uitting smoking or chewing tobacco are just 2 of the many habits/addictions that are often addressed with Hypnosis. While teaching Quit Tobacco classes for 4 years I learned much that I like to share with people who might be struggling. While my classes (through a county Public Health Department) did not include hypnosis, I used tools like Guided Imagery and many people found this very helpful.
First let me share with you a few facts that I learned and shared with my students. There are over 4000 chemicals in cigarettes. Some have been put there with the sole intention of addicting the brain. Scientists have been hired by big tobacco companies over the years to create a product so addicting that their profits will continue to grow. Yes, NICOTINE IS an ADDICTIVE DRUG, despite tobacco companies denial in their 1994 untruthful testimony before Congress.
Well, what about chewing tobacco? Some people think that chewing tobacco is better for them because they’re not inhaling. After all, look at our sports figures, particularly baseball players that often tuck a wad of tobacco in their gum before coming up to bat. Do you think they know that the industry has included FIBERGLASS in the tobacco causing their gums to get cut open just enough to let the addictive nicotine in…making sure they, too, get addicted? So, while chewers are not getting the carbon monoxide from inhaling the burning tobacco, they’re still getting a good dose of nicotine going right into their blood stream through the tissues in their mouth.
Ok, so if that doesn’t make you mad enough to quit…maybe you’re not ready. Hypnosis can only help you when you are ready…and that goes for any habit, addiction, problem etc. Sorry to tell you, hypnosis is not a magic pill or any sort of panacea. But, when you are ready, it makes quitting a whole lot easier!
When you find yourself thinking about quitting, struggling with the conflict between loving it and hating it, a little test I recommend is to ask yourself “On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being “no way, I love them” and 10 being “I’m so done I can’t stand them anymore”, where are you at? If you’re less than 5 or 6, you’re probably not ready. So, maybe try to come up with some things that might get you higher on that scale. But, if you’re at least a 7, then it might just be time to take that first step by finding a hypnotist/hypnotherapist. Using hypnosis to quit an addiction does make it much more palatable through the reprogramming of the subconscious mind. So, while it takes about 21 days to break a habit (and quitting smoking is primarily habitual after the first 3-4 days while the nicotine is leaving the body) hypnosis helps create new habits, making the old ones go by the wayside.
I also learned valuable tips and tricks from my students that I want to share with you now. By changing one cigarette ritual at a time, you can get a peek into how easy it can be. A 40 year old man in my classes decided to do something different when he first woke up in the morning. He immediately jumped in the shower upon awakening instead of having that first cigarette. He was surprised to find that the desire passed so quickly, easily eliminating the first morning cigarette. Another student decided to take her dog for a walk as soon as she woke up. This helped her eliminate her first cigarette and her dog was sure happy! I had a woman in her 60’s sit in a different location for her first morning cigarette. When she sat at the opposite end of her dining room table from where she normally sat, the desire for that cigarette was gone. The urge subsides within 3-5 minutes. So, keeping yourself busy for that brief time might just help you get to that “7” more easily than you thought.