Many smokers want to stop smoking, but find it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to do so because smoking is a subconscious habit. When a smoker has their first ever cigarette, it's unlikely they find it enjoyable, but they carry on practising until they become very proficient.
Once you become a regular smoker, eventually you no longer smoke at a conscious level. It becomes a subconscious action, which means that, by definition, the conscious mind is no longer in control. Your conscious mind can try as hard as it likes to stop smoking, but the sunconscious will carry on the habit because that's what it's been programmed to do.
How does it work?
The approach will vary depending on each individual's specific requirements, but it very loosely involves changing the automatic conditioned response in the subconscious mind that causes you to respond to certain triggers by smoking. This is something that many people cannot control through conscious thought processes because, when behaviours are so deeply ingrained in the subconscious, changes often can't be implemented at a conscious level.
Under hypnosis, the learned response within the subconscious can be changed to something more appropriate to the situation, so that in future, you will be calm, relaxed and in control in the situations where you used to succumb to your smoking habit. This leads to a profound increase in motivation to change habitual behaviours that are linked to it. You then learn how to handle trigger situations much more effectively, replacing negative emotions and responses with positive ones and remaining in control.
This prevents you from seeking to fill the void created by stopping smoking with another vice, such as overeating. It also means that the continued cravings for cigarettes that are suffered by many ex-smokers can be avoided, as well as other symptoms, such as increased irritability.
Staying on the right path
Reverting back to your smoking habit is avoided by making sure that you have the resources, positive habits, new experiences and understanding to stay on your chosen path, and remain free from smoking. The whole programme fosters a deep sense of self-belief that helps strengthen and maintain the desired changes.
It's important to stress that you have to want to give up smoking for the therapy to work, rather than just thinking that perhaps you should give up. If you aren't committed, then the hypnotherapy is much less likely to work. Our Stop Smoking therapy is extremely effective, but it's not magic. However, if you genuinely want to give up smoking, you will greatly increase your chances of success.