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Are you one of the six million people in the UK who want to stop smoking? Well, this month may be your chance to save your health and your wealth! After all, even if you smoke just five cigarettes a day then you will be spending, on average, £730 a year on the habit!

However you decide to spend the cash then surely it has to be better than spending it on a habit which is likely, ultimately, to cause pain and death. Remember this – it’s been estimated that half of long-term smokers die prematurely and so lose an average of ten years of their life for this expensive habit…

Many people who try to stop smoking find that it is one of the most difficult challenges they face. Some smokers conquer their addiction through pure strength of mind alone, however quite a few find that this approach just doesn’t work for them. They simply lose sight of why they’re doing this in the first place.

Unfortunately, self-control used on its own is often an unreliable tactic for beating addictions. Self-control works by using the conscious mind to get over what are often complex, subconscious-based behavioural patterns. Despite the fact that some people do get lucky and find success through making use of determination, it’s a rather hit-and-miss technique to use. This is because our subconscious driving forces are usually stronger than our consciousness especially when stressed, tired or under the influence.

To increase the odds of stopping smoking, it’s imperative that smokers appreciate the cause of the dependency. For example, do they smoke because they think that it relieves stress and anxiety, or do they smoke cigarettes because it gives the hands something to do? Knowing the reasons why we do something might helps us to choose the best method of letting go. Honesty can also be important; perhaps you are somebody who has already tried and failed to quit smoking numerous times, and now it’s time for you to acknowledge that you may require some support.

Why is hypnosis right for people who want to stop smoking?

Research shows that hypnotherapy like with other nicotine replacement products can be very successful. Hypnotherapy works on the supposition that only around 5-10% of the overall dependency on cigarettes is due to nicotine addiction, and the rest is emotional/psychological. If people want to effectively overcome smoking addiction, the subconscious mind must be engaged, and this is where a hypnotic approach can really help.

Local Hypnotherapist and CNHC** member Liane Ulbricht-Kazan explains “Firstly, we check that the client has a strong intention to quit. Then we look at how the brain works in relation to smoking and why the person smokes, taking into account their life context. We discuss the inner dialogue; the inner voice, which encourages smoking and the one, which says stop. There is a lot we can do to remove these contradictions, and finally, with the application of hypnosis, we create a place in the mind, where smoking doesn’t exist at all.”

But can it really work to help people stop smoking?

We are all obviously unique, so no single hypnotherapy treatment strategy is certain to work for everybody. However, countless clients find hypnotherapy to be an incredibly relaxing sensation, often discovering that they leave the session feeling they can achieve their goal. A hypnotic approach has supported a lot of smokers in giving up for good, but this fact that can only be proven many years down the line…

Indeed a strong intension is still required, and even though self-discipline alone will often be unsuccessful, it is still a fundamental part of the process. If you would like to stop smoking, ask yourself on a scale from 1-10, 10 being highly motivated/ strong intention, where are you? If your intention is 7 and higher than hypnotherapy can be very successful.

Liane Ulbricht-Kazan is a fully qualified and insured clinical Hypnotherapist practicing at the Marybrook Medical Centre, where she helps people quit in the course of a single two hour session. So why not get in touch with her today.

* The NHS is running a 28 day NHS campaign called Stoptober, because the evidence says if you can stop for 28 days you are five times more likely to give up for good. Details from their website.
** The complementary and Natural Healthcare Council’s register is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. All practitioners registered with CNHC have demonstrated they meet national standards.