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Smoking Cessation

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Smoking is a tough habit to break. There are different opinions as to why that is. Some programs focus on the chemical part of things, opting for nicotine replacement therapy to ease the cravings. Others focus on the behaviors around smoking and try to break the cycle that way. Still others offer prescription medications that can block or simulate nicotine reception in the brain, trigger pleasure centers like smoking can or try to block the depression-like symptoms that quitting can cause. Maybe you have tried one or more of these methods. There are programs that advocate for replacing the action of smoking with something like carrot sticks, programs that want you to go "cold turkey" quit suddenly and programs that taper your smoking down a bit at a time. There are even programs that use electric shock to try to make you hate smoking or that use drugs or even large doses of tobacco products to make you ill enough to want to give up tobacco.

Each of these works for someone. But most experts agree that a combination of things works best for the most people. Almost a decade ago, I worked for the company that ran the state tobacco quitlines. It was funded by that big tobacco company settlement where a bunch of states sued the tobacco companies for a zillion dollars because of increased healthcare costs in their states. The states won but had to spend the money on smoking cessation.  At that company, I saw some very, very bright people build programs that worked in percentages that were higher than any program seen before and as they fine-tuned, those percentages increased. A lot of employers offered the programs as employee benefits. I had even used the program even before I worked there because it was offered by a prior employer and I needed to quit my own tobacco problem. That goes back almost 15 years ago now.

The program used by that company for the state tobacco quit lines had you tapering down to a "quit date", then offered counseling and nicotine replacement to ease you through the transition to being an "ex-smoker". It worked really well. In my opinion, the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) folks who created, that program, then fine-tuned it to make it stronger, knew what they were doing. They got it right. The numbers showed that, over and over again. I experienced it and I saw it in action hundreds and hundreds of times.

But there's one thing I would change to make the program even better. I'd add hypnosis.

It's not really a practical thing for a phone-based counseling service to provide, so their counseling was more talk-based. But if a well-trained hypnotherapist can get your conscious mind to step aside, that part of you that doubts you can do it this time or points out the other times it didn't work, and instead your subconscious mind steps up and says "Not only is this possible, we are going to do it!"  then it's going to happen.

I have that training and a great success record. I am certified by the American Hypnosis Association in "Hypnosis and Smoking Cessation".  If you do your part I know how to reinforce your efforts to make you stronger. I know how to make you feel it's not just possible, but probable. Sure, there's no guarantee, but this is completely doable for you with a bit of work and some support.

I want to mention that I decline more stop smoking clients than I accept. Often people are quitting for all the wrong reasons; because their doctor told them to or because their spouse told them to and so on. Hypnosis will strengthen your willpower and make quitting easier than you might imagine, but it's not a miracle cure or magic bullet. You have to want to quit, then I can enable you. In most cases, I ask to meet with a new stop smoking client before they book a single paid session. Out of this 30-minute consultation, we decide if we are going to work together and create a plan if we are. Feel free to email me for details before you book a paid session.

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90.6% Success Rate for Smoking Cessation Using Hypnosis

Of 43 consecutive patients undergoing this treatment protocol, 39 reported remaining abstinent from tobacco use at follow-up (6 months to 3 years post-treatment). This represents a 90.6% success rate using hypnosis.

University of Washington School of Medicine, Depts. of Anesthesiology and Rehabilitation Medicine, Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2001 Jul;49(3):257-66. Barber J.

87% Reported Abstinence From Tobacco Use With Hypnosis

A field study of 93 male and 93 female CMHC outpatients examined the facilitation of smoking cessation by using hypnosis. At 3-month follow-up, 86% of the men and 87% of the women reported continued abstinence from the use of tobacco using hypnosis.

Performance by gender in a stop-smoking program combining hypnosis and aversion. Johnson DL, Karkut RT. Adkar Associates, Inc., Bloomington, Indiana. Psychol Rep. 1994 Oct;75(2):851-7. PMID: 7862796 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

81% Reported They Had Stopped Smoking After Hypnosis

Thirty smokers enrolled in an HMO were referred by their primary physician for treatment. Twenty-one patients returned after an initial consultation and received hypnosis for smoking cessation. At the end of treatment, 81% of those patients reported that they had stopped smoking, and 48% reported abstinence at 12 months post-treatment.

Texas A&M University, System Health Science Center, College of Medicine, College Station, TX USA. Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2004 Jan;52(1):73-81. Clinical hypnosis for smoking cessation: preliminary results of a three-session intervention. Elkins GR, Rajab MH.

Hypnosis Patients Twice As Likely To Remain Smoke-Free After Two Years

Study of 71 smokers showed that after a two-year follow up, patients that quit with hypnosis were twice as likely to remain smoke-free than those who quit on their own.

Guided health imagery for smoking cessation and long-term abstinence. Wynd, CA. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2005; 37:3, pages 245-250.

Hypnosis More Effective Than Drug Interventions For Smoking Cessation

Group hypnosis sessions, evaluated at a less effective success rate (22% success) than individualized hypnosis sessions. However, group hypnosis sessions were still demonstrated here as being more effective than drug interventions.

Ohio State University, College of Nursing, Columbus, OH 43210, USA Descriptive outcomes of the American Lung Association of Ohio hypnotherapy smoking cessation program. Ahijevych K, Yerardi R, Nedilsky N.

Hypnosis Most Effective Says Largest Study Ever: 3 Times as Effective as Patch and 15 Times as Effective as Willpower.

Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit. A meta-analysis, statistically combining results of more than 600 studies of 72,000 people from America and Europe to compare various methods of quitting. On average, hypnosis was over three times as effective as nicotine replacement methods and 15 times as effective as trying to quit alone.

University of Iowa, Journal of Applied Psychology, How One in Five Give Up Smoking. October 1992.