What to Expect
The Habit Pattern
Much of smoking addiction is a mental attachment to the regular routine of smoking. We discuss your daily routine and the associations you make with smoking.
I will learn what has helped or not helped you quit smoking in the past to devise an approach specific to you. If you quit previously then picked up smoking again, we will discuss that experience.
We will discuss key points concerning the effects of nicotine. While I believe the habit pattern is a much greater obstacle to quitting smoking than nicotine addiction, I find that understanding how nicotine really works helps most people to let go of it more easily.
Relaxation of general stress and anxiety
Hypnosis is deeply relaxing. I help you to enter and maintain a highly relaxed state of trance for a duration sufficient to trigger the parasympathetic relaxation response, which clears away stress, giving you the best possible starting point for success.
Imagery and Suggestive Therapeutics
In hypnosis the critical faculty of the conscious mind relaxes, allowing the unconscious to be influenced by imagery and suggestions. I use a variety of methods to free your thoughts and feelings from the smoking habit.
Avoiding Substitute Behaviors
Many people are concerned that they will replace smoking with another habit, especially eating. My goal is to help you quit smoking by feeling relaxed and in control without the restlessness that causes people to substitute other behaviors.
In hypnosis, and sometimes after emerging from hypnosis, I prepare you with quick tools to manage the acute stress of life's difficult situations, thoughts, and emotions without cigarettes. For many people these responses are immediately or soon become unconscious and automatic.
After our session
I provide written and recorded resources for relaxation and stress management. I follow up with you at intervals to assure your long-term success. With personal guidance and support, you really can stop the smoking habit.
Will I quit smoking gradually or all at once?
Very few people ask me to help them reduce their habit gradually. I find that people who are really ready to quit smoking almost always want to stop completely.
When stopping smoking, it is best to get nicotine out of your body as soon as possible. Reducing smoking gradually is not easier than stopping at once. It only drags it out and causes you to focus on the habit even more. It is best to stop completely when you are feeling motivated to do it. Get it over with, and let hypnosis help you adjust quickly to feeling like a nonsmoker.
Does it matter how long I have smoked or how much I smoke?
I have not observed any correlations between duration or quantity of smoking and responsiveness to hypnosis. I see people who have smoked for thirty or more years succeed just as easily as those who have smoked for a decade.
Heavy smokers who smoke between half a pack and two packs per day can succeed just as easily as those who smoke only a few. In fact, some heavy smokers sometimes quit more easily than occasional smokers. In either case, I tailor the process to your specific behaviors.
I also provide help with chewing tobacco and addiction to vaporizers and nicotine supplements.