How I Stopped Smoking For Good

Stop Smoking For Good

Stop Smoking For Good

One sunny afternoon in 2011, Debbie, our teacher asked whether there were any smokers in the room. Myself and two other hypnotherapy students, Charlotte and Ross[1], warily raised our hands. The teacher then asked whether we wanted to stop smoking. Myself and Ross admitted that we did not, leaving Charlotte, to “volunteer” for a session of “Stopping Smoking Through Hypnotherapy” with Debbie.

In fact, I did want to stop smoking. I just wasn’t convinced that now would be a good time. But instead of simply observing, with the rest of the students, I allowed myself to be hypnotized along with Charlotte, closing my eyes, relaxing deeply and engaging with the teacher’s trance induction.

Debbie was highly competent and quick thinking. Having asked Charlotte a few personal questions, she was able to create a bespoke hypnotherapy session, right there on the spot. Much of the hypnotic suggestion was personal to Charlotte, but when Debbie started talking about growths on the tongue and cancer of the throat, her words seemed to sear themselves directly into my subconscious mind.

I already knew that smoking can lead to slow and painful death – who doesn’t? But before that day, I’d always felt that other people would be unlucky – not me. Suddenly, I was on the spot. I had been a smoker for twenty years. And under hypnosis, I was afraid. My throat went dry and my tongue tingled. Blood beat in my ears. Why do you smoke? I was thinking, Why do you do this terrible thing to yourself?

When Debbie brought Charlotte (and me) back into full consciousness, my forehead was damp with sweat. At break time, instead of heading outside for a cigarette as usual, I headed to the Gents. In front of the mirror, I anxiously examined my mouth and tongue for lesions or growths. Thankfully, there did not seem to be any damage.

Smoking is a hugely addictive habit and I did continue to smoke, intermittently, for a few weeks. But the fear ignited by Debbie’s words proved stronger than my attachment to cigarettes. Long before the summer’s end, I had stopped forever and I knew it. I can vividly recall the last time I touched a cigarette. The certainty that I would never touch another is still with me, five years later. I have absolutely no desire to smoke.

Where other techniques had failed, hypnotherapy worked for me. I became – and remain – a passionate non-smoker. For this reason, I am committed to helping others stop smoking forever, through hypnotherapy.

[1] Events are real, names are fictitious

Stop Smoking For Good

Stop Smoking For Good

 

Question: Can hypnotherapy help you to stop smoking – for good?

Answer: Yes, provided you are already highly motivated.

I smoked for over twenty-five years and hypnotherapy played a fundamental part in my stopping for good. If your motivation is strong, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence in support of the efficacy of hypnotherapy in smoking cessation: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-153666/Could-hypnotism-patches-help-smoking.html

However, before deciding to embark upon a course of hypnotherapy – or any other smoking cessation strategy – I believe that you should take a long, hard look at yourself in the mirror. Then ask yourself the following questions: “Do I really want to stop smoking – now?” “Do I really want to stop smoking – for good?”

If the honest answer to both questions is “yes” then I am convinced that hypnotherapy can help you. It has the added advantages of being generally enjoyable (based as it is upon relaxation); drug free; and relatively rapid (between one and four sessions should suffice).

The benefits of stopping smoking are huge. In addition to increased lung power, better skin, more money, losing my smoker’s cough and ridding myself of pins-and-needles, I have discovered that I am better able to concentrate – and generally happier, as a non-smoker.

I would probably have stopped for good even without hypnotherapy. But I believe that it would have taken me longer and been a more painstaking process. In the event, one hypnotherapy session was enough to convince me that I need never, ever, smoke again.

If you are committed to stopping smoking for good, I wish you the best of luck!

Stop Smoking Forever

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What: A free hypnotherapy session, to help you Stop Smoking – Forever

When: 10th January 2015. Arrive between 14.00 and 14.30 for a prompt start.

Where: The Yoga Rooms, 483 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton M21 8AG.

If your New Year’s resolution was to stop smoking forever, come along to this free community event.

Tom Bailey (Dip Hyp) a qualified hypnotherapist and counsellor will show you how hypnotherapy can help you to enjoy a smoke free future.

No need to book – just come along on 10th January and enjoy the event. Any further information, mail me at tombailey@chorltoncounselling.co.uk