop, it may be much more a problem of what else is needed, and how to stop "Habit" in general, and what to do instead, and how to relax, some people even find it hard to talk to people without a cigarette in their hand. All these little things amount to a behavioural type of problem which once addressed, can be successfully eliminated.
Most of the time, a counseller is also a smoking cessation therapist, Hypnotist or NLP practitioner, and therefore is able to address all smoking related problems.
Homeopath - A Homeopath will be able to assist with finding appropriate remedies to first help you stop smoking, stop the craving - stop the addiction and stop the withdrawal symptoms. Personally, I like this approach in conjunction with a form of counselling to address lifestyle choices and behaviour.
Meditation - Many people are able to stop smoking by themselves, however they may still look for stress release or specific ways to help themselves, meditation is a tremendous benefit for everyone.
Naturopathy - Naturopathy is one of the main holistic traditional medicine modalities. Most Naturopath have had training in Lifestyle Counselling, Homeopathy, Nutrition often NLP or Hypnosis.
Information & recommendation provided ... by the Editor of Use Nature, Dieter Luske